BCSSW receives $2.5M grant from Mass. Department of Mental Health
The grant will fund a paid internship program that will match students with Boston community-based providers offering behavioral health services to Black and Latinx populations.
The grant will fund a paid internship program that will match students with Boston community-based providers offering behavioral health services to Black and Latinx populations.
Josue Velasquez Higueros, MSW’24, recently received the Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial Scholarship for his longstanding commitment to working with Latinx communities.
Timothy Williams, a part-time faculty member in BCSSW, played a major role in the production of the report, which was published in May by the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Rev. Gregory Groover, Sr. advised graduates to heed these nuggets of wisdom in BCSSW’s diploma ceremony, telling them to use their training to serve the common good.
The deadline to apply to the Spier Fellows in Aging program for the 2023-2024 academic year is June 30.
Women who nanny, sell food, and style hair without labor protections or formal contracts “provide evidence of how they can tap into their human capabilities to enhance income security,” researcher Tanusha Raniga said at the 2023 Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture.
Colin Droney, who is pursuing the BA/MSW dual degree program, won the Brian D.A. Hall Legacy Award for coaching students to improve their health and wellness.
Woods College graduate student Ruth Anne McManus, and her mother, Mary McManus M.S.W. '84, share a devotion to service as a road to recovery.
Marina Rakhilin, MSW’23, is one of 17 members of the BC community who have been recognized for making outstanding contributions to campus life.
Groover, the senior pastor of the Historic Charles Street African Methodist Episcopal Church in Roxbury, Massachusetts, said his talk will focus on the “indispensable” role of social workers in addressing the world’s most pressing social problems.
Tohn, an associate professor of clinical practice, has taught several generations of students how to integrate solution-focused therapy into their work with children and families.
Chelsea Kamuene, MSW’21, says her social work education prepared her to amplify women’s voices no matter where her career takes her.
More than a dozen students crafted poems, curated playlists, and designed infographics as part of their final assignment for the course.
The Research Program on Children and Adversity will collaborate with the University of Illinois-Chicago in assessing Afghan families’ needs, strengths, and challenges as they build new lives in the U.S.
Taylor Goodman-Leong, MSW’23, launched the toy drive in 2005 to honor the memory of her best friend, who died of brain cancer at age 7.
Elsie Taveras, the chief community health and health equity officer for Mass General Brigham, discussed MGB’s United Against Racism initiative at the annual EJI Lecture and Distinguished Alumni Awards Celebration.
2016 graduate Lynne Marie Wanamaker took the class 35 years ago, sending her down a career path that’s culminated in a prestigious new role at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Kumar, an assistant professor in BCSSW, will join the agency’s new initiative to reduce the negative impact that climate change has on human health and well-being around the world.
Field education bridges the gap between practice and coursework, giving students real-world experience with organizations that complement their career goals.
The award recognizes educators who have inspired their former students to achieve greatness.
The program is designed with the working professional in mind, giving students the opportunity to earn their MSW in three or four years.
The research, led by Professor Christopher Salas-Wright, is supported by a five-year grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.
Students in the program are currently at work in locations as far away as the Philippines, Uganda, Cambodia, and Lebanon, as well in as the U.S.
A critical mass of faculty are designing interventions to reach those most affected by war, natural disasters, political upheaval, and other problems in over 30 countries.
Taveras, the inaugural chief community health and health equity officer for Mass General Brigham, will discuss the health system’s multi-million-dollar initiative to combat the impact that racism has on patients, staff, and the wider community.
Most organizations say DEI is important, according to a new report co-authored by BCSSW researchers, but almost as many fail to invest a meaningful amount of time, energy, and money in policies and programs that promote a welcoming and supportive workplace.
Design programs for refugees. Counsel survivors of gender-based violence. Conduct research on migration policies. The Global Practice program prepares students for these career paths and more.
The school offers a suite of academic programs that center the cultural experiences and values that connect people of African descent.
As part of her new role, the founding director of the Latinx Leadership Initiative will work to address barriers to the delivery of equitable, culturally-competent, and clinically-appropriate behavioral healthcare.
The Latinx Leadership Initiative prepares bilingual and bicultural social workers to collaborate with Latinx communities to create solutions to complex social problems.
Topics of discussion will include Afrocentric social work, harm reduction training, and trauma-responsive field advising.
That is the overarching question framing three ongoing research studies by BCSSW assistant professor Vincent Fusaro.
A project to be launched by BCSSW and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health aims to address the issue by working with health care professionals at the community level.
The school’s Trauma Integration Initiative prepares students to help clients cope with trauma while guarding themselves against its effects.
A Boston College School of Social Work initiative launching this fall will address the mental health and well-being of millions of people affected by violence and upheaval in Colombia and neighboring Venezuela.
Aliese Lash, MSW’17, founded Liberated Light Counseling in June.
