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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

Forum on Housing for Vulnerable Young Adults

JUNE 11, 2013
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Murray Room, Yawkey Center
RSVP required by May 28, 2013, to agingouttaskforce@gmail.com.

The Forum on Housing for Vulnerable Young Adults will bring together representatives of agencies with successful housing programs for vulnerable populations from across Massachusetts to discuss who they serve, what type of housing and services are provided, where housing is located, when and how it was established, and why their program is working.

The forum is co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Task Force on Youth Aging Out of Department of Child & Family Serivces (DCF) Care and the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.

Schedule
9:009:30 a.m. Welcome and Continental Breakfast
9:3011:00 a.m. Panel Presentations
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Roundtable Discussion and Q&A

Welcome and Continental Breakfast
The program will begin with a welcome address presented by Joan Wallace-Benjamin, PhD, President & CEO, The Home for Little Wanderers, and Maria Z. Mossaides, JD, Executive Director, Cambridge Family & Children's Service.

Panel Presentations
Representatives from five area programs, Gándara Center of Springfield, The Children's Study Home of Springfield, Dial/Self of Greenfield, Caritas Communities of Braintree, and The Home for Little Wanderers of Boston, will present about their housing programs for vulnerable populations:

Pamela Cook — Director, Gándara Center
Kim Majewski — Director of Community Services, Gándara Center
Kaylee Nicholls — Case Manager, Gándara Center
Eliza Crescentini — Executive Director, The Children's Study Home
Christine Lopez — Director of Residential Programs, The Children's Study Home
Robert Perry — Community Volunteer, The Children's Study Program
Phillip Ringwood — Acting Executive Director, Dial/Self
Lisa Goldsmith — Senior Director of Programs, Dial/Self
Mark Winkeller — Executive Director, Caritas Communities
Lavette Pitts — Program Director, Roxbury Village, The Home for Little Wanderers

Roundtable Discussion and Audience Q&A
The program will close with a roundtable discussion with a question and answer session facilitated by Stephanie Berzin, PhD, MSSW, Chair of the Children, Youth, and Families Concentration at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.

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The Massachusetts Task Force on Aging Out of DCF Care is a coalition co-chaired by the Home for Little Wanderers and Cambridge Family & Children's Service. Overall membership includes more than 40 child welfare and human service providers, state agencies, and others who, through advocacy, research and public education, are working to help youth in transition have the tools necessary to be contributing members of their communities.