4/28: BUSSW Fall River Community Event & Info Session

Fall River
Heritage State Park, Fall River, Massachusetts (Photo Credit: Sanghwan Kim)
Friday, April 28, 2023
Bristol Community College
Building C
777 Elsbree Street
Fall River, MA
Register here!

BU School of Social Work’s Fall River campus is hosting an in-person community event featuring a free couples therapy workshop led by faculty member Mark Gianino (2 CEs pending) and an information session for prospective students. The event will include a reception with refreshments where attendees can meet and network with members of the larger BUSSW Fall River community, including alumni, faculty, staff, current and prospective students, and field education partners.

Attendees are welcome to stay for all or part of the event, and are encouraged to bring guests, especially those interested in applying to the BUSSW Master of Social Work (MSW) program at the Fall River campus. Free parking is available in front of the building.


4:00pm-6:00pm | Couples therapy workshop (Room C-111)
6:00pm-6:30pm | Reception with refreshments
6:30pm-7:30pm | MSW information session for Prospective Students (Room C-100)

Please see below for session details.



“Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with Couples Affected by Trauma”

Often regarded as “challenging,” clinical practice with couples can be both rewarding and effective when informed by best practices, research and theory. In this workshop, instructor Mark Gianino, PhD, LICSW, a clinical associate professor at BUSSW, will provide an introduction to Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), an empirically supported attachment-based theory developed by Susan Johnson.

Using a strengths perspective and incorporating an anti-oppressive lens, Gianino will present on assessment and basic interventions of EFT and provide opportunities to practice skills from the model.

2 free CE credits (pending) will be available to social workers licensed in Massachusetts. If you would like to receive CE credits, please provide your license number at registration. Paperwork for LMHCs who would like to apply for credit from their licensing board will be provided at the event. Please contact Diane Crowley at crowleyd@bu.edu if you have any questions.

Instructor: Mark Gianino, LICSW, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor Mark Gianino is an expert in couples work with an emphasis on LGBTQIA+ populations and the treatment of trauma and mood disorders. His research interests include gay and lesbian parenthood, transracial adoption, suicide prevention/intervention, and group work. In addition to his work at BUSSW, he has 35 years of experience as a clinician, supervisor, and administrator in outpatient and inpatient mental health settings as well as group and independent private practices.


Individuals interested in the BUSSW Master of Social Work program are invited to cap off the evening with our information session featuring the Fall River campus director, current students, and BUSSW Admissions and Off-Campus Program staff.

If you have any questions about the information session or about applying to the MSW program, please contact the BUSSW Admissions team at busswad@bu.edu.

Fall River Community Event Contact: Diane Casey Crowley, Fall River campus director (crowleyd@bu.edu)