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Erika Sabbath Earns Major CDC Grant

SEPTEMBER 18, 2014

Assistant Professor Erika Sabbath, who recently joined Boston College School of Social Work, has been awarded a major grant for research into the economic and health effects of psychosocial workplace exposures.

According to a report in the Boston College Chronicle, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) grant is part of a program designed to support early-career scholars. Sabbath is the first BC Social Work professor to receive such a grant.  More about Erika Sabbath's grant award »

BC Social Work Launches Blog

SEPTEMBER 16, 2014

The Boston College School of Social Work proudly announces the launch of a new school blog: Innovate@BCSocialWork, an interactive space designed to serve those who are committed to social justice. While the blog will serve the students, alumni, and faculty of the school, it's intended for anyone seeking to engage in an intellectual forum about how to make transformation happen.

The goal of Innovate@BCSocialWork is to build a community of people who care about the study of social work in higher education, while highlighting social work practice and research taking place both within, and beyond, BC's campus walls.  More about BC Social Work Blog »

Q & A: Field Education Director Walks in the Shoes of a Client

AUGUST 12, 2014

LIFTopolis is a unique event sponsored by LIFT, a non-profit organization devoted to establishing "a new standard for holistic and enduring solutions in our country's fight against poverty."

During the course of two days, LIFTopolis attendees (including social workers, social work educators, and students) engage in an interactive simulation where they're asked to "navigate the complex process of obtaining stable housing, employment, and other basic needs when living in poverty." In short, participants spend time walking in the shoes of the men, women, and children they provide, or will provide, services to.

This year, BC Social Work Director of Field Education Sue Coleman took part in LIFTopolis for the first time, an event which she says was an "eye-opening experience that could serve as a great resource for many in the field of social work."  More about LIFTopolis »

GSSW in the News
Jessica Black Awarded University Ignite Grant to Support Neuroscience Research

AUGUST 11, 2014

Assistant Professor Jessica Black was recently awarded an Ignite grant, one of two new grant programs launched by Boston College to provide seed funding for new faculty scholarship and cross-discipline collaboration. Black said her Ignite award will support her research on youth with or at risk for learning disabilities as part of a team that includes researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, and Stanford University.

"This Ignite Award is important to expand learning disabilities research beyond deficit and risk to also include explicit focus on under explored protective processes – such as academic and non-academic strengths, future orientation, motivation, and mentor relationships – that may contribute to resilience outcomes for these youth," Black said. The team is preparing to seek federal funding for a large-scale, long-term youth study using neuro-imaging.  More about Jessica Black's grant award »

GSSW in the News
BC-Santander Agreement Extends International PhD Program

JULY 11, 2014

A Boston College program that aims to build global expertise in social welfare has been renewed for three years, following an agreement with Santander Universities, a division of Santander Bank, NA.

University President William P. Leahy, SJ, and Roman Blanco, president and CEO of Santander Bank US, formally extended the BC-Santander agreement at a July 8 signing ceremony attended by BC and Santander representatives. Under the agreement, Santander will continue its support for the University's international doctoral program in social welfare, headquartered in the Graduate School of Social Work.  More about the BC-Santander Agreement »

Events

For a complete list of upcoming events, please visit the GSSW Facebook page »
PhD Information Session Webinar

SEPTEMBER 30, 2014
5:00–6:00 p.m.

Boston College Graduate School of Social Work invites you to participate in an interactive PhD Information Session Webinar to learn about our PhD programs and ask questions. This session will be facilitated by the Program Director, Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, and by current Boston College PhD students.  More about the PhD Information Session Webinar »

Diversity + Field Education Day

SEPTEMBER 8, 2014
9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons, Chestnut Hill Campus

A conversation about race and justice for students and faculty with agency leaders, followed by Field Education Orientation for all students scheduled to begin their First Year Internship in September.  More about Diversity + Field Education Day »

BC Social Work Student Collective Barbecue

SEPTEMBER 4, 2014
5:00–7:00 p.m.
McGuinn Lawn
Rain location: McGuinn 521

The Boston College Graduate School of Social Work Student Collective will host a barbecue to celebrate the start of the new academic year. The entire BC Social Work community is invited to this annual informal get-together.  More about BC Social Work Student Collective Barbecue »

Two-Year MSW Program Orientation

SEPTEMBER 2, 2014
8:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons, Chestnut Hill Campus

See Orientation Schedule for details.

