On October 28, 2014, BUSSW’s Aida Manduley, scheduled to graduate in 2016, sat on a panel of (s)experts at BU’s 3rd Annual Sex in the Dark event. Hosted by Wellness & Prevention Services, the event takes place in complete darkness, minus a few glow sticks, to make students more comfortable discussing intimate issues. Questions are anonymously texted to the sexperts in advance, and nothing relevant is considered “TMI.”
“The goal of the event is to normalize conversations about sexuality and give attendees (mostly students, but it was open to anyone) a fun, honest space to ask questions, as well as familiarize them with resources BU has to offer,” Manduley said. “All this while grounding “sexpert” answers in accessible, non-judgmental language and paying attention to things like consent and sexual diversity.”
When she first arrived at Brown University, Manduley knew she wanted to work on issues of LGBTQ rights and racial justice. “As a queer Latina, not only did I know those issues were important overall, but they were also topics I wasn’t able to tackle when I lived with my family in Puerto Rico,” she said. “I branched out into sexuality education more specifically, but it’s all rooted in wanting social justice.”
Manduley is a youth sexuality educator with Partners in Sex Education, an Offsite Sex Educator with Good Vibrations, a Sexual Health Advocate, and a Special Projects Consultant with The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health. However, she is also a active and engaged student with at the School of Social Work.
“My goal is to consistently connect my knowledge bases, so bringing bits of social work into the sexuality field and vice-versa is very important to me,” Manduley said. “I’ve acquired core sexuality knowledge, but also gotten experience in fundraising, organizational development, education, and things like program management.”
Currently on the Clinical Track, Manduley’s detailed knowledge about sexuality issues allows her to connect with clients around issues that other social workers may find uncomfortable. “I joked about it in a class the other day, actually,” Manduley said. “We were talking about issues facing older adults, and how many seniors are sexually active. Someone said they didn’t want to talk to their grandparents about sex, and I just exclaimed: ‘ME! Let me do it! I want to talk to everyone’s grandparents about sex!’”
Manduley’s social work aspirations include both a passion for macro and private practice. Interested in human services management and the intersections of social work with public health, she has special interest in areas of sexual and domestic violence, reproductive justice, and provider competency with minority populations.
When asked about the importance of events like Sex in the Dark, Manduley noted the purpose of higher education. “College is not just a place to get an academic education; it’s a place where students go to become well-rounded individuals, and sexuality is a large part of human experience that deserves analysis and intellectual (as well as practical) attention.”
Dean and Professor Gail Steketee, PhD, was named in Joan Acocella’s article “Let it Go – Are we Becoming a Nation of Hoarders,” published in The New Yorker. Here, Acocella tells the stories of her mother, Homer and Langley Collyer, and Edith Ewing Bouvier Baele and her daughter Edith, also known as Big and Little Edie, all mild to severe hoarders.
The sense that hoarding was a symptom of genteel eccentricity started to change about twenty years ago. In 1993, Randy Frost, a professor of psychology at Smith College, and one of his students, Rachel Gross, published an article, in Behaviour Research and Therapy, to the effect that hoarding was not rare but common, and a dangerous business. By 2010, Frost and a colleague, Gail Steketee, in their book “Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things”—which examined the Collyers in detail—were claiming that between six and fifteen million Americans were engaged in pathological hoarding.
Boston University School of Social Work Professional Education Program Introduces Trauma Certificate Program
We are pleased to announce a new professional development opportunity from the Professional Education Programs at Boston University School of Social Work.
Certificate Program in the Treatment of Trauma
Because trauma is a critically emerging and rapidly evolving field, mental health professionals need integrated up-to-date training in working with diverse populations affected by wide ranging traumatic experiences, including violence, crime, natural disasters, combat trauma, and terrorism.
This is a practice-focused program taught by two trauma faculty members in the field of social work, Kathleen Flinton, LICSW, M.A.R. (Part-time Faculty, BUSSW; Clinical Social Worker, Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights) and Ellen DeVoe, Ph.D., (Associate Professor and Director Doctoral Program, BUSSW). This program utilizes a neurobiological framework to explore the impact of trauma on client’s lives throughout the lifespan.
