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2014 Alumni Association Awards

October 7th, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW Media Features, Uncategorized

On September 20, 2014, BUSSW faculty, family, friends, co-workers, and peers gathered to recognize four outstanding individuals during the 2014 BUSSW Alumni Association Awards.

Outstanding Career in Social Work: Sally Johnson

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Dorothy Bergold (’81) nominated Sally Johnson (’78), clinical social worker at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and co-founder of BABIS, for the Outstanding Career in Social Work award.

“You can’t talk about BABIS without thinking of Sally,” Bergold said. “There is nobody more deserving to receive this award.”

“I’m so proud to be a social worker, and part of the BUSSW community,” Johnson said in her acceptance speech.

 

Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Social Work: Lisa Goldblatt-Grace

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Deborah Putnam (MSW ’92, MPH ’94) and Rick Cresta (MSW ’93, MPH’ 94) nominated Lisa Goldblatt-Grace (MSW ’94, MPH ’95), co-founder and executive director of “My Life, My Choice,” for the Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Social Work award.

“This nomination came with such ease,” Putnam said. “It was not easy to find people to write on behalf of Lisa, it was VERY easy.”
“Lisa does not desire to take center stage, but she is incredibly powerful when she does,” Cresta added.

“I’m a really lucky woman to get to be a social worker,” Goldblatt-Grace said as she accepted her award. “I feel happily selfish because I love what I do.”

 

Hubie Jones Urban Service Award: Mojdeh Rohani 

10649837_10152321953732539_6283409004201592622_n Lee Staples and Dean Emeritus Hubie Jones presented the Hubie Jones Urban Service Award to Mojdeh Rohani (’99), co-director of the BRIDGE Program, and associate clinical director of the Community Legal Services and Counseling Center.

“I’ve never met an individual more worthy of the Hubie Jones Urban Service Award,” Staples said when discussing Rohani’s nomination. ”You honor me by accepting this award,” Jones told Rohani as he helped present the award.

“To have role models like you, I’m so honored,” Rohani told Staples and Jones. “With your help, I will continue focusing on social justice because that’s what we stand for.”

 

Outstanding Contributions to the School of Social Work: Jennifer Grahek

10690145_10152321954927539_8644759582285917675_nMena daSilva-Clark nominated Online Program Administrator Jennifer Grahek for the Outstanding Contributions to the School of Social Work award.

“Winners of this award have an incredible commitment to the Boston University School of Social Work,” daSilva-Clark said. “We certainly couldn’t do the program without her.”

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BUSSW Ranked #13 Program in Online Guide, Best MSW Programs

October 1st, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW News Releases

Boston University School of Social Work was recently ranked #13 program in the nation by the popular online guide, Best MSW Programs. The 2014-15 rankings on the site were announced last week.Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 10.19.39 AM

Best MSW Programs examined over 230 social work programs across the country before putting together their list of the 50 best programs. In addition to consider rankings by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Gourman Report on Graduate Schools, Best MSW Programs considered specialization/concentration options and the presence of new and innovative approaches and ideas in determining their rankings.

To read the complete rankings, click here.

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BUSSW Seeking Director of the Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health

September 23rd, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW News Releases

The Director of the Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health provides intellectual and administrative leadership of the newly endowed Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health and promotes excellence in all aspects of the Center’s mission, including research, education, and practice goals. S/he will lead the Center’s faculty and administrative staff, integrate Center activities with those of the School, and effectively communicate the vision and goals to constituencies within Boston University, as well as nationally and internationally.

The successful candidate will have exceptional scholarly visibility nationally within the social work, health, and health economics research community, as well as demonstrated leadership and administrative experience in the health and health care arena at the local, state, national and international level.  The Director will have an excellent record of teaching and professional training at the graduate level and be committed to excellence in inter-professional and trans-disciplinary research, outcomes-oriented research, community partnerships, policy development, and education and training activities. The Director will be able to lead the Center in its mission to expand the impact of social work in health, public health, and global health in order to reduce health costs, improve outcomes and the patient experience, and promote population health and health equity nationally and globally.