Three-Year MSW Student Orientation

AUGUST 27, 2014
4:30–7:30 p.m.
Gasson 100, Chestnut Hill Campus

See Orientation Schedule for details.

Orientation for Field Supervisors

AUGUST 19, 2014
9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
McGuinn Hall 121

Presentation and breakout sessions.  More about Orientation for Field Supervisors »

Newly Admitted Students Reception & Resource Fair

MAY 12, 2014
4:30–6:30 p.m.
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
RSVP by May 9, 2014, to 617-552-4024 or swadmit@bc.edu

Congratulations on your acceptance to Boston College Graduate School of Social Work! Meet other admitted students, current students, faculty, and staff at this reception. Appetizers and light refreshments will be available.  More about the Newly Admitted Students Reception »

Commencement 2014

MAY 19, 2014
9:15 a.m. — Academic Procession
10:00 a.m. — University Commencement (main ceremony)
12:00–2:00 p.m.— Graduate School of Social Work Diploma Ceremony

The 138th Commencement of Boston College will be held on Monday, May 19, 2014. The University Commencement, which is attended by all graduates, is held in Alumni Stadium (rain or shine) and will begin with the Academic Procession at 9:15 a.m. and end after approximately two hours. The Graduate School of Social Work Diploma Ceremony is held following the University Commencement at approximately 12:00 p.m. on Burns Lawn.  More about Commencement »

Social Innovation Day 2014

APRIL 8, 2014
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
2101 Commonwealth Avenue, Brighton Campus

Teams of first-year social work students in the Macro: Social Innovation and Leadership (SIL) track will gather for a daylong series of presentations and collaborative exercises to apply the concepts they have learned this semester in a hands-on lab. Team members will conceptualize creative and sustainable solutions to societal issues and then present their solutions to a panel of experts for feedback.

The keynote speaker will be Michael Moloney, President and CEO of Horace Mann Educational Associates.  More about Social Innovation Day »

Mary Mason Appreciation Breakfast for Field Supervisors

APRIL 1, 2014
9:30 a.m.–Noon
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
2 CEUs
Free, but REGISTRATION REQUIRED by March 24, 2014

Field supervisors and their interns are invited to attend the annual Mary Mason Field Appreciation Breakfast. Named in honor of Mary A. Mason, the longest serving Director of Field Education at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, the event is an opportunity to thank supervisors for their significant contribution to our students' training and education.  More about the Mary Mason Breakfast »

Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture
Mary Catherine Bateson: "On the Work of Societal Healing"

MARCH 28, 2014
8:30–11:00 a.m.
Murray Room, Yawkey Center
1.25 CEUs. Breakfast buffet
Free, but REGISTRATION REQUIRED by March 25, 2014

Mary Catherine Bateson is a writer and cultural anthropologist. Bateson's books include With a Daughter's Eye: A Memoir of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson and the best-selling Composing a Life. Her most recent book, Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom, focuses on the contributions of engaged older adults and was written to raise consciousness of the changing life cycle and to encourage older adults to claim a voice for the future.  More about the Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture »

Macro-SIL Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series:
Andrea Perry, Executive Director of YouthConnect

MARCH 28, 2014
11:50 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Faculty Dining Room, McElroy Commons
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Limited to 10 students only. Please email Chris Watt at christopher.watt@bc.edu to reserve your spot.

The Macro-SIL Program at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work is sponsoring a Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series during the 2013-2014 academic year. Leaders are invited to campus to bring their expertise in administration, policy, change management/transformation, and social innovation to the discussions. They are interviewed about their greatest leadership challenge, their most important leadership lesson, and advice for students. A facilitated Q&A session with students will follow each interview.

Andrea Perry is Executive Director of YouthConnect at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston.  More about Macro-SIL Leadership Speakers Luncheon with Andrea Perry »

BC Social Work Recruitment Fair

MARCH 21, 2014
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Murray Room, 4th Floor, Yawkey Center

Recruiters from across New England will be on campus to talk to students about employment opportunities at their agencies. Boston College Graduate School of Social Work students and alumni are invited to meet with area agency representatives and pick up materials and handouts describing their programs.  More about the BC Social Work Recruitment Fair »

Health Care Reform: From Policy to Practice

FEBRUARY 24, 2014
1:15–1:30 p.m. Registration
1:30-5:00 p.m. Program and Reception
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons. Maps and directions
Parking available. See parking rates and information
Free, but REGISTRATION REQUIRED
3.4 CEUs

Boston College students, alumni, faculty, staff, field agencies, and advisors are invited to attend an afternoon conference, "Health Care Reform: From Policy to Practice," to examine the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the challenges and opportunities for expanding the roles and influence of social workers. This event brings together leaders and social work practitioners to provide insight into the future landscape for social workers.

