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Alumni Association Networking Event

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Join the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work for an evening of networking and career exploration.

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GSSW Lecture Series: King Davis, Ph.D.


Speaker: King Davis, Ph.D., Professor and Robert Lee Sutherland Chair in Mental Health and Social Policy, University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work
"Predicting the Future Direction of American Mental Health Policy."
Continental Breakfast: 8:00 am
Lecture: 8:30am
McGuinn Hall, 5th floor lounge

GSSW Lecture Series: Gerald P. Mallon, DSW

OCTOBER 28, 2009

Speaker: Gerald P. Mallon, DSW, Professor and Executive Director, National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning, Hunter College School of Social Work.
"Lesbians and Gay Men as Foster and Adoptive Parents:  Exploring an Untapped Resource."
McGuinn Hall, Book Room

GSSW Lecture Series: Maryanne Loughry, Ph.D.

12:30 pm

Speaker: Maryanne Loughry, Ph.D., Associate Director, Jesuit Refugee Service Australia
"Who is on the move?: An expose on the people moving in our global world-their stories and the problems they encounter."
McGuinn Hall, 5th Floor Lounge

"A Man on Fire" - Opening Reception


Location: Social Work Library, McGuinn Hall.
Description: The Graduate School of Social Work and the Center for Human Rights and International Justice are honored to welcome to Boston College “Man on Fire” an exhibit of images and words honoring the legacy of Father Pedro Arrupe, the founder of Jesuit Refugee Service.

GSSW Lecture Series: Dr. Harold Grotevant

12:00 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Harold Grotevant, Rudd Family Foundation Chair in Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
"From Nuclear Families to Kinship Networks:  Longitudinal Perspectives on Openness in Adoption."
McGuinn Hall, Book Room

HIV/AIDS Conference 2009

MAY 21-24, 2009

The 21st Annual National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS will be held May 21-24, 2009 in New Orleans, LA. The theme of this year's conference is "Defining the Future of HIV/AIDS Social Work: What is YOUR Vision?" There will be over 100 presentations submitted by AIDS social workers from diverse areas of practice, policy and research.

View the HIV/AIDS Conference page for more information, including the conference schedule.


MONDAY, MAY 18, 2009

The 133rd Commencement of Boston College will be held on Monday, May 18, 2009. The University Commencement which is held in Alumni Stadium (rain: Conte Forum) will begin with the procession at 9:30 a.m. and will take approximately two hours. The GSSW Diploma Ceremony is held at noon on Burns Lawn.

Newly Admitted Students Reception and Resource Fair

Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
4:30 - 6:30 pm

Please join us to meet faculty and fellow students to learn more about the Graduate School of Social Work and Boston College resources and opportunities.

Maine Colloquium

MAY 5, 2009
Reception 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Presentation 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Dr. Deb Butterfield will present a lecture "Intuition as a Reliable Skill in a Clinical Setting and as a Resource for Client Health and Well-being."

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News Archive


The Best 'Gifts' for Children

DECEMBER 14, 2009

Boston College Graduate School of Social Work Professor Ruth McRoy talks about the stress surrounding the holiday season. Professor McRoy is an author and researcher on child welfare, adoption, and diversity.

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Foster care placement issues addressed by Professor McRoy

NOVEMBER 23, 2009

Ruth McRoy, the Donahue/DiFelice Endowed Professor at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work speaks out on the issue of finding permanent placements for the 130,000 children nationwide needing adoption.
See Boston Herald Op Ed article, Foster kids need you.

Mass. Health Council Award given to GSSW Adjunct Faculty member

OCTOBER 13, 2009

Marylou Sudders, GSSW adjunct faculty member and MSW President and CEO of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children will receive an award from the Massachusetts Health Council.

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In Service: The GSSW "Memory Walkers"

SEPTEMBER 27, 2009

Led by Associate Professor Katie McInnis-Dittrich, chair of the Older Adults & Families Concentration, students, faculty and alumni from the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work participated in this year's Alzheimer's Memory Walk on September 27th along the Charles in Cambridge.

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Diversity Series: "Man on Fire"

SEPTEMBER 24, 2009

The Graduate School of Social Work and the Center for Human Rights and International Justice are honored to welcome to Boston College "Man on Fire," an exhibit of images and words honoring the legacy of Father Pedro Arrupe, the founder of Jesuit Refugee Service.

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In Service: The GSSW "Afternoon of Service"

SEPTEMBER 15, 2009

As Boston College Graduate School of Social Work students and faculty prepared for the academic year ahead of them, twenty-eight students, faculty, and staff from GSSW came together at the Greater Boston Food Bank for an afternoon of service on September 15th.

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GSSW Website Receives UCDA Design Award

SEPTEMBER 10, 2009

We are proud to announce that the new GSSW website has received an Award of Excellence from the University and College Designers Association (UCDA). UCDA exists to promote excellence in visual communications for educational institutions. Electronic Media entries in the UCDA Design Competition were judged for appearance, flexibility, interactivity and suitability for their intended audiences. Creativity in solving the problems of designing for electronic media was primary.

The GSSW website was designed by the GSSW Office of Marketing Communications in collaboration with Boston College Information Technology and an outside consultant.  The site launched in February of 2009.