Founded in 1919, the Boston University School of Social Work has over 700 students, 30 full time faculty, and over 8,000 alumni, creating a vibrant and active community. The School offers a PhD in Social Work, and the MSW degree in one of three program formats: on the Charles River Campus, in part-time satellite programs, and in a part-time fully online MSW program. In addition, the School has three dual degree programs with Public Health, Theology, and Education, and an active post-graduate professional education program.  The MSW/MPH program is the oldest and largest in the U.S. with 50 students enrolled at various phases and over 350 graduates. The diversity of dual degree offerings and collaborations with other BU professional programs (e.g., medicine, psychology) demonstrates the School’s commitment to interdisciplinary approaches to solving human problems. MSW graduates have over a 90% licensure pass rate and job employment rate, and the largest portion of PhD graduates secure positions in academia and research consulting.

Responsibilities:

  • Articulate and implement the vision and goals of the Center in collaboration with core and affiliated Center faculty and in concert with the SSW Dean; establish the Center as a major source of scientific advances and best practices in social work, health, public health, and health economics.
  • Promote the highest quality practice-based research and education/training within the Center.
  • Effectively communicate with a wide audience of interdisciplinary faculty researchers, practitioners, administrators, and community stakeholders.
  • Establish specific, measurable goals and performance expectations, and employ a systematic quality improvement process to ensure progress toward goals and objectives.
  • Empower, support, and inspire faculty and staff to achieve performance goals and objectives; model professional excellence.
  • Establish appropriate mechanisms to recruit, hire, support and retain highly qualified diverse faculty and staff; act to ensure their professional success, maximizing their ability to contribute to the mission and goals of the Center, the School and the University.
  • Motivate and facilitate trans-disciplinary and inter-professional collaboration in research and education by Center faculty with other Schools and Colleges within and outside of the University.
  • Assist the Dean in fundraising for the Center to increase the endowment and operating funds.
  • Lead an effective Center faculty and administrative team.
  • Promote funded research activities under the Center’s auspices
  • Oversee effective utilization of financial resources, human resources, and physical infrastructure; creates a positive, diverse and inclusive work environment in which faculty and staff are treated with dignity and respect.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with other School and University leaders, especially the School of Public Health, the Center for Global Health and Development, the School of Medicine and the School of Dental Medicine.

Required Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Academic credentials and an accomplished track record in social work and other health-related field(s) that merit appointment as a full professor in the School of Social Work with a joint appointment in another health-focused BU School/College (e.g., public health, medicine, allied health professions, management, engineering, economics)
  • An excellent record of federal and/or foundation funded research that is community health and/or practice focused; scholarly accomplishment and commitment to research, education and  service in a field appropriate for appointment as a full professor
  • Administrative experience, academic leadership, and a portfolio of professional successes indicating strong capabilities in strategic planning, financial management, human resource management, risk management, and related decision-making
  • Evidence of excellent relationships with national professional health and social work organizations that will support the Center’s mission and goals
  • Demonstrated proven ability to work collaboratively with leaders across social work and health-focused organizations, including exemplary interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent leadership skills including integrity, sense of professionalism, and sound judgment

Organization

The Center will be administered by the School of Social Work at Boston University, and the Director will report to the Dean. To maximize its trans-disciplinary and inter-professional opportunities in health, the Center will be located on the BU Medical campus in close proximity to the Schools of Public Health, Medicine, and Dental Medicine and the Center for Global Health and Development. Center faculty will include the Director and two or more core faculty members (to be hired) whose primary affiliation will be at the School of Social Work, as well as affiliated faculty members with primary affiliations in other BU Schools and Colleges (e.g., Public Health, Medicine, Management, Arts & Sciences).  Faculty from other institutions may become visiting faculty at the Center.

Boston University (BU) is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU). Chartered in 1869, the University is one of the leading private research and teaching institutions in the world, enrolling over 33,000 students, including over 16,000 undergraduates, and employing nearly 4,000 faculty members across 16 schools and colleges.  Students pursue studies on the Charles River and Medical Campuses as well as study abroad programs in over 30 cities around the world.  BU’s growth over the last quarter century has been profound, as it evolved from a regional university to an internationally recognized, residential, research university with over $350 million in sponsored research in 2013.