Keynote speaker Charles D. Baker, Jr., Candidate for Governor of Massachusetts and former Chief Executive Officer, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. Panel moderator Angelo McClain, PhD '01, Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Social Workers and former Commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.  More about the Health Care Reform Forum »

Macro-SIL Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series:
John Larivee, Chief Executive Officer of Community Resources for Justice

FEBRUARY 14, 2014
11:50 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Faculty Dining Room, McElroy Commons
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Limited to 10 students only. Please email Chris Watt at christopher.watt@bc.edu to reserve your spot.

The Macro-SIL Program at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work is sponsoring a Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series during the 2013-2014 academic year. Leaders are invited to campus to bring their expertise in administration, policy, change management/transformation, and social innovation to the discussions. They are interviewed about their greatest leadership challenge, their most important leadership lesson, and advice for students. A facilitated Q&A session with students will follow each interview.

John Larivee is Chief Executive Officer at Community Resources for Justice in Boston, MA.  More about Macro-SIL Leadership Speakers Luncheon with John Larivee »

Social Work Licensure Workshop

FEBRUARY 6, 2014
12:30–2:00 p.m.
McElroy Conference Room, Room 237, McElroy Commons

A member from the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Social Work will explain the social work licensure process in Massachusetts. While they will not be able to answer specific questions about requirements in other states, the process is similar enough in other states (except California) to make it worthwhile to attend for students looking to practice outside of Massachusetts.  More about the Social Work Licensure Workshop »

Macro-SIL Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series:
Stephen Seiner, Director of Neurotherapeutics at McLean Hospital

JANUARY 31, 2014
11:50 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Faculty Dining Room, McElroy Commons
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Limited to 10 students only. Please email Chris Watt at christopher.watt@bc.edu to reserve your spot.

The Macro-SIL Program at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work is sponsoring a Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series during the 2013-2014 academic year. Leaders are invited to campus to bring their expertise in administration, policy, change management/transformation, and social innovation to the discussions. They are interviewed about their greatest leadership challenge, their most important leadership lesson, and advice for students. A facilitated Q&A session with students will follow each interview.

Stephen J. Seiner is the Director of Psychiatric Neurotherapeutics at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA.  More about Macro-SIL Leadership Speakers Luncheon with Stephen Seiner »

Health Reform: How Can I Change Health Care?

JANUARY 30, 2014
12:30–1:50 p.m.
McGuinn 521
Parking available in the Beacon Street Garage
See parking rates and information
1.5 CEUs

As health care reform continues to unfold across the U.S., Boston College Graduate School of Social Work is exploring the context of the reform and its impact on the social work profession. Our school has invited key thought-leaders on health care to speak in a series of presentations, which will culminate in a "Health Care Reform: From Policy to Practice" forum on February 24, 2014. For the second discussion in this series, Nancy Lane, Chief Executive Officer of Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership and President of Mass Market, Value Options, Inc., will speak on what social workers can do to improve health care.  More about Health Reform Discussion with Nancy Lane »

Diversity Conference & Alumni Awards Event
"Diversity & Aging: Perceptions, Perspectives & Populations"

JANUARY 10, 2014
8:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Murray Room, Yawkey Center
Parking available in the Beacon Street Garage. See parking rates and information.
Free, but REGISTRATION REQUIRED
3 CEUs

Students, alumni, faculty, and staff are invited to attend a morning conference, "Diversity & Aging: Perceptions, Perspectives & Populations," to explore the intersections of diversity and social work practice and to honor this year's recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Awards. This event brings the entire Boston College Graduate School of Social Work community together at the start of the second semester to deepen our respect for the complex diversity of the people and communities we are privileged to serve and to strengthen our practice skills.

In academic year 2013-2014, the GSSW community is focusing on Justice, Diversity, and Aging. In keeping with that focus, this conference will explore the challenges that social workers face in meeting the needs of older immigrants and refugees and older LGBT men and women.  More about the Diversity Conference & Alumni Awards Event »