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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

Mary Mason Field Appreciation Breakfast
Guest Speaker: Governor Deval Patrick

Photo from the 2011 Mary Mason Field Appreciation Breakfast
A Boston College Graduate School of Social Work student speaks about her appreciation for her field supervisor at the Mary Mason Field Appreciation Breakfast.

APRIL 2, 2013
9:30 a.m.–Noon
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
2 CEUs
RSVP required by March 22, 2013, to swfield@bc.edu or 617-552-4027 (Seating is limited. Supervisors and students attend together.)
NOTE: The Mary Mason Appreciation Breakfast event is at capacity and now closed, but limited tickets are still available at Robsham Theater for the presentation by Governor Deval Patrick.  Ticket information »

Field supervisors and their interns are invited to attend the annual Mary Mason Field Appreciation Breakfast. Named in honor of Mary A. Mason, the first Director of Field Education at the 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.

We are proud to have as our special guest speaker Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts.

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