Founded in 1919, the Boston University School of Social Work has over 700 students, 30 full time faculty, and over 8,000 alumni, creating a vibrant and active community. The School offers a PhD in Social Work, and the MSW degree in one of three program formats: on the Charles River Campus, in part-time satellite programs, and in a part-time fully online MSW program. In addition, the School has three dual degree programs with Public Health, Theology, and Education, and an active post-graduate professional education program.  The MSW/MPH program is the oldest and largest in the U.S. with 50 students enrolled at various phases and over 350 graduates. The diversity of dual degree offerings and collaborations with other BU professional programs (e.g., medicine, psychology) demonstrates the School’s commitment to interdisciplinary approaches to solving human problems. MSW graduates have over a 90% licensure pass rate and job employment rate, and the largest portion of PhD graduates secure positions in academia and research consulting.

Ranked 16th (8th percentile) among graduate schools of social work by U.S. News & World Report, the School boasts a growing research portfolio on topics ranging from Department of Defense funded projects on families of returning veterans who are parents of small children to community-based studies of addictions and health programs for diverse populations.  In fiscal 2013, research expenditures totaled over $3 million from sources including NIH, DoD, SAMHSA, HRSA, and private foundations.

Contact

Exceptional candidates are encouraged to submit a confidential letter of interest and resume to:

CISWH Search Advisory Committee

c/o Patty Frasso, Assistant to the Dean

Boston University School of Social Work

264 Bay State Rd.

Boston, Massachusetts 02215

pfrasso@bu.edu

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Associate Professor Hyeouk Chris Hahm Discussed AWARE Study on VATV

September 16th, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW Media Features

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On September 10, 2014, Boston University School of Social Work Associate Professor Hyeouk Chris Hahm, PhD, appeared on VATV: Vietnamese American Initiative for Development. Hahm discussed her new study titled Asian Women’s Action for Resilience and Empowerment (AWARE), which is part of the Asian-American Women’s Health Initiative Project. VATV is a bilingual television program connecting Vietnamese America Communities and the larger Boston community to create better understanding and friendships between the two.

As Hahm explained in her appearance, Asian-American women are highly achieved and highly successful. However, they are suffering from higher risks of depression and suicide. “We have a problem and we need to deal with the problem. We need to provide appropriate services specifically for Asian American Women.” Hahm told VATV host Mary Truong. “Unfortunately, there are no specific modules or sessions for them.”

The AWARE study is comprised of ten group therapy sessions as well as daily messages of encouragement. Hahm and her team face many challenges, including the stigma and shame surrounding mental health in Asian American populations. However, Hahm uses her patients’ positive experiences as motivation to continue. She recalls the emotional reaction she had to the following response created by an AWARE participant:

Through AWARE, my eyes and heart are open. Through AWARE I can understand my parents better. Through AWARE I hope to become a happy person. Because of AWARE I know that I am not useless. Because of AWARE I know that I deserve love.”

In order to test the efficacy, feasibility, and safety, Hahm is going to test AWARE intervention using Randomized Clinical Trial (RCT) with bigger sample size in 2015. Hahm hopes this study will positively impact mental health, substance abuse and sexual health problems faced by Asian American women. Her goal is to one day make it available nationally.

Hahm’s full VATV appearance may be viewed below. More information about Hahm’s AWARE program can be found online.

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BUSSW to Host Idealist Grad Fair on September 29

September 11th, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW News Releases

Idealist-logo-09The Boston University School of Social Work will host the Boston Idealist Grad Fair on September 29, 2014 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the George Sherman Union, 2nd Floor, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215. The free event connects perspective students with graduate school programs in the social impact space. Attendees have the opportunity to connect with representatives and admissions officers from 174 national and international graduate schools.

“Attending an idealist graduate fair is an incredible and unique opportunity because it allows you to meet representatives from many of the schools you may already be interested in, and allows you to learn about schools you haven’t considered before, all in one big event forum.” Katie-Ann Mason, BUSSW’s Admissions Officer said. “These fairs are valuable tools for students at all stages of the search process.”

