126 Newbury now and then. #tbt to when Boston College School of Social Work's campus was on Newbury Street. Can you imagine leaving class and strolling along the shops to the Common? . . . . . #bