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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 »


BC Social Work Leads Conversation on Innovation at Management Conference

JUNE 30, 2014

This June, leaders in the field of social work across academia, research, and practice convened at the 25th annual Network for Social Management Conference to discuss "Management in the Age of Innovation" at Simmons College in Boston. Throughout the course of two days, deans and directors of schools of social work engaged with executive directors and CEOs of leading organizations, while workers on the front lines shared their perspectives on how social workers can make a difference through innovation toward building organizations for change. Faculty and students studying tomorrow's best practices in management discussed the emerging skill sets needed for tomorrow's leaders. Attendees represented organizations from across the United States.

Boston College's Stephanie Berzin, PhD, associate professor in the children, youth, and families concentration at the Graduate School of Social Work, served as the conference's program chair, an opportunity which she called "a wonderful experience."

"Using my own social innovation work as the platform for the conference theme," she explained, "I challenged presenters to consider how social work can be a major contributor to the social innovation dialogue. BC continues to be a leader in this field, developing research and curriculum to promote social innovation, and this conference was an opportunity to share our expertise and to lead the conversation."

Talks centered on how various professionals can collaborate toward solving some of the world’s most imminent societal issues, and do so while implementing both traditional practice and innovative ideas. One panel on leadership shared their perspectives on how to lead for change, compelling their audience to think about the challenges and opportunities, attached to collaboration.

"I was impressed with how easy it was to sustain a compelling conversation on innovation and management in our field," said Tiziana Dearing, associate professor of macro practice, who moderated a panel on the future of management.

"At the end of the day, we reflected on both what we're good at (i.e., flexibility and prevention), and what's coming down the pike that we're not yet ready for (i.e., risk-based contracting and understanding how to support fathers). These were an enlightening two days that corresponded perfectly with the themes that we care about at BC Social Work, and I look forward to continuing the dialogue into the future."