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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 Students Present at Grad Talks


APRIL 11, 2014

Boston College Graduate School of Social Work was proud to have four students selected to present at Grad Talks, Boston College’s version of TED Talks. On Wednesday, April 2nd, BC Social Work students Kevin McCarthy, Patricia Yu, Lynne Wanamaker, and Maeve Kennedy Gormly joined six other Boston College graduate students from across disciplines to present their topics of interest and expertise to a captivated audience.

Kevin McCarthy

McCarthy spoke on the importance of focusing more resources on treatment for substance use disorders and developing long-term treatment plans to address substance abuse and recovery, for what can be understood to be a public health epidemic.

Patricia Yu
Human Rights of the Immigrant Eldercare Worker

Yu spoke on the growing reliance on female caregivers from developing countries as elder care needs continue to increase, which creates both opportunities and social inequalities for the caregivers. She highlighted the need for the rights and dignity of caregivers to be part of the focus of elder care research and policies.

Lynne Wanamaker
Unleashing the Superhero Within to Co-Create a Culture of Safety

Wanamaker spoke on "bystander intervention," which calls upon those who witness interpersonal violence to step up and take action. Her talk drew upon public health, trauma-informed, and feminist-empowerment frameworks to analyze our culture of violence and offer skills and an action-centered model to create a culture fundamentally inhospitable to interpersonal violation.

Maeve Kennedy Gormly
From Gunshots to Grad School: Race, Class, and the Myth of the Bootstrap

Gormly spoke of her experiences with gang violence, racism, and poverty growing up and how this experience translated into her role as a social worker, and the need to maximize her cultural knowledge and experience alongside the privilege of her education to fight for people in communities like hers, to empower the disempowered and disenfranchised.

Read presenters' full abstracts »