Get to know BUSSW’s admirable off-campus program advisors
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100 Years of Advising… and Counting!
Cape Cod Campus Faculty Advisor : Bill Dawber
Mr. Dawber has been a Faculty Advisor with the SEMA Program since 1984, the second year of the program’s existence. Having graduated from Boston College School of Social Work in 1964, he spent the initial 12 years of his professional career working within the Massachusetts State Correctional System. Positions he’s held have included functioning as a therapist to inmates as well as various supervisory and administrative roles. He has been an administrator and therapist at a private psychiatric hospital. In addition he has been a therapist in a number of community mental health clinics and is currently associated with Bayview Associates in Plymouth, MA, a division of South Shore Mental Health.
Fall River Campus Advisor : Patrick McCarthy
Dr. McCarthy has been a faculty advisor with the Fall River Program since September of 1984. In addition he has taught adult psychopathology at Boston University and at Boston College. He received his MSW and PhD from Boston College in 1975 and 1992, respectively. In addition to being a faculty advisor, Dr. McCarthy has a private practice in Mattapoisett, working primarily with adults and couples. When we asked Pat to share with us his favorite experience as an advisor he said, “Probably my most enjoyable times would be participating in the half-way celebrations and being able to witness Jim Garland work his group work magic by bringing out his ukulele and getting everyone fully involved. Priceless. Another favorite moment was with my NIF students at the very beginning going through the ‘what brings you to want to be a social worker’ sharing. After going around and students responding with variations of ‘I like helping people’ or ‘people always tell me I’m a good listener,’ the last student (who was not the oldest student to pass through the program) responded ‘I’m sixty years old and I am going to have to continue working for a long time. I need a job where I can sit down!'”
Fall River Campus Advisor : James E. Tooley
Mr. Tooley became an advisor for the SEMA Program in 1983. He was the first faculty advisor hired for the OCP Fall River. He is currently in full-time private practice in New Bedford, MA, with Southeastern Counseling Associates, focusing on individual, family, and couples’ therapy. He also provides consultation to school systems, utilizes EMDR and EAP services. He received his MSW in 1976 from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work with a concentration in clinical casework. James shared this interesting story with us:
“A recent experience is one that I find very satisfying. For a couple years, I taught at Providence College’s BSW program as an adjunct professor (1998-2000). While there, I taught a senior integrative seminar. A young women who grew up in NYC in a nonconventional undergraduate environment, was an outstanding student who had much promise. I choose her paper for an award and for her to read portions of it at a senior awards event. I never knew what happened to her until two years ago when the class of 2015 entered the program. When I got my assignments of students and meet with them, low and behold this very student was now an advisee of mine. I am proud to say she is near graduation and an excellent student and I will be proud to call her a social worker and colleague come May 2015. Thank you Michele Marcello.”
You did it!
Congratulation to the Class of 2015 on your tremendous accomplishments. You should be extremely proud of yourselves for your hard work and dedication over these past three years.
Graduation will be held on May 15th.
The Graduating Class of 2015 has spoken! Commencement role winners:
Luz Lopez (Marshall), Mark Gianino (Reader), Melvin Delgado and Gary Eager (Hooders), Lisa Moore (Recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award), the Class of 2015 would like their gift to go to The Hubie Jones Fund earmarked for student scholarships. Hubie Jones (’57), Dean Emeritus, will be our Commencement Speaker. To learn more about Jones’ work throughout his career, take a look at the article published by the Boston Globe here.
Cindi is a Fall River student who received the employee of the year award from the Seven Hills Behavioral Health Foundation this past year. Cindi has worked for Seven Hills Behavioral Health for over 10 years. She was chosen as Employee of the Year because of the impressive contributions she has made to the agency and for the clients, as well as the tremendous personal accomplishments she has achieved in her studies.
