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Global Health Program Unites Disciplines

DECEMBER 16, 2014

In an increasingly global society, where health problems – and their potential solutions – often have implications far beyond the communities in which they occur, public health is fast becoming a field of great interest among colleges and universities. Boston College is a leader in training this new generation of internationally-minded problem solvers through its program in Global Public Health, offering undergraduates interdisciplinary coursework via a collaboration between the Lynch School of Education, Connell School of Nursing, and School of Social Work.

This semester, 67 students have been enjoying the unique opportunity to take a course team-taught by Social Work Assistant Professor Summer Hawkins and Nursing Assistant Professor Melissa Sutherland. Public Health in a Global Society, the first installment in a three-course sequence, presents the topic as an interdisciplinary science focused on health promotion and disease prevention.  More about the Global Health Program »

BCSSW in the News
Under New Leader, BC Social Work Center Redefines Mission

DECEMBER 4, 2014

Boston College's innovative National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services (NRCPDS) is undergoing a major transition this fall, with new leadership and an expansion of its mission to help give individuals and families greater control over the design and delivery of home and community-based services.

Richard Petty, an experienced administrator in advocacy and programs promoting independent community living for persons with disabilities, began his duties as director of the center – housed at the BC School of Social Work – after being appointed this past summer.

He succeeds Professor of Social Work Kevin Mahoney, the founding director and architect of NRCPDS, who will remain as a researcher and oversee the new center initiative focusing on behavioral health, funded by a three-year, $1 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  More about center's new leader »

Events

Macro-SIL Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series:
Stephen Seiner, Director of Neurotherapeutics at McLean Hospital

Stephen Seiner

JANUARY 31, 2014
11:50 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Faculty Dining Room, McElroy Commons
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Limited to 10 students only. Please email Chris Watt at christopher.watt@bc.edu to reserve your spot.

The Macro-SIL Program at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work is sponsoring a Leadership Speakers Luncheon Series during the 2013-2014 academic year. The program is designed to introduce Macro-SIL students and other BC Social Work students interested in leadership skills and to the practical experiences of leaders in social-justice-oriented careers. Leaders are invited to campus to bring their expertise in administration, policy, change management/transformation, and social innovation to the discussions. They are interviewed about their greatest leadership challenge, their most important leadership lesson, and advice for students. A facilitated Q&A session with students will follow each interview.

Stephen J. Seiner is the Director of Psychiatric Neurotherapeutics and a Geriatric Psychiatrist at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA. Seiner joined McLean Hospital, named the #1 psychiatric hospital in the U.S. by U.S. News and World Report, as a resident in the Harvard University program in 1994. His sub-speciality is geriatric psychiatry. During his career at McLean, Seiner has held a number of roles, such as Chief Resident of the Clinical Evaluation Center, Clinical Director of the Outpatient Geriatric Clinic, and primary supervisor for the McLean/Massachusetts General Hospital psychiatry residency program.

For nearly a decade, Seiner has led the Psychiatric Neurotherapeutics Program at McLean Hospital. The Psychiatric Neurotherapeutics Program (PNP) specializes in the neuromodulatory and neurostimulatory treatment of psychiatric disorders. It offers transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a new therapy for treating severe depression, as well as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), an effective conventional therapy for chronic depression, mania, catatonia, and schizophrenia. TMS and ECT are the first in a line of clinical neurotherapeutic services to be offered through the program. In addition, Seiner speaks regularly on subjects such as depression and heart disease, the link between dementia and depression, and treatment-resistant depression. He has published a number of scholarly papers and book chapters.

Seiner has an MD from Washington University in St. Louis and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Limited to 10 students only. Please email Chris Watt at christopher.watt@bc.edu to reserve your spot.