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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 »


Stephanie Berzin Wins Award for 'Outstanding Use of Technology in Teaching'

Stephanie Berzin
Associate Professor Stephanie Berzin (fifth from left) and fellow winners of the Teaching with New Media Award. (Photo by Gabriel LaRusso)

MAY 27, 2014

This spring, Associate Professor Stephanie Berzin of Boston College Graduate School of Social Work was awarded a Teaching with New Media (TWIN) award by Boston College Instructional Design and eTeaching Services. The award, which recognizes faculty members for outstanding uses of technology in teaching, is just one proof point as to how BC Social Work is innovating to build leaders for the future.

"Every day teaching at the school of social work, I'm truly inspired by the possibility that my students are going to change the world," says Berzin. "By integrating the latest in technology into our classrooms, we are best preparing them for success once they leave campus and enter the workforce."

A group of faculty, students, and staff nominated Berzin for exceptional and innovative use of Canvas, a novel open-source learning management system. Canvas is designed as an online "communication hub" where students and professors can interact on class assignments and do so across various channels, such as email and social media.

"Canvas allows students to easily share their product with each other and with the course," explains Berzin. "Moving forward, whether for a competition or in searching for a crowd funding source, they’ll also be able to use this platform to pitch their ideas more broadly. This can be critical to both academic and professional success."

As co-director of BC Social Work's Center for Social Innovation, Berzin is focused on preparing tomorrow's social sector leaders, while promoting the capacity of existing agencies to respond to social issues. Learn more about the center's mission to foster effective, sustainable social innovations that enhance social justice.

See Stephanie Berzin's faculty profile and learn more about her research »

Read more about the study co-authored by Stephanie Berzin, "Leading the Way: Social Innovation in Massachusetts" »

Teaching with New Media Awards Video

Stephanie Berzin and other award winners discuss their experiences using Canvas in their courses.