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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 Care Reform: From Policy to Practice

Health Care Reform Event

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.

The event will conclude with a reception in honor of Boston College Graduate School of Social Work alumnus Angelo McClain, PhD '01, the current Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

Keynote Address: "Social Work & Health Care—One View On the Future"

Charles D. Baker, Jr.
Candidate for Governor of Massachusetts
Former Chief Executive Officer, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

Panel Discussion

Moderator
Angelo McClain, PhD '01
Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Social Workers
Former Commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families

Panelists
Carol Kress, MSW, LICSW
Chief Operating Officer, Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership

Mary Neagle, MSW, LICSW
Co-director, Integrative Care Management Program (iCMP), Partners Health Care

Rebecca Osario, MSW, LICSW
Clinical Social Worker, Integrated Care Management Program, Massachusetts General Hospital

J. Scott Turton, MSW, LICSW
Director of Primary Care Integration and Electronic Medical Records Implementation, Gosnold on Cape Cod

WATCH VIDEOS FROM THE EVENT »