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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

Health Reform: Opportunities and Challenges for Social Work

Guest lecturer Turnbull
Nancy Turnbull

OCTOBER 25, 2013
12:00–1:00 p.m.
McGuinn 521

As health care reform continues to unfold across the U.S., Boston College Graduate School of Social Work will explore the context of the reform and its impact on the social work profession. Our school will invite key thought-leaders on health care to speak in a series of presentations this fall, culminating in the "Health Care Reform: From Policy to Practice Forum" on February 24, 2014. Kicking off the series is a presentation by Nancy Turnbull, a national expert on health care and the consumer perspective.

Turnbull is an associate dean and senior lecturer on health policy at the Harvard School of Public Health. She currently serves as the consumer representative on the board of the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority, the state's insurance exchange. Turnbull is also on the board of the board of Commonwealth Care Alliance, a consumer-governed organization that provides integrated physical and behavioral health.

Sponsored by the Health & Mental Health Concentration. Lunch will be served. The entire GSSW community is welcome.