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.
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.
Marina Rakhilin, MSW’23, is one of 17 members of the BC community who have been recognized for making outstanding contributions to campus life.
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.
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.
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.
The award recognizes educators who have inspired their former students to achieve greatness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The program prepares students to work in aid and development sectors, helping the world’s most vulnerable populations.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
The school will launch the Afrocentric social work field of practice and the Black Leadership certificate in fall 2022.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The program, called “Leaders for Equity and Justice in the Workplace,” will launch in fall 2021.
“Social workers have to create room for communities to reclaim and reestablish their own ways of healing,” says Resmaa Menakem, a social worker and trauma specialist who spoke to students, faculty, and staff earlier this month. If you missed the event, you can watch it now.
A multifaceted initiative launched by the School of Social Work will enable the school to become a national thought leader in addressing the impact of trauma on individuals, families, and communities, organizers say.
The Black Leadership Initiative, cofounded by assistant professor Samuel Bradley, Jr., will launch this fall. It aligns with the school’s mission to promote equity, justice, and inclusion on campus, in the community, and around the world.
Assistant professor Cal Halvorsen has been named a senior fellow at Encore.org, a nonprofit that makes it easier for people over 50 to pursue second careers. Over the next two years, he will evaluate its Gen2Gen Innovation Fellowship program, which finds new ways to bring older and younger people together.
The conference, held virtually, will run from Tuesday, Jan. 19 to Friday, Jan. 22. Register now to attend.
The class, “Designing Interventions to Address Complex Social Problems,” aligns with the school’s ongoing effort to improve the lives of vulnerable people around the world.
Assistant professor Samuel Bradley, Jr. has received a fellowship to study the future of work for marginalized populations. “We need to create programs that anticipate the needs of everyone,” he says.
Associate professor Scott Easton and student Liana Sandell will present their preliminary findings at the Council of Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting next week.
Kirsten Davison, the Donahue and DiFelice Endowed Professor in the School of Social Work, recently received a fellowship from the Institute for Implementation Science Scholars, a program at Washington University in St. Louis that trains researchers to improve the adoption of evidence-based practices that reduce chronic diseases such as obesity.
The LLI has been named a 2020 Example of Excelencia by Excelencia in Education, the only national effort to identify and promote evidence-based practices that help accelerate Latinx student success in higher education.
Theresa Betancourt, who directs the Research Program on Children and Adversity, recently received a prestigious award for developing programs that improve the mental health of kids and their parents in Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and the United States.
“We need to start thinking more profoundly about the way we approach every aspect of how we live together as a community in order to root out racism,” Vincent D. Rougeau, dean of the Law School, said in a one-on-one conversation with Gautam N. Yadama, dean of the School of Social Work.
The professors bring a combined total of more than 60 years of experience to teaching, research, and clinical practice.
“Exposure to violence really puts children at a disadvantage in terms of their ability to be as happy and healthy as they can be as adults,” says newly hired professor Catherine Taylor. “It became clear to me that if we could intervene in early childhood, we could set people up for better health throughout their lives.”
Maggi Price, a newly hired assistant professor, has analyzed clinical interviews and survey data to better understand the experiences that transgender youth have had in therapy. Here’s what she found.
A joint report by the Boston College School of Social Work and Harvard Global Health Institute describes a serious public health crisis at the United States-Mexico border, where thousands of migrants seeking asylum are vulnerable due to hazardous conditions.
Kathleen Flinton, a newly hired assistant professor of practice, provides psychotherapy to political dissidents who have survived torture and struggled to remake their lives in the United States.
Newly hired professor Christopher Salas-Wright is working to develop strategies that social workers, civic leaders, and educators can use to help migrants make the most of their new lives in the wake of natural disasters and political crises.
The school will host an online forum on Thursday, July 23 to address plans to dismantle white supremacy and anti-Black racism, the structure of the fall semester, and strategies that have been put in place to support domestic and international students.
Christina Matz, an associate professor in the School of Social Work, recently urged the state of Massachusetts to require employers to provide reasonable accommodations to older workers to keep them healthy, safe, and productive in the workplace.
Rachel DiBella and Brooke Huminski teamed up to create a virtual workshop to teach social workers the principles of cognitive processing therapy. Social workers can use the strategy, they say, to help treat medical professionals who have developed post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the pandemic.
Professor Paul Kline, who plans to retire at the end of June, says the lessons he learned early in his career helped him to provide culturally sensitive support to individuals and families struggling to recover from physical and emotional trauma.
Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, a professor in the School of Social Work who plans to retire in June, dedicated her career to examining the factors that affect the employment experiences of older workers.
The Boston College School of Social Work will collaborate with the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley to evaluate the effectiveness of a program designed to prevent homelessness in students in grades K-8.
Students, faculty, and alumni have delivered food to older adults who can not leave their homes, provided teletherapy to students whose schools have closed for the rest of the academic year, and tracked down people who have been exposed to COVID-19.
Create a flexible schedule, take care of yourself, and loosen the restrictions on screen time, says Carolyn Romano, a part-time faculty member who teaches in the children, youth, and families field of practice.
“I’m reminding my clients to use the coping skills they’ve learned to pull them out of an uncertain future and bring them back to the certain present,” says Yvonne Castañeda, a recent graduate who provides mental health care to Latinx patients at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center.
“All kinds of technological innovation that we’ve been calling for for years to help homebound older adults is suddenly happening quickly,” says Christina Matz, a gerontologist in the School of Social Work.
The Equity, Justice, and Inclusion Committee wants to tackle inequalities that contribute to unfair outcomes in the classroom, better prepare students to work with diverse populations around the world, and create a culture steeped in mutual respect and lifelong learning.
Samantha Teixeira, an assistant professor, works with teenagers in Boston to examine how the neighborhoods in which they grow up can shape their future.
Focus on the daily tasks that you can complete rather than the questions that you cannot answer, says professor Paul Kline. “It is helpful, I think, to live through this season of fear and worry one day at a time.”
“The lives of healthcare workers will be profoundly affected by the hours they will need to work and the trauma that they might be experiencing,” says Erika Sabbath, an assistant professor who studies workplace stress.
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Boston College researchers developed Family Strengthening Intervention for Refugees program in partnership with Bhutanese and Somali communities.