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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
BC Social Work HIV/AIDS Conference Marks Its Silver Anniversary

Associate Dean Tom Walsh, Dr. Vincent Lynch & Professor Emeritus Manuel Fimbres pictured at the 2013 HIV/AIDS Conference in Chicago
Associate Dean Tom Walsh, Conference Director Vincent Lynch, and Professor Emeritus, San Jose State University College of Social Work, Manuel Fimbres (MSW, '65) at the 25th Annual National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS

MAY 29, 2013

The Graduate School of Social Work's groundbreaking National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS marks its silver anniversary this year, its focus having changed in light of medical science's progress against the disease over the past quarter-century. But as conference founder Vincent Lynch adds, the need for the forum — which took place in May 2013 in Chicago — is as great as ever.

"Now, as then, it is social workers who confront the devastating impact AIDS has on individuals and families," said Lynch, who is director of continuing education at GSSW. "The goal of the conference has always been the same: to share experiences, practices, and ideas that will enable social workers to meet the needs of their clients."

The Boston College Graduate School of Social Work's HIV/AIDS Conference is still the only national conference of its type, says Lynch — organized by and for AIDS care social workers. This year's conference drew almost 500 attendees from the U.S. and abroad.

Next year's conference, "New Practice Strategies...For a New Era in AIDS Care," will take place May 22-25, 2014 in Denver. Details will be posted soon on the Continuing Education website.

Read more from the "Around Campus" section of the Boston College Chronicle »