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The NRCPDS Partners with Veterans Health Administration

NOVEMBER 16, 2010

Veterans of all ages with disabilities will gain additional support in 28 states under a new program designed to help them live independently, with more choice and control over the services they receive in their homes.
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University of Michigan Dean Speaks at GSSW about Women in Poverty

NOVEMBER 15, 2010

Laura Lein, Dean and Collegiate Professor of Social Work at the University of Michigan, spoke on "Women in Poverty: Learning About Their Health” at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work on November 15.
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"Outstanding Scholar in Adoption" Awarded to Professor Ruth McRoy

OCTOBER 2, 2010

Professor Ruth McRoy, the Donahue/DiFelice Endowed Professor at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, has been chosen to receive the SJU "Outstanding Scholar in Adoption Award." This award recognizes scholars with substantial contribution to the field of adoption and whose research and publications have substantially advanced our understanding of issues affecting the adoption community.
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GSSW Alum Featured in the Boston Globe


Peter Ducharme, MSW '08, was featured in the Boston Globe for his work with a video game prototype used in therapy to help children develop anger management skills.

Ducharme, a clinical social worker in the department of psychiatry at Children's Hospital Boston, is running the study. While playing the video game, trial patients wear a monitoring clip that allows them to succeed at the game only when their pulse dips below a resting rate. Ducharme teaches players deep breathing techniques that bring down their heart rates.
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Sloan Work & Family Research Network in ForbesWoman's Top Websites
AUGUST 11, 2010

With the help of the ForbesWoman community, Forbes has searched the Web for the most dynamic, inspiring, and helpful websites for women. Included in this list is the Boston College Alfred P. Sloan Work and Family Research Network website.

The Sloan Work and Family Research Network is widely recognized as the premier online destination for current, credible, and comprehensive research and information on work and family issues.
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Doctoral Program Grad to Present at Paris Seminar in July

JUNE 23, 2010

Rocio Calvo, PhD, GSSW doctoral program graduate and adjunct faculty member has been invited to attend the QMSS2 seminar in Paris in July. This seminar is organized to support research networks in quantitative social sciences. This seminar is small‐scale and attendance is based upon invitation only. In session I, Ms. Calvo will be presenting her paper entitled "Two Sides of the Same Coin? The Impact of the Welfare State on the Incorporation and Discrimination of Third Country Nationals in Europe."

A maximum of twelve papers were accepted, preferably written by young scholars. Ms. Calvo is currently doing her post-doc work at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies.

GSSW Visiting Scholar Receives Order of Australia Honor

JUNE 22, 2010

Dr. Maryanne Loughry, RSM, associate director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Australia and visiting research scholar at both the Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice and the Graduate School of Social Work, has been awarded the honor of AM (General member of the Order of Australia). The Order of Australia is the pre-eminent way Australians recognize the achievements and service of their fellow citizens. Dr. Loughry’s award was for her service to the community as an advocate for displaced persons and refugees.

Adjunct Faculty Member Receives Honorary Doctorate from Curry College

MAY 26, 2010

Suzin Bartley, executive director of Children's Trust Fund (CTF), recently received an honorary doctorate in public administration from Curry College. Ms. Bartley is a member of the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work Advisory Board and serves as an adjunct faculty member. As Executive Director of the Children's Trust Fund (CTF), Ms. Bartley oversees the organization's mission to prevent child abuse and neglect by strengthening families.
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3rd Annual Policy Poster Session

MAY 6, 2010

Final year GSSW students from the advanced policy courses participated in the 3rd Annual GSSW Policy Poster Session held in Gasson Hall on May 6th. Students from the Children, Youth, and Families; Health and Mental Health; and Older Adults and Families concentrations showcased policy analyses on posters at the event.
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Professor Rowland to receive Louis Lowy Award 

APRIL 28, 2010

The Mass Gerontology Association will present Associate Professor Richard Rowland with the Louis Lowy Award at the Annual Meeting of the Association on May 6, 2010 at the Florence Heller Graduate School at Brandeis University. Professor Rowland teaches Macro Practice in the Older Adults & Families, Health and Mental Health Concentrations.

The Mass. Gerontology Association Louis Lowy Award was created in memory of Louis Lowy the founder of MGA. Louis Lowy was a pioneer in the gerontology field, a holocaust survivor and a long time professor at the Boston University School of Social Work. Dick Rowland was one of Professor Lowy's students at the BU School of Social Work.

The criteria for this award is a lifetime of leadership and measurable contributions to the field. "Dick not only teaches theory, practice, and programs, but also exposes his students to the actual workings of legislative bargaining and what it takes to be successful," said James J. Callahan, Ph.D., a Professor Emeritus from the Heller School at Brandeis University.

Dick Rowland started as an advocate for low-income populations during the Great Society years of the 1960s. He then went to work for the Mass Association of Older Americans and the Legislative Council of Older Americans as the association's person on Beacon Hill. In 1983, Governor Dukakis named him Secretary of Elder Affairs where he advocated for better programs for elders, increased financing for local councils of aging (grassroots), and higher salaries for the employees of home care agencies. He taught at UMASS Boston in a special program to educate older persons to be effective advocates in their own right.