Over the past 10 years, Cindi Borden has worked tirelessly as a clinician for Seven Hills Behavioral Health. Cindi has a friendly, gentle, easy-going spirit and selflessly supports all those around her. She approaches each day with gratitude, appreciation, and respect for the ability to do what she loves – help and encourage others. The way in which she naturally brings comfort to those around her, enables her to de-escalate situations often before they arise. Cindi is known for treating every person with dignity and respect, organizing site-wide opportunities that promote fun and fellowship, and taking on new challenges with open-minded optimism.
For years, Cindi has been supporting and encouraging others to take on new challenges, create change, believe in themselves, and overcome daily challenges. This year, she embraced this philosophy for herself as she has welcomed new challenges in her new supervisory role as the Coordinator of Recovery Services and in beginning her education towards a Masters in Social Work at Boston University. It is her ability to consistently motivate and engage others in a positive and empowering way that makes Cindi Borden our choice for employee of the year.
Luz Marilis López, Ph.D., MPH, MSW, is a Clinical Associate Professor at Boston University School of Social Work. Dr. Lopez’s research focuses on substance abuse and HIV prevention with Latinos and other diverse groups. Dr. Lopez’s practice focuses on group work that provides evidenced based intervention for people dealing with trauma and addiction recovery. Luz works in collaboration with two local substance abuse programs – Casa Esperanza, a Boston based program, and Tapestry Health, based in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Professor Lopez also developed and leads an annual summer cultural immersion travel program to Puerto Rico, where Boston University graduate students gain exposure to Puerto Rican culture, public health social work practice, and community participatory research with homeless substance users. Bilingual graduate students serve as research assistants and play a key role in conducting in-person interviews, and data collection and analysis. The goal is to compare substance abuse patterns between Puerto Ricans residing in Puerto Rico and those residing in Massachusetts. Graduate students hope to contribute to increased access to health care, and developing culturally appropriate HIV and addiction intervention programs for the homeless.
BUSSW, BC School of Social Work, and NASW-MA Celebrate Marylou Sudders (’78), Massachusetts’ New Secretary of Health and Human Services
“We are delighted to have her intelligence, knowledge, practicality, and strong leadership in this area of extreme importance in the Commonwealth,” Dean Gail Steketee told an audience of approximately 200 on Tuesday, March 24, as she kicked off an afternoon celebration in honor of Marylou Sudders (’78), Governor Baker’s new Secretary of Health and Human Services.
The event was co-hosted by BUSSW, BC School of Social Work, and NASW-MA and brought together social workers from all across New England to celebrate a leader in the field. The reception took place at the Massachusetts State House Flag Hall.
Governor Charles Baker, State Senator of Massachusetts Karen E. Spilka, BC School of Social Work Dean Alberto Godenzi, Executive Director of NASW, Massachusetts Chapter Carol J. Trust, NASW, and Chief Executive Officer of NASW Angelo McClain also spoke to Sudders’ lifetime dedication to public service.
Dean Steketee said Sudders’ appointment is a timely one. “Our own school is about to launch its Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health. We are particularly interested in drawing together experts in health throughout the [Boston] area as well as the nation. I am hopeful that Marylou will contribute some of her expertise as its needed in the future.”
Governor Baker told the audience he “couldn’t imagine picking anyone else” for the position. Sudders is charged with overseeing the largest executive agency in state government and a $19.4 billion budget. “She’s born for this job. And if she wasn’t born for it, she made herself the right person for this job over the course of her career.”
“One of the things I admire most about social workers is their ability to solve really complicated problems that present themselves almost on a daily basis,” Governor Baker said. “That’s one of the things I love most about Marylou… she’s a spectacular problem solver.”
Sudders earned her MSW at Boston University School of Social Work in 1978. In 2012, Sudders was appointed to the state’s Health Policy Commission for her behavioral health expertise. She has also served as Chair of Health and Mental Health at Boston College School of Social Work, where she will continue to serve as a visiting professor.
