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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
Workplace Flexibility Gets Renewed Attention

Forbes Magazine

APRIL 2, 2014

Research on workplace flexibility by Professor Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes of the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work and by the Sloan Center on Aging and Work has recently been highlighted nationally.

Pitt-Catsouphes spoke with Forbes magazine about the struggles of Americans balancing work and the care of elderly parents. Family caregivers tend "to report higher work-family conflict, higher stress, and an increase in depressive symptoms—which is particularly true when you compare elder care versus childcare."

Flexible schedules are an option, but Pitt-Catsouphes said, "it's important that flexibility be viewed as a resource rather than a break—and that employees demonstrate to managers that they're approaching it as a way to maintain strong professional performance even while dealing with a family crisis."  More from Forbes »

In another recent article featured in the Boston College Chronicle, Pitt-Catsouphes noted that flexible work options are out of reach for most employees or are limited in size and scope. In a new study by the Sloan Center on Aging and Work, where Pitt-Catsouphes serves as director, she and her research collaborators examined the flexible work arrangements of 545 U.S. employers and found that only one in five companies offered more than one approach to workplace flexibility, despite the fact that different employees need different options.

The study, published in the journal Community, Work, and Family, found that employers and employees are better able to reap the benefits of workplace flexibility when the initiatives are comprehensive and well aligned with business priorities.

"What we're saying is flexibility can work if you make a commitment to making it work," Pitt-Catsouphes said. "Workplace flexibility is important to employees across the life course and can support the productive engagement of older employees as well as younger workers. In today's business environment, organizations need to be adaptive and nimble. Flexible work options offer tools that can help companies remain competitive."  More from the Boston College Chronicle »