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Field Education Office Professional Development Workshop

BSW Cording & MSW Hooding

Daniel Freedman, PhD, MSW, LCSW

Making Change Happen

For Dr. Daniel Freedman, it’s the small epiphanies that matter. When he sees a client take a step toward recovery or witnesses a student having an “ah-ha moment,” he knows he’s making a difference. Dr. Freedman has found that clinical work and teaching both have their challenges, but he believes that empowering individuals to improve their lives makes this difficult work worthwhile. As he notes, “What better way to have a career than by helping people?”

Although Dr. Freedman knew he wanted to be a counselor since he was a teenager, he has recently felt a growing interest in teaching future social workers. With an extensive background in clinical practice, particularly in addictions and mental health, he says he’s found the best of both worlds as a clinical instructor at USC.

Dr. Freedman hopes to use his previous work in the field to provide students the experiential instruction they need to become better practitioners. In turn, he says the altruism of social work students continues to inspire him to make change happen in the classroom and beyond.

Research Background

Dr. Freedman is the BSW and Undergraduate Program Coordinator in the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Freedman’s research interests are to quantitatively explore, describe, and explain the roles of meaning and spirituality on recovery from mental health and substance use disorders. Recovery in this context refers to improved psychosocial functioning, plus reductions in episodic disturbances, symptoms, hospitalizations, and substance use. Dr. Freedman is also invested in understanding and improving practice behavior competencies among students at the BSW and MSW levels.

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Major Course Taught
  • SOWK 726 - Clinical Supervision
  • SOWK 725 - Advanced Practice with Families
  • SOWK 710 - Foundations of Social Work Practice with Groups
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