“If somebody had said to me in 1976 when I entered the School of Social Work that I might be a public official, a Commissioner of Mental Health, and a cabinet Secretary for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, I would have said ‘I don’t think so,’” Sudders said. “But what I’ve always said to students is the thing about social work is it opens any door that you want to run through, it is our inhibitions that prevent us from running through those doors. There is no greater education than a social work education to open up a wealth of opportunities for us. I would expect in ten years that there shouldn’t just be a one Marylou Sudders, but we should be populating as cabinet secretaries all across the country.”
Donna McLaughlin (Clinical Associate Professor) Receives 2015 Mary V. Lisbon Group Worker of the Year Award
Professor Donna McLaughlin is the recipient of the 2015 Mary V. Lisbon Group Worker of the Year Award from the Massachusetts Chapter of the International Association for Social Work with Groups (IASWG). The award recognizes McLaughlin’s commitment, leadership, and contributions around the field of social work with groups.
McLaughlin received the award on Friday, March 20 at the Massachusetts Chapter Spring Conference entitled “Social Change through Group Work: Empowering Individuals and Communities” held at Wheelock College, Brookline Campus.
“Donna is honored to be recognized by this group of social work professionals,” Dean Gail Steketee said. BUSSW was well represented at the conference with 16 current students, numerous alumni, fellow faculty Clinical Associate Professor Mark Gianino, several part-time lecturers (Sera Godfrey, Adam Glick, Liz Hudson, Leah Hart Tennen), and Professor Emeritus Lois Levinsky in attendance.
On March 3, a delegation of five Russian child protection specialists affiliated with the US-Russian Social Expertise Exchange visited the School of Social Work.
The group of experts met with Professor Renee Spencer and Associate Dean and Professor Mary Collins. The group has identified a focus of mentoring for children aging out of protection systems (residential care in Russia).
Recently, BUSSW has been speaking with members of our school community to explore their “hidden talents.” So, when we learned that Clinical Associate Professor Mark Gianino sings with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus (TFC) in his “free” time, we had to know more.
Professor Gianino joined the renowned Tanglewood Festival Chorus in 1996, bringing with him a rich history of singing. Back in high school—Gianino attended nearby Arlington High School—he really began pursuing singing thanks to a great music teacher. “I didn’t have much experience,” Gianino said. “But I had a wonderful music teacher who suggested I join the all-state choir. I began performing in competitions around the state and never looked back.”
Since then, Gianino said he’s remained engaged in the arts. “It’s just this sense of peace, harmony, and exhilaration that comes from the creation of music,” he said.
Singing with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus—the official chorus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra—is no easy feat. The chorus itself has approximately 280 members who are pulled in to perform during the regular concert season, summers out at Tanglewood and the Pops holiday concerts. Since 1970, the chorus has been conducted by John Oliver, who recently announced he will step down after this season.
“A colleague of mine in the chorus calls the TFC a merciless meritocracy. I agree!,” Gianino said. Every few years, members are re-auditioned to ensure voices are still ripe for performing. “We’re performing at a very high level.” The group often sings in other languages—everything from Latvian to Latin—and all performances are done from memory.
Over the years, the chorus has been involved in many important works, including numerous commissioned pieces. In February 1998, the chorus represented the United States in the Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics when Seiji Ozawa led six choruses on five continents, all linked by satellite, in Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. The chorus also sang on the soundtrack to Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan.
For Gianino, one of his most memorable experiences took place at Carnegie Hall after 9/11 in October 2001. The Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus performed a powerful and moving rendition of Berlioz’ Reqiuem, in remembrance of the victims of 9/11. “It ended on this quiet ’amen.’ The conductor, Seiji Ozawa, held his hand up in the air to keep the audience from applauding at the end of the piece and the only thing that broke the silence was the sobbing of audience members,” Gianino recalled. “It was a transformative and healing moment that really reminded me of the power of music to bring a community together.”
