Category: SSW News Releases

Professor Hyeouk “Chris” Hahm to Speak at the 12th Congress of World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation Conference

October 2nd, 2015 in Faculty, SSW News Releases

Professor Hyeouk “Chris” Hahm will speak at the 12th Congress of World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation (WAPR) Conference in Seoul, Korea. The conference takes place from November 2-5, 2015.

Hahm smallSince 1986, the WAPR Congress has served as a landmark in the field of psychosocial rehabilitation. Each year, the Conference features leaders in the field of mental health care and welcomes clinicians and researchers from various disciplines, including social work, psychiatry, and psychology.

Professor Hahm will present “Developing an Intervention to Reduce Mental and Sexual Health Problems Among Asian-American Women: The AWARE Intervention.”

The Hubie Jones Lecture in Urban Health 2015

October 2nd, 2015 in Events, Faculty, SSW News Releases

The Hubie Jones Lecture in Urban Health was established in 2011 in honor of dean emeritus Hubie Jones (’57), the School of Social Work dean from 1977 to 1993. Jones has helped shape Boston’s civic landscape for over 45 years, and been integral in numerous community organizations within Boston’s African-American population and throughout all Boston neighborhoods. The annual symposium features prominent leaders at the intersection of health and social justice.

This year’s fourth annual Hubie Jones Lecture in Urban Health will take place on Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 10-11:30 am in the Kenmore Classroom Building, Room 101 at 565 Commonwealth Avenue. 

1.5 Social Work CECs will be awarded.

Dean-Galea-crop-300dpi-for-PRINTWe are pleased to announce that this year School of Public Health Dean Sandro Galea will present, “A Focus on What Matters: A Foundational Approach to Improving the Health of Populations.”

In his presentation, Dean Galea will explore the promise and challenges of precision medicine–sometimes called personalized medicine, which aims to tailor clinical treatment to the individual characteristics of patients. President Obama recently announced a new Precision Medicine Initiative. The scientific leadership at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Academy of Medicine, and U.S. universities have taken up the challenge. In evaluating the concerns and potential impacts of a focus on precision medicine, Galea will argue that we must explore broader patterns of health and the health of populations rather than of persons.

Contact Ken Schulman at kschul@bu.edu with any questions and RSVP below.

The Hubie Jones Lecture in Urban Health 2015 RSVP

Associate Dean Lena Lundgren and MED Professor Steve Brady Receive $900,000 Grant to Increase Substance Abuse Screening and Treatment

October 2nd, 2015 in Faculty, SSW News Releases

“There is a significant need for behavioral health professionals to be trained in empirically tested behavioral health, screening, brief intervention and treatment methods,” Associate Dean for Research Lena Lundgren said. “This is especially true as the Affordable Care Act now covers behavioral health–including addiction treatment.”

10-3174-SWWCARS-048-e1390497581698Lundgren is the Principal Investigator for “BU-SBIRT: A Multi-Disciplinary Training Grant for Health Professionals in Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment.” The three-year $900,000 grant was recently awarded to Lundgren and Co-PI Professor Steve Brady (School of Medicine) by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Lundgren and Brady will develop training programs for health professionals to provide evidence-based screening and brief intervention methods for patience at risk of a substance abuse disorder. The goal is to extend the continuum of health care across the United States to assist those in receiving needed treatment and, ultimately, in preventing substance use disorders.

 

Dr. Sara Bachman to Serve as Interim Director of SSW Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health

September 14th, 2015 in CISWH, Faculty, SSW News Releases

“I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Sara Bachman has agreed to serve as Interim Director of SSW’s new Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health,” Dean Gail Steketee said.

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Dr. Sara Bachman brings a wealth of experience in the fields of social work and health policy to this role, including twenty years of experience with health policy research and program evaluation, focusing particularly on state and national health care coverage models and financing of health care for children with special health care needs and adults with complex health conditions including HIV/AIDS, disability and substance use. Dr. Bachman holds a joint appoint at the School of Public Health and the School of Social Work.

Madi Wachman (‘14, SPH‘15) is currently serving as the Project Manager for the Center.

The new Center will include seven learning communities that will engage faculty from a variety of disciplines, national leaders, and practitioners in a critical analysis of key areas of social work and health. In additional, the trans-disciplinary teams will produce scholarly research around each key area. The seven areas of focus are: health equity, community health, advancing social work education in health, global health, policy initiatives, health care reforms, and behavioral health.

The Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health aims 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 global. The Center was endowed at $12.5 million in 2014. It is set to open on the Medical Campus this year.

Non-Tenure Track Faculty Opening in Clinical Practice for Fall 2016

August 26th, 2015 in Faculty, SSW News Releases

The Boston University School of Social Work invites applications for a non-tenure track position of Clinical Assistant Professor.  We seek candidates with teaching skills and scholarly expertise in clinical practice.

