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For the second year in a row, BU’s health and medical education programs have been named among the top 100 worldwide in the 2013–2014 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, conducted by Thomson Reuters. The influential survey ranked BU 22nd for clinical, preclinical, and health programs, an advancement from 29th place last year.
The ranking applies to the School of Medicine, the School of Public Health, the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, and the School of Social Work, according to Thomson Reuters.
The Times Higher Education (formerly part of the Times of London) uses 13 criteria to compile the ratings. The criteria are grouped in five areas—teaching, international outlook, research, research income from industry, and citations of faculty research. The rankings examine research influence by tracking the number of times a university’s published work is cited by scholars globally. This year Thomson Reuters examined more than 50 million citations to 6 million journal articles published over five years in assembling the rankings, according to the Times website.
(via BU Today – see the full article here.)
USA Today : Each Family Dinner Adds Up to Benefits for Adolescents (Featuring Assistant Professor Daniel P. Miller)
Assistant Professor Daniel P. Miller was quoted in a March 25 USA Today article titled, “Each family dinner adds up to benefits for adolescents.” Assistant Professor Miller discussed his recent research on family meals that found “no association” with improved child outcomes. “Family meals might just be part of a whole lot of activities that families engage in that are good for their kids,” Miller says. “It might look like it’s family meals that matter.”
Read the full article here.
Professor Melvin Delgado Authors Book Titled, “Asset Assessments and Community Social Work Practice”
Melvin Delgado, PhD, professor and chair of Macro Practice at Boston University School of Social Work (BUSSW), recently authored the book, Asset Assessments and Community Social Work Practice, along with Denise Humm-Delgado, PhD, associate professor, Simmons College School of Social Work. In the book, Professor Delgado explores the role of assessment as a foundation in health and social services, particularly toward social intervention.
The 288-page book Asset Assessments and Community Social Work Practice was released in December 2012 by publisher Oxford University Press and is available on Amazon. Oxford University Press issued the following description for the publication:
The role and importance of assessment in development of health and social services are well accepted in the field, and represent the fundamental building blocks for the creation of any form of social intervention. Need assessments are, without question, the most common form of assessment in these fields. They typically, however, result in a rather narrow view of a community that stresses disease risk profiles and lists of various social problem categories. Nevertheless, unlike needs assessments, asset assessments bring a range of factors and considerations to the creation of an intervention that are guided by participatory democratic principles and processes. Although need assessments can also be guided by participatory principles, they generally are professionally-driven and do not stress capacity enhancement in the process. Asset assessments’ emphasis on participatory democracy sufficiently distance themselves from their needs counterpart through the use of values, language used to communicate, and how research methods get conceptualized and carried out. Community asset assessments can be viewed as a goal; a strategy; a set of guiding principles; a method; and a process. These different perspectives make a consensus definition of a capital difficult to arrive at in both scholarly and practice realms. Consequently, it is best to view asset assessments from an evolutionary point of view in order to appreciate the variety of perspectives, tensions, and potential for achieving positive social change. In essence asset assessments are both an instrument of discovery as well as an intervention to achieve community change.
An important member of the Boston University School of Social Work community, Professor Delgado was awarded the BUSSW Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006 and the Outstanding Contribution to the BSSW Alumni Award in 1996. Professor Delgado is particularly interested in youth development-youth led research and macro-practice, community-capacity enhancement, and non-traditional urban settings. He is also the co-director of the Center for Addiction Research and Services (CARS).
Implications of the National Election on Social Work and Beyond
Featuring Dean Emeritus Hubie Jones, SSW ‘57
Thursday, November 8, 2012
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Boston University George Sherman Union
Terrace Lounge (2nd floor)
775 Commonwealth Ave
Please RSVP to Kathy Lopes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-353-3761.
2.0 Social Work CECs will be awarded at no cost to the BUSSW community. Space is limited, so early
registration is strongly encouraged. There is no charge for this event.
New Name, Expanded Focus, Same Commitment
October 30, 2012. (Boston, Mass.)—The Institute for Geriatric Social Work is changing its name and expanding its focus, the organization recently announced. IGSW will now be known as the Center for Aging and Disability Education and Research at Boston University, dedicated to strengthening the skills of those serving older adults and people with disabilities. The organization will continue its path-breaking education and training programs aimed at preparing the health and social services workforce for a rapidly aging, diverse society.
“This change in our mission–to include disability as well as aging–reflects the growing movement to integrate supports and services for older adults with those for people with disabilities,” said Scott Miyake Geron, the organization’s director and an associate professor in the B.U. School of Social Work. “It is also based on our experience with agencies and practitioners who increasingly serve both groups.”
Since IGSW/the Center was established in 2002 with funding from the Atlantic Philanthropies, it has trained more than 50,000 practitioners in 25 countries and all 50 states, most often through partnerships with state and local agencies.
“IGSW’s unique combination of innovative online educational programs, research on training effectiveness, and workforce redesign made it a national leader,” said Sandy Markwood, chief executive officer of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a). “With current efforts to bring together many separate realms of service to support older adults and people with disabilities, the organization’s new name and expanded focus are a welcome development.”