GSSW Events

Alumni Association Networking Event

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Join the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work for an evening of networking and career exploration.

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GSSW Lecture Series: King Davis, Ph.D.


Speaker: King Davis, Ph.D., Professor and Robert Lee Sutherland Chair in Mental Health and Social Policy, University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work
"Predicting the Future Direction of American Mental Health Policy."
Continental Breakfast: 8:00 am
Lecture: 8:30am
McGuinn Hall, 5th floor lounge

GSSW Lecture Series: Gerald P. Mallon, DSW

OCTOBER 28, 2009

Speaker: Gerald P. Mallon, DSW, Professor and Executive Director, National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning, Hunter College School of Social Work.
"Lesbians and Gay Men as Foster and Adoptive Parents:  Exploring an Untapped Resource."
McGuinn Hall, Book Room

GSSW Lecture Series: Maryanne Loughry, Ph.D.

12:30 pm

Speaker: Maryanne Loughry, Ph.D., Associate Director, Jesuit Refugee Service Australia
"Who is on the move?: An expose on the people moving in our global world-their stories and the problems they encounter."
McGuinn Hall, 5th Floor Lounge

"A Man on Fire" - Opening Reception


Location: Social Work Library, McGuinn Hall.
Description: The Graduate School of Social Work and the Center for Human Rights and International Justice are honored to welcome to Boston College “Man on Fire” an exhibit of images and words honoring the legacy of Father Pedro Arrupe, the founder of Jesuit Refugee Service.

GSSW Lecture Series: Dr. Harold Grotevant

12:00 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Harold Grotevant, Rudd Family Foundation Chair in Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
"From Nuclear Families to Kinship Networks:  Longitudinal Perspectives on Openness in Adoption."
McGuinn Hall, Book Room

HIV/AIDS Conference 2009

MAY 21-24, 2009

The 21st Annual National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS will be held May 21-24, 2009 in New Orleans, LA. The theme of this year's conference is "Defining the Future of HIV/AIDS Social Work: What is YOUR Vision?" There will be over 100 presentations submitted by AIDS social workers from diverse areas of practice, policy and research.

View the HIV/AIDS Conference page for more information, including the conference schedule.


MONDAY, MAY 18, 2009

The 133rd Commencement of Boston College will be held on Monday, May 18, 2009. The University Commencement which is held in Alumni Stadium (rain: Conte Forum) will begin with the procession at 9:30 a.m. and will take approximately two hours. The GSSW Diploma Ceremony is held at noon on Burns Lawn.

Newly Admitted Students Reception and Resource Fair

Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
4:30 - 6:30 pm

Please join us to meet faculty and fellow students to learn more about the Graduate School of Social Work and Boston College resources and opportunities.

Maine Colloquium

MAY 5, 2009
Reception 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Presentation 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Dr. Deb Butterfield will present a lecture "Intuition as a Reliable Skill in a Clinical Setting and as a Resource for Client Health and Well-being."

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Pinderhughes Diversity Lecture Series

Speaker: Dr. Beverly Greene

Dr. Beverly Greene, PhD, ABPP, Professor of Psychology at St. John's University, NY spoke on the topic: "Social Marginalization By and Between the Marginalized: What the same sex marriage debate hath wrought. Implications for mental health providers."

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GSSW Alumni Dinner

5:00 - 6:00 pm CEU Presentation
6:00 - 8:00 pm Alumni Dinner and Awards Presentation Walsh Hall

Join fellow alums at the Alumni Dinner following the all-day "For Alums and By Alums" Conference.

Alumni Conference: "By Alums & For Alums"

9:00 am - 4:30 pm  Devlin Hall

"Celebrating our Professional Practice: Reports From the Field by BC GSSW Alums". Conference registration fee: $60. CEU's #6
Look for more information to be posted on the conference offerings, schedule  and registration information soon.

2nd Annual GSSW Policy Poster Session

APRIL 30, 2009

Final year GSSW students from the advanced policy courses participated in the 2nd Annual GSSW Policy Poster Session held in Gasson Hall on April 30th.  Students from the Children, Youth, and Families, Health and Mental Health, and Older Adults and Families concentrations showcased policy analyses on posters at the event.

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Darfur Exhibition

MARCH 9 - MARCH 27, 2009

The Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, The Center for Human Rights and International Justice, and the Center for the Arts and Social Responsibility co-sponsored Waging Peace's traveling exhibition of drawings created by refugee children from Darfur.

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GSSW Recruitment Fair

MARCH 20, 2009

Recruiters from across New England came to campus to talk to students about the employment opportunities at their agencies.

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Arts & Identity Conference

To learn more about this recent conference, view the BC Chronicle article.

Stonehill Colloquium

MARCH 10, 2009
6:30 - 8:00 pm

Professor Kerry Mitchell, Ph.D.,LICSW will be presenting a lecture at Stonehill College:
"Confessions of a Cognitive Therapist: 20 Years in Practice"

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