Institute on Aging addresses impact of increasingly older population

JUNE 22, 2009

James Lubben, Louise McMahon Ahearn Professor of Social Work and director of the University's new Institute on Aging (IOA) is featured in the latest issue of the Boston College Light the World Campaign Newsletter talking about the implications of an aging society.
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Prof. McCoy awarded Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant

Boston College Graduate School of Social Work has received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to study the negative trajectories of youth with mental health disorders in the juvenile justice system.  more »

BC's Sloan Center on Aging & Work's "Age & Generation Study" 

Younger workers are bearing the brunt of the current economic crisis, while older employees show greater resiliency in a recession-battered workplace where employers seek to do more with less.

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Dr. Ruth McRoy Named As New GSSW Endowed Professor

MAY 11, 2009

Dr. Ruth McRoy has been named the new GSSW Donahue and DiFelice Endowed Professor. Her work encompasses groundbreaking and innovative research in the areas of child welfare, adoption, and diversity. Dr. McRoy will join the BCGSSW faculty in September 2009.

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Rethinking Retirement

Director of Sloan Center on Aging and Work appears on CBS evening news. Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, GSSW Associate Professor and Director of the Sloan Center on Aging and Work at Boston College appeared recently on the CBS evening news. She commented on the advantage older workers bring to businesses, particularly now: "a sense of maturity and experience can make a difference, particularly when there are unexpected situations."

See CBS news broadcast here.

GSSW student helps reunite Sudanese "lost boy" with brother

GSSW student, Deng Nyuon, who was reunited with his Sudanese family members three years ago, was instrumental in helping his friend Kuol Acuek, a refugee from Sudan, find his brother.

See story at

2nd Annual Policy Poster Session

APRIL 30, 2009

Final year GSSW students from the advanced policy courses participated in the 2nd Annual GSSW Policy Poster Session held in Gasson Hall on April 30th.  Students from the Children, Youth, and Families, Health and Mental Health, and Older Adults and Families concentrations showcased policy analyses on posters at the event.

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GSSW students honored at Graduate Student Association Awards Banquet

APRIL 23, 2009

Congratulations to the following MSW students of the Class of 2009 who were honored at the Graduate Student Association Awards banquet held April 22, 2009

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BC GSSW Launches New Technical Assistance Center

APRIL 6, 2009

The Boston College Graduate School of Social Work today launched a new technical assistance center that offers states the tools they need to implement a wide variety of participant-directed long-term care programs. The National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services is the only national center of its kind and is available to assist states and other entities that want to offer, or already offer, participant-directed services to people with disabilities.
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Darfur Exhibition

MARCH 9, 2009

The Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, The Center for Human Rights and International Justice, and The Center for the Arts and Social Responsibility co-sponsored Waging Peace's traveling exhibition of drawings created by refugee children from Darfur. The exhibit was on display in Bapst Library from March 9th through March 27th, 2009. View a selection of the Darfur children's drawings and an interview with Waging Peace Chair Rebecca Tinsley »

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The Obama Impact

Obama campaign worker Young Moon '09 of the Arts & Sciences Honors Program and Franklin Ollivierre of the Graduate School of Social Work faculty were among those asked to discuss the new president on WGBH-TV's 'Greater Boston' (click on 'The Obama Impact' or go direct to the video).

$3.5 million Grant to empower the elderly and people with disabilities

Boston College has been awarded a $3.5 million grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies to assist GSSW faculty Kevin Mahoney in the establishment of a technical assistance center for consumer direction.
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Professor Berzin receives award for best article in "Social Service Review"

GSSW Assistant Professor Stephanie Berzin, Chair of the CYF concentration, has been selected to receive the prestigious 2009 Frank R. Breul Memorial Prize. The prize is awarded annually to the best article published in Social Service Review. Read article »
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Cash & Counseling program receives $4.75 million Grant

Cash & Counseling, a health care choice program for the elderly and people with disabilities, headed by GSSW professor Kevin Mahoney, has been awarded a $4.75 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Professor Lubben appointed Director of Institute on Aging

Professor James Lubben, the Louise McMahon Ahearn Professor in the Graduate School of Social Work has been appointed Director of the new Institute on Aging at Boston College.
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Former GSSW Dean Edmund Burke Dies

Professor and former Dean of the Graduate School of School Work, Edmund "Ed" Burke, died Monday, November 3 after a brief illness.

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GSSW Alum Cited for Contributions to the Public Good

Erin Mone BC MSW '99, deputy director for Cost Rican, US Peace Corps, was cited by this year's Graduate Education and the Public Good Report for her activities focused on the prevention of child sexual exploitation.

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Center on Aging & Work receives $3.5 million from Sloan Foundation

The Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College has received its second major grant in the amount of $3.5 Million from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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GSSW's "Rise to the Top" featured in University Newspaper

GSSW Dean Alberto Godenzi was interviewed in the BC Chronicle (PDF) where he discussed the recent successes and future goals of the school.

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GSSW Dean elected President of  NADD

GSSW Dean Alberto Godenzi was elected president of the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work (NADD)

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GSSW students receive Massachusetts Gerontology Association Awards

Five GSSW students in the Older Adult/Families concentration won awards at this year's Massachusetts Gerontology Association meeting in both the Student Paper and Poster competitions.

Professor Kayser's Research on breast cancer profiled

See the Patriot Ledger story on Professor Kayser's research on helping couples cope with breast cancer.

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