“The workforce now and for the future requires access to skill-based educational programs in the workplace,” Geron said. “Much of what we have learned since we began has broad application to address the shortage of well-trained professionals that threatens to overwhelm the nation’s capacity to provide basic health and social services to people of all ages and abilities. “
The Center for Aging and Disability Research and Education at Boston University is dedicated to strengthening the workforce for organizations serving older adults and people with disabilities. The Center was established as the Institute for Geriatric Social Work (IGSW) in 2002 with a grant from the Atlantic Philanthropies.
In his latest article, “Community Organizing for Social Justice: Grassroots Groups for Power,” Clinical Professor Lee Staples spoke to the power of grassroots organizations in addressing social justice issues though the use of task-oriented groups within the context of community organizing. From creating access points for present and future generations of indigenous groups to participate in democratic and power processes at the community level, innovating community development projects and addressing issues of immigrant rights and environmental racism, to converging around group identities that advocate for marginalized groups, Staples emphasizes the critical role that grassroots organizations have in enabling social justice in realistic and sustainable ways. The full article can be accessed here.
The Boston University School of Social Work has been ranked 16th among 206 social work graduate programs nationwide, according to the 2012 U.S. News and World Report edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” This places the BU School of Social Work in the top eight percent of all programs. Rankings are based on surveys of experts in the field of social work education. In the previous 2008 report, the BU program was ranked 22 among 168 MSW programs – in the top 13% of all programs.
“We are delighted with this ranking for our master in social work program,” said Dean Gail Steketee. “That peer social work educators rate our program among the nation’s very best indicates the high quality of our faculty and academic programs, our urban mission, and our dedication to graduating excellent social workers with skill and compassion.”
Social work program rankings are based on peer assessment surveys sent to deans and directors, and to other top administrators or faculty at accredited MSW degree programs. Respondents rated the academic quality of programs on a five-point scale: outstanding (5), strong (4), good (3), adequate (2) or marginal (1). Only fully accredited programs in good standing during the survey period are ranked.
“Our program’s quality and desirability is reflected in the large number of applicants and excellent enrollment rates for those we accept,” said Dean Gail Steketee. “Our students have a great experience and our alumni show very high pass rates on the social work licensure exam and are employed in a wide range of exciting jobs.”
To see the 2012 list of rankings, visit http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-health-schools/social-work-rankings
On February 21, just a week after Valentine’s Day, BU Student Health Services hosted a Q&A session on love and relationships. A group of predominantly female students gathered to hear a panel of experts discuss their anonymous, love-related questions. The panel featured two School of Social Work faculty members, Dr. Mark Gianino and Dr. Lisa L. Moore— who were looked upon for their expertise on the LGBTQ and multi-racial populations. Leading the panel discussion was relationship columnist and author of the popular “Love Letters” blog on Boston.com, Meredith Goldstein. BU Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation coordinator, Elizabeth Brennan, moderated the discussion.
According to The Quad, BU’s independent online magazine, the dialogue ranged from more humorous subjects to the more serious. It started with questions like, how to confront your boyfriend about his bad breath, and continued with how to survive a long distance relationship and when to talk about exclusivity. The panelists were very in-tune with the college students, agreeing that open dialogues about healthy relationships are important in a young adult’s life. From experience with her “Love Letters” column, Goldstein said that romantic relationships formed during college help students mature and grow as individuals.
The Love Letters discussion was part of Student Health’s program for healthy relationship-themed events during the month of February. Student Health Services offers a host of resources on relationships, sexual health and other areas. Look out for more forums like this and other wellness events.
- Nina Follman
Alumni and Current Students Educate the Next Generation of Social Workers on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)
On February 6th, social work graduate students from Boston University, Salem State, Boston College, Simmons College and Wheelock gathered to educate the next generation of social workers on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC). The event was hosted and presented by My Life My Choice director and BUSSW alumna, Lisa Goldblatt-Grace (SSW ’96), and Action Team members from each of the schools of social work. The event included Survivor testimony and focused on increasing participants’ knowledge of how to help at-risk youth avoid and/or exit prostitution. Over 120 people from the five schools attended the event.
If you have any interest in joining the My Life My Choice Action Team, please contact Krista Andberg via email at email@example.com. BU School of Social Work Action Team members were first year students Serena Smith-Patten and Keri Barrow.
On January 25th, over 50 people gathered in the School of Social Work to discuss racial justice and social work practice among a panel of social work professionals and alumni. The panel focused on racial justice education and practice, both in the classroom and in the professional world. The panelists included Yi-Chin Chen (MSW ’03) from the Hyde Square Task Force; Abigail Ortiz (MSW ’02) from the Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center; Tyler Hunt from the Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center; Saida Abdi (MSW ’10) from the Children’s Hospital Boston; and Rev. Clyde Grubbs from the Tuckerman Creative Ministries for Justice & Healing.
We thank and applaud Student Org for putting on this influential event for racial justice and encouraging such great community participation and activism.