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Boston College School of Social Work


In Quiet Desperation: Men's Mental Health and the Role of Social Work

SEPTEMBER 24, 2015
12:30–2:00 p.m.
McGuinn 521
RSVP to by 9/22
1.5 CEUs
Lunch Provided

Since 2011, Dr. Kevin Shafer has been an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He received his PhD from The Ohio State University in 2009. He has three research foci: (1) father involvement and its effects on men, women, and children; (2) gender differences in mental health and help-seeking; and (3) the influence of stepfather-child and father-child relationships on the stepchild’s well-being. Dr. Shafer conducts this research in both the United States and Brazil. He is the principal investigator of the Survey of Contemporary Fatherhood and the BYU Men's Studies Research Lab, a multidisciplinary research group addressing men's health, well-being, and fathering.

PhD Information Session Webinar

SEPTEMBER 22, 2015
12:00–1:00 p.m.

Boston College School of Social Work invites you to participate in an interactive PhD Information Session Webinar to learn about our PhD programs and ask questions. The program director and current Boston College PhD students will give an overview about the program. If you are interested in participating, please register for the 2015 Webinar »


GSSW in the News
GSSW Alumna Is Witness to History

Colleen Fitzgerald, Boston College Graduate School of Social Work alumna
Colleen Fitzgerald, MSW '11, came to work in Libya about a month before its liberation; 12 months later, she sees a country facing many challenges, but whose people have great hopes for the future.

AUGUST 17, 2012

Colleen Fitzgerald thought she was simply embarking on an international field placement last year to complete her studies in the Graduate School of Social Work. Instead, she wound up being a witness to history.

Upon completing her internship with the International Medical Corps in Jordan, Fitzgerald was offered an opportunity by the organization to work in an unlikely, and dangerous, setting: Libya, which at the time was in the throes of an uprising against long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi.

But Fitzgerald decided to go. Now, with the first anniversary of Gaddafi’s overthrow this month, she is reflecting on what has been an eventful year, both for her and the country she has called home.  More about GSSW Alumna from the Boston College Chronicle »

Read Colleen Fitzgerald's article published in Intervention Journal about mental health and psychosocial support in post-conflict Libya (PDF) »