This program is ideal for:
- Licensed mental health professionals who find themselves engaging in trauma work, but lack the trauma studies framework
- Licensed mental health professionals seeking opportunities to advance their practice
Topics explored during this program include:
- Trauma and addiction
- Trauma and attachment
- Mindfulness in clinical practice with trauma
- Disassociation and memory
- Cross-cultural work
- Treatment approaches for individuals and groups
- Systems of care around children
- Working with veterans and military involved families
- Clinical challenges in trauma treatment
- Supervision in the context of trauma work
Upon completion of the program students will gain a comprehensive understanding of evidence-based treatment modalities and their integration into clinical practice. The format of the course places emphasis on case material.
This program is geared toward licensed mental health professionals. Affiliated professionals with appropriate training and/or practical experience, and who work with trauma-impacted populations will be considered. Upon submission of application, appropriate applicants will be invited to an in-person interview.
Learn More & Apply Now!
Applications are currently being accepted for the Trauma Certificate Program through February 1. For more information or to apply now: click here.
Questions? Click here to email or call 617-353-3750.
In the wake of the recent Grand Jury decisions not to indict the police officers who killed Eric Garner and Michael Brown, our community at BUSSW has found ways to come together for justice and healing.
In Boston on December 4, students, alumni, faculty, administrators, and staff came together with thousands of others at Boston Common during the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Demonstrators held signs saying “I Can’t Breathe,” “Black Lives Matter,” and “Justice for All.”
Over the past two weeks, students and faculty have found additional ways to engage around these issues of injustice and oppression during several open forum discussions that took place in Conant Lounge.
Dean Steketee said, “Exploration and reflection on these events help us advance our academic and professional goals to combat racism, classism, and other social injustices in our society. Open and honest dialogue is a critical key to this process.”
Please stay tuned for more updates from the BUSSW community.
On December 2, 2014, Broadway World announced the premiere of BURQ OFF!, an autobiographical one-woman show written, produced and performed by BUSSW graduate Nadia P. Manzoor. BURQ OFF! features 21 different characters and navigates the complexities of life as a modern Muslim Woman in the West.
“It’s through expression and sharing of our past that we are able to let go of things that inhibit us,” Manzoor said in the Spring/Summer 2014 edition of Currents. “Through theater, comedy, film and art, we can move forward.”
On November 30, 2014, Dan Adams of The Huffington Post published “Seven things you should know about Barry Shrage.”
Shrage, the president of Combined Jewish Philanthropies, has dramatically increased the organization’s assets since assuming management. Adams spoke to Shrage to learn more about his past, including his experience at the Boston University School of Social Work and his field work at the Belchertown State School.
“It was human insanity. There are laws against treating animals like that. Naked people screaming, feces on the wall — you’re talking about the bottom of hell,” Shrage told Adams. “It was incomprehensible. I couldn’t stop crying. But it felt like a solvable problem and I knew I needed to do something about it.”
Click here to read Adams’ complete article.
Photo: Photo: David L. Ryan/Globe Staff
Boston University School of Social Work Assistant Professor Daniel P. Miller, PhD, was quoted in The Huffington Post’s “Why ‘Family Bonding’ During The Holidays Actually Matters, According To Science.” The article, presented by Johnson & Johnson, curates recent studies to suggest the importance of family bonding during the holiday season. Miller’s quote comes from a 2013 USA Today article discussing Miller, Waldfogel, and Han’s 2012 “Family Meals and Child Academic and Behavioral Outcomes” study, published in Child Development.
On November 12, 2014, Associate Professor Hyeouk Chris Hahm, PhD, joined a panel titled “Invisible Minority No More: Exploring Stress, Coping, and Mental Health Amongst Asian and Asian-American Students.” The panel, including Hahm’s talk, was covered in SAMPAN, the only bilingual Chinese-English Newspaper in New England.
Boston University School of Social Work Dean and Professor Gail Steketee, PhD, was interviewed for Marni Jameson’s Orlando Sentinel article titled “Take a look at your house – are you a hoarder?”
In the November 24 article, Steketee discusses the spectrum of relationships people have with their stuff. ”Holding onto stuff becomes unhealthy when it negatively affects a person’s life,” she told Jameson.
Steketee co-authored two books on hoarding, including ”Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things,” and “Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding.”
On November 6, 2014, the Mental Health Association for San Francisco awarded Dean and Professor Gail Steketee the Lifetime Achievement Award at its 16th annual International Conference on Hoarding and Cluttering.