When attending the Boston Idealist Grad Fair, be prepared. Research the list of exhibitors, which can be viewed here, to gain a better sense of who you would like to visit. Also, remember to be specific with your questions, be professional, and bring copies of your resume with you.

To save time, Mason also suggests bringing your business card and labels with your contact information on them. “Having labels and business cards shows how professional and organized you can be. You can stick your contact labels on contact cards and lists that various schools have at their tables. These cards allow schools to send you more information.”

Click here to register for the free event. For more information about Idealist Grad Fair, visit the Idealist website.

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Students Provide Tips and Insights in New BUSSW Video

September 11th, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW Media Features

BUSSW is more than a school, it is a tight-knit community. That’s why this year BUSSW students were eager to offer insights and tips to their incoming BUSSW colleagues.

Do you have any other insights for BUSSW students? Connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, or Youtube and let us know!

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Associate Professor Donna McLaughlin Invited to Join the Wiley Deltak Faculty Fellows Program

September 11th, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW News Releases

Donna-McIn September, 2014, Associate Professor and Group Work Specialization Program Coordinator Donna McLaughlin was invited to join the The Wiley Deltak Faculty Fellows Program. The program recognizes a small group of distinguished educators from Wiley’s partnered online programs. During the two-year term, Fellows will learn from like-minded educators and share their insights with Wiley and Deltak to foster innovation and education.

The program began in 2013 with 10 members. This year, another 10, including McLaughlin, joined. Fellows are chosen because of their work to promote excellence in teaching. Click here to learn more about McLaughlin’s experience, research, awards, honors and more.

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BUSSSW Alumni Eugene Dawson (SSW ’66) Awarded Presidential Leadership Award for Distinguished Service by the Colorado Gerontological Society

September 2nd, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW Media Features, SSW News Releases

The Colorado Gerontological Society awarded Eugene “Gene” Dawson (SSW ’66) the first Presidential Leadership Award for Distinguished Service at its annual “Salute to Seniors” Ceremony in May.

The award is now titled the Eugene Dawson Presidential Leadership Award, honoring Dawson’s years of service. It will be awarded annually to esteemed recipients making extraordinary contributions to older Colorado citizens and their families.

Dawson credits Lewis Lowy for inspiring him to pursue a career in gerontological services. During the past 47 years, Dawson has served as an educator, administrator and practitioner in the field of aging services.

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Assistant Professor Guillermo Ernest Gonzales Awarded Peter Paul Professorship at Boston University

August 29th, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW News Releases

ErnestBoston University School of Social Work Assistant Professor, Guillermo Ernest Gonzales, PhD, has been awarded a highly competitive Peter Paul Professorship at Boston University. The Professorship includes a three-year award of funds and a teaching load reduction to support Gonzales’ research goals. Deans and department heads nominate candidates annually, and President A. Brown and Provost Jean Morrison select the awardees.

“It’s a real vote of confidence for them,” Morrison told BU Today’s Amy Sutherland. “It demonstrates that we have confidence in their potential and are putting the resources behind that.”

The professorship is named for BU trustee Peter Paul (GSM ’71) who donated $1.5 million to the University in 2006 to fund 10 professorships over five years. Paul has increased his overall commitment to the program to $2.5 million.

Click here to learn more about Gonzales’ professional background. More information about the Peter Paul Professorship can also be found online.

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Dr. Mark Gianino Appointed to the Board of Registration of Social Workers

August 28th, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

gianino1BUSSW Clinical Associate Professor Mark Gianino, PhD has been appointed to the Board of Registration of Social Workers, effective August 2014. The Board of Registration of Social Workers protects the public by regulating the practice of social work in Massachusetts. Responsibilities include conducting examinations, licensing qualified individuals, determining eligibility for admission to social work examinations, and hearing complaints and taking required action.

“I can’t think of a better qualified or a more committed social worker than Dr. Mark Gianino to fill this role on the Social Work Board of Registration,” Dean Gail Steketee said. “Mark is a strong team player who models professional ethics in so many contexts. He will be a real asset to the Board.”

Learn more about Gianino’s vast experience here. More information about the Board of Registration of Social Workers is available online.

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