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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 »


BC Social Work Faculty Attend White House Briefing

BC Social Work faculty at the White House Briefing.

SEPTEMBER 30, 2013

On September 25 the White House Office of Public Engagement and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) hosted the White House briefing, "Addressing the Social Determinants of Health in a New Era: The Role of Social Work Education." Professors James Lubben, Ruth McRoy, and Marylou Sudders attended as representatives of the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.

The briefing explored the role of social work education within the context of the nation's shifting demographics and the provision of health care for all, the implications of and expectations for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), national policies for mental health services, and the development of a health care workforce to meet the needs of the nation. The event featured officials from the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 140 leaders from the social work education, social work, mental and behavioral health, and health care communities attended the briefing.

"The health care briefing at the White House highlighted social work's critical role in addressing the broad spectrum of health needs of youth, adults, and elders," said Professor Marylou Sudders. "Emphasis was put on the key roles social workers will play in addressing health care disparities as well as performing important patient navigator and clinical care management roles as envisioned in the Affordable Care Act."

Read more about this White House meeting in the NASW Social Work Blog »