Salem Professor in Global Practice Theresa S. Betancourt discussed research and intervention approaches at the launch of Trinity College Dublin's Centre for Forced Migration Studies.
The professors bring a combined total of more than 50 years of experience to teaching, research, and clinical practice.
Researchers in the School of Social Work have received a two-year, $395,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Evidence for Action program to find out.
Jennifer Paster, MSW’24, says that her training as a social worker has prepared her for her new role in “so many unanticipated ways.”
Clara O’Leary, MSW’18, has already worked in three different countries on three different continents—and she can’t wait to see where she’ll end up next.
A study led by assistant professor Cal Halvorsen finds that the nation's only federal work-based job training program for older, low-income adults provides important physical and mental health benefits, and as well as financial support.
Zach Pierce, MSW’22, sees himself running a lab that uses neuroscience to help trauma survivors. His career vision is not a pipe dream, but rather a readily attainable goal that took shape at BC.
This question is driving J.C. Hodges’ doctoral dissertation, which is being supported by a three-year, $97,381 fellowship from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities.
“BC had the only program where I would be able to take so many different electives,” says Brigid Belger, who plans to become a school social worker after earning her MSW in May.
Violence is the most significant threat to the personal safety of those 18-29 years old in Massachusetts, according to the study's principal investigator, BC School of Social Work Assistant Professor Robert R. Motley, Jr.
As part of a two-year grant, BCSSW is creating a pipeline of social workers who are trained to help reduce the negative consequences of drug use.
Sianay Chase Clifford, MSW’20, is using her skills as a social worker to pursue the Green Mountain State’s sole seat in the House of Representatives.
Dean Gautam N. Yadama will advise the project, which is being spearheaded by FamilyAid in conjunction with a consortium of partners including the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, Boston Public Schools, and Boston Children’s Hospital.
BCSSW graduate Ian Roeber, a senior clinician at a jail in Virginia, is featured in “Jailhouse Redemption,” a new docuseries that follows staff and inmates who are part of the facility’s heroin-addiction recovery program.
The program prepares students to work in aid and development sectors, helping the world’s most vulnerable populations.
Melissa Bustillo, Musa Kamara, Aanandita Shrestha, and Vincent Sweeney will work for state and local agencies in Boston this summer, helping public officials tackle key issues such as education, immigration, and substance use disorder.
New BC School of Social Work graduate Quynh Xuan Nguyen Truong has been named a 40 Under 40 Public Health Catalyst Award winner by the Boston Congress of Public Health.
“We need you now more than ever,” keynote speaker Desmond Upton Patton told the newly minted social workers in their diploma ceremony. “The time for justice is always right now.”
Kerry Mitchell and Thanh Tran have played leading roles in the evolution of social work since the 1980s, embracing the integration of research and practice to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population.
A two-year, $500,000 grant from Boston Children’s Hospital will fund a partnership between BCSSW and Boston Public Schools to provide mental health services and support to Black and Latinx children.
Miranda Mayeaux chose to focus on mental health when she enrolled at BCSSW in fall 2021. But it wasn’t until she started taking courses in trauma-informed care that she was able to find her niche.
Patton, a professor, researcher, and public interest technologist, studies the link between youth, gang violence, and social media.
The School paid tribute to Professor Emerita Elaine Pinderhughes, whose seminal research revealed that race, ethnicity, and power strongly influence how social workers interact with clients.
“I try to step out of a mindset that effectiveness means being productive all the time,” says Kathleen Flinton, an assistant professor who co-chairs the Trauma Integration Initiative.
Diana Gaillardetz, MSW’22, strives to make every day a little bit better for her clients at Good Shepherd Community Care, the oldest hospice in Massachusetts.
Robert Motley Jr., an assistant professor, says his area of research is something he and his family have experienced personally.
Professor Theresa Betancourt advises parents to stick to routines held before the war, noting that keeping the same mealtimes, bedtimes, and playtimes can reduce stress for children and their caregivers.
MSW students in the global practice program are interning abroad this semester, providing therapy to refugees, evaluating programs that protect children, and helping young people take action to combat climate change.
“There was such a need for athletes to be seen because they weren’t able to play their sports and they were so distressed,” says Kimberly O’Brien, MSW’05, PhD’11, who founded Unlimited Resilience in October 2020.
Funding from the National Institutes of Mental Health will enable the Research Program on Children and Adversity in BCSSW to build on its study of war-affected youth in Sierra Leone.
Jenn Colvin, MSW’16, says that her life may have gone in a different direction if not for a heroic act of defiance by her paternal grandmother, civil rights activist Claudette Colvin, nearly 70 years ago.
Yvonne Castañeda, a part-time faculty member in the School of Social Work, hopes that people who read Pork Belly Tacos with a Side of Anxiety come to realize “that change is possible, that grace is possible, that healing is possible.”