Located in an unusually rich academic and international community, Boston offers excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration with universities, communities and health and mental health agencies. The School is distinguished by its vision to advance a just society that promotes the health and empowerment of all oppressed groups, and by its mission to develop dynamic and diverse social work practitioners, leaders, and scholars in a multicultural environment.  Special areas of expertise within the school include community organizing, planning and management, health and mental health, aging, children and youth, trauma and families, substance abuse, and public health social work.  The School of Social Work and Boston University foster an interdisciplinary collegial environment and seek to attract and retain a culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber who are skilled in teaching, scholarship, and the application and integration of knowledge.

Candidates should have at least five years of full-time practice experience (or the equivalent) in clinical practice. Applicants must have an MSW or equivalent; a PhD or equivalent degree is desirable. Individuals must show evidence of strong teaching skills, clinical practice and service, and scholarly interests in practice, pedagogy and/or substantive problems and populations.

The deadline for applications is December 1, 2015 or until positions are filled.  Early applications are encouraged.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.  Applications from minority individuals are strongly encouraged.  

Please submit a letter of application outlining teaching and research/scholarship skills and experience, as well as a current CV, sample publications/writings, teaching evaluations, and three letters of reference to:

Search Committee/Dean’s Office
Boston University School of Social Work
264 Bay State Road
Boston, MA  02215
deanssw@bu.edu

Tenure Track Faculty Opening for Fall 2016

August 26th, 2015 in Faculty, SSW News Releases

The Boston University School of Social Work invites applications for an open tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level.  Candidates with teaching skills and research/scholarly expertise in the following areas are encouraged to apply:

Family and community violence
Social justice and inequities
Behavioral health
Aging from a clinical perspective

Located in an unusually rich academic and international community, Boston offers excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration with universities, community organizations, health and mental health settings. The School is distinguished by its vision to advance a just society that promotes the health and empowerment of all oppressed groups, and by its mission to develop dynamic and diverse social work practitioners, leaders, and scholars in a multicultural environment.  Special areas of expertise within the school include community organizing, planning and management, health and mental health, aging, children and youth, trauma and families, substance abuse, and public health social work.  The School of Social Work and Boston University foster an interdisciplinary collegial environment and seek to attract and retain a culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber who are skilled in teaching, research, application and integration of knowledge.

Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent and show evidence of strong teaching and research skills and a beginning record of publication appropriate for this position.

The deadline for applications is December 1, 2015 or until position is filled.  Early applications are encouraged.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.  Applications from minority individuals are strongly encouraged.

Please submit a letter of application outlining teaching and research/scholarship skills and experience, as well as a current CV, sample publications/writings, teaching evaluations, and three letters of reference to:

Search Committee/Dean’s Office
Boston University School of Social Work
264 Bay State Road
Boston, MA  02215
swsearch@bu.edu

Five SSW Students Receive BU Women’s Council Scholarships

May 11th, 2015 in SSW News Releases, Students

Congrats to all of the 2015 Boston University Women’s Council Scholarship recipients, including five of our very own:

Celeste Brown
Brittany McLaren
Jelisa Adair
Christine Brienza
Kimberly Doherty

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Awards and scholarships were presented on April 21 and aim to “give students more time to devote to their studies while they are here, and more time to dedicate to achieving their goals once they leave.”

Professor Janice Furlong to Receive 2015 Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching

May 11th, 2015 in Faculty, SSW News Releases

Pfurlong1rofessor Janice Furlong will receive this year’s esteemed Boston University Metcalf Cup and Prize for Excellence in Teaching. The award is the highest teaching honor recognized at the University.

Professor Furlong will receive the award during University Commencement on Sunday, May 17. Commencement takes place at Nickerson Field and begins at 1 PM.

“Within BUSSW we have long known the high quality of Janice’s work,” Dean Gail Steketee said. “She has won SSW’s teaching award three times, she has consistently received stellar course evaluations across many courses and over several years, she has led a seminar to doctoral students who are learning the craft of teaching, and she has been sought out by many faculty for consultation on teaching challenges.  I am so pleased the University has now also recognized Janice’s contributions to teaching.”

Dean Steketee Elected President of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

May 11th, 2015 in Faculty, SSW News Releases

BUSSW’s Dean Steketee was recently elected president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). She is one of the first social workers to take on a leadership role with ABCT and BUSSW is proud!

Dean Steketee has been a member of ABCT for 35 years. During that time, she has presented annually at conferences – poster sessions, symposia, panels, workshops, master clinician seminars, and institutes, served as Program Chair for the 25th anniversary conference and as an Awards Committee member for several years.

To learn more about ABCT, click here.

Get to know BUSSW’s Off-Campus Program Advisors

April 1st, 2015 in Faculty, Off-Campus Programs, SSW News Releases

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.”

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