The sentiment that choruses are a place for social healing is one that Dean Emeritus Hubie Jones (’57) echoed as well. Jones felt that choruses were an important source of community involvement, which is why he founded the Boston Children’s Chorus in 2001. “These are special kinds of groups,” Gianino said. “You need to come together and look at the whole picture. The impact of choral singing is that the whole is so much greater than the sum of its parts.” That kind of logic is occasionally intertwined into Gianino’s own teaching. As an expert in group work, Gianino said he speaks with his students about the connection between group work and choral groups such is the role of the conductor and facilitator, both of whom guide the proceedings to attend to not only the experience of the group-as-a-whole but to each of its individual members. There is a role for harmony and occasional dissonances in all kinds of groups including choral groups that lead to cohesion and other elements at play in a functioning group.
Gianino admits being a member of the chorus can be challenging—members are expected to memorize their parts prior to rehearsals. Then, rehearsals are focused on the run itself. Individuals might be committed to between six and eight performances a year. During a performance, Gianino might be on consecutively for several days, such as a Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
“It’s also a lot of fun. People who sing in the chorus range from scientists to music teachers—and, of course, the occasional social worker. I might complain about the rehearsals and that I don’t have enough time. I might say, ‘Oh this is it I’m done.’ But, I don’t think I’ll ever be done, I’m just going to hang on here as long as I can,” he laughed.
Catch Gianino in his next performance on April 27 for the Boston premiere of “Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín.” For more information, click here.
In this month’s “Hidden Talent Spotlight,” we interviewed Ina L. B. Frye (Financial Aid Manager). Frye has worked at Boston University since 1980.
We hear you have a hidden talent—what is it?
I do a lot of crafts, but knitting is my passion. Sometimes I even include crocheting into the things I knit.
When did you become passionate about knitting? And how did you learn?
I started knitting in the fourth grade. I would find books around the house that my mother used to use, and I actually taught myself. I would practice at home, find different patterns, and even bring it to school to practice at recess. One of the first things I knit was a sweater for a baby from a kit I bought.
And now you teach others?
Yes—I’m a certified knitting instructor, so I’m certified to teach anybody who wants to learn. We actually started a knitting club here. We meet weekly and work on different projects. Anyone is invited to join us!
What do you like about knitting?
It’s relaxing. Plus, I really like creating something and seeing the finished product.
What challenges does knitting present?
Learning how to knit is easy but navigating different patterns can be hard. Each time you have to learn a new language because everyone writes patterns a little different.
What’s the future for knitting?
Well, knitting is not a dying art. As long as people wear knitted garments—people will learn how to knit. Now, thanks to technology, knitting is easier than ever because you can just watch videos on YouTube or look up patterns online.
What tips do you have for the novice knitter?
If you’re someone who can learn from a book or video, that’s great, but the best way to learn—I think—is for someone to show you. Everyone will eventually develop their own style. One of my favorite quotes that I always remember when it comes to knitting is by F. Scott Fitzgerald: “Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.”
Do you have a favorite thing to knit?
I enjoy knitting anything, not one thing in particular. I always have it with me wherever I go — it relaxes me. I like to design things, and I like trying new patterns and techniques. One of my designs was published in Interweave Crochet.
How long did those booties take you?
They took a couple of weeks. I knit the entire boots, and then embellished them with crochet.
Dr. Luz López (Clinical Associate Professor) is participating in the Fellows Program of The Partnership, a Boston-based organization that focuses on talent management solutions for professionals of color. She was recommended for this program by Dean Steketee and selected as part of a group of mid-career leaders who are seeking to strengthen their leadership toolkit. Participants are Asian, Black, Latino, Native American and South Asian professionals employed by organizations in the Greater Boston area who have a minimum of 10 years of experience and some leadership experience within their organization/company. Boston University and the School of Social work are jointly sponsoring Dr. López to attend this year-long program for Fellows. At her first meeting of the Fellows program, Luz greatly enjoyed meeting BU Overseer Maureen Alphonse-Charles, the C.O.O. of The Partnership. Luz reported that she “met wonderful, interesting people. It is great to network with such a diverse group from many States of New England, including Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, as well as Massachusetts. We had very dynamic speakers. I am thrilled to be part of this group and to have this experience.”