Organizers say the primary goal of the research and training program is to develop solutions to combat the root causes of racial, ethnic, and gender biases that are baked into job structures and employment practices.
Afghan refugee Farhad Sharifi escaped violence in his home country, and, through the School of Social Work, found a team of supporters at Boston College.
Two new studies by assistant professor Maggi Price indicate that racism and sexism hamper the effectiveness of interventions aimed at improving mental health, especially in young people.
The school will launch the Afrocentric social work field of practice and the Black Leadership certificate in fall 2022.
Leslie Dominguez-Santos, MSW’01, has spent her career working to amplify the voices of marginalized people around the world. “I don’t like to tell other people’s stories,” she says. “I like to hold people up so they can tell their stories.”
Over the past several years, the library has hosted art exhibits that have shined a light on pressing social problems. “We like to complement whatever is happening in the School of Social Work,” says Hannah Ha, the head librarian.
Students, faculty, staff, and alumni will present work on a range of topics at the conference, including social isolation, the use of hallucinogens, and the impact of COVID-19 on Latinx populations.
The students say that their experiences have shaped their career paths, sharpened their skills as social workers, and provided a platform to practice what they have learned in the classroom.
Evacuees from Afghanistan, who are being temporarily housed at Fort McCoy, are playing soccer, sewing their own clothes, and teaching English classes, says Maryanne Loughry, a part-time faculty member who has visited the military base twice.
Associate professor Summer Sherburne Hawkins has received a grant to study how state policies that restrict the sale of flavored tobacco products affect tobacco use among people 14 to 24.
The Latinx Leadership Initiative in BCSSW has received a $600,000 grant from the state's largest healthcare provider to develop the workforce of bilingual, bicultural social workers in Massachusetts.
As Miss Massachusetts, MSW student Elizabeth Pierre is using her crown to help young people find their voice.
Dozens of undergrads at BC have conducted research with faculty in the School of Social Work over the past few years. What they have learned, they say, has given them a leg up in class, reconfigured their career paths, and shaped their perspectives of pressing social problems.
An evocative exhibit now on view, organized by the School of Social Work, delves into multifaceted aspects of dementia, including physical, emotional, community, and health care issues.
Maggi Price, an assistant professor who studies the mental health of youth who are stigmatized because of their gender identity, is working to create a virtual training program to teach a group of therapists how to provide gender-affirming care to young clients.
Daniel Lombroso, a filmmaker who chronicled the rise of the “alt-right” movement in his documentary White Noise, told students, faculty, and staff at Boston College that people who champion diversity have the potential to counteract the power of white nationalism.
Erika Sabbath and Cal Halvorsen will team up with the Harvard Center for Work, Health, and Well-Being to carry out the research, which will examine organizational policies, practices, and programs that impact the health of workers.
Carla Monteiro, MSW’19, says the traits that make her a good social worker—listening to clients, identifying their needs, and connecting them to vital services—will make her a successful city councilor.
Maryanne Loughry, a part-time faculty member who consults for the Jesuit Refugee Service, is helping to create a temporary wellness center at the military base and hopes to train volunteers to administer psychological first aid.
Kathleen Flinton, an assistant professor of practice, says guided meditation prepares students to help clients cope with trauma while guarding themselves against its effects.
A team of researchers, led by faculty in the School of Social Work and the Lynch School of Education and Human Development, has received a $3 million grant to survey residents, collect physiological samples, and measure environmental conditions such as air quality.
As the first social worker at the Cambridge Public Library, Marie Mathieu connects patrons to community resources. “I really try to provide as much support as I can,” says Mathieu, who doubles as a field adviser for the school.
Students reflect on why they chose to join the BLI, a new program that prepares social workers to tackle some of the biggest problems facing Black communities.
As the executive director of City Mission Boston for the past 20 years, Rev. June Cooper has developed programs to teach people how to improve their lives and tackle complex social issues like racism and poverty.
A first-of-its-kind study led by BC School of Social Work researchers finds that personal networks in India could play an important role in advancing the adoption of a cleaner cooking fuel, in this case liquefied petroleum gas.
Assistant professor Robert Motley has found that Black people aged 18 to 29 experience an increase in anger, depression, and hypervigilance when they are exposed to police violence that is perceived to be motivated by racism.
The funding will enable a select group of students to complete paid internships at organizations that promote a well-known public health strategy that aims to decrease the negative effects of opioid use.
The deadline to sign up for the program for the 2021-2022 academic year is Aug. 1.
Professor Christopher Salas-Wright has written dozens of grant proposals and published more than 185 papers. Now he will review grant applications submitted to the National Institutes of Health.
“Your commitment to social work is a resounding declaration to be of use for a better society and to foster the common good,” Dean Gautam N. Yadama told graduates in a diploma ceremony on Sunday.
Marcela Familiar-Bolaños, Katherine Marcincuk, and Nancy Sandoval will spend the summer working in public service at state and local agencies in the region.