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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 »

Events

REGISTRATION
GSSW Diversity Conference and Alumni Award Event

JANUARY 11, 2013
8:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
McGuinn 121
Parking: Beacon Street Garage levels 3 or 4 (entrances are on levels 1 and 2). Visitor parking rates apply without a Boston College parking permit.
Free, but REGISTRATION REQUIRED BELOW
3 CEUs offered

Workshops

Participants can choose to attend one of the following workshops:

  • "The 113th Congress: An Overview of Legislative Priorities for Enhancing Disability Rights and Advocacy for Social Justice"
    Mark Perriello, President and CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
  • "In Our Own Voice"
    Marylou Sudders, GSSW Associate Professor and Chair of Health & Mental Health Concentration
    Laurie Martinelli, Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness

    A presentation by consumers that creates awareness about what is involved in recovery from mental illness. It is intended as a powerful anti-stigma tool to change hearts, minds, and attitudes about mental illness. It offers powerful testimony that recovery from mental illness is an ongoing reality.
  • "The Hidden Wounds of War"
    Julie Canfield, PhD, LICSW, GSSW Adjunct Faculty, GSSW Veterans & Families Initiative Head
    Kevin M. Casey, LICSW, GSSW Adjunct Faculty, VISN 1 Network Homeless Coordinator

    A workshop exploring social work practice with veterans and their families with specific attention to the impact of enduring psychological trauma and traumatic brain injury.
  • "When Disabilities Are All in the Family: Support and Advocacy for Those with Chronic Medical Conditions"
    Cheryl Sullivan Staveley, RN, past member of Boston College Pediatric Palliative Care Advisory Board, former member of Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Chapter of the Huntington Disease Society of America
    Kenna M. Sullivan, LICSW, GSSW Field Education Specialist
    This workshop will discuss the benefits of group psychoeducational and support services for caregivers and family/friends of persons living with chronic medical conditions.

You will be notified of your designated workshop on the day of the event at check in.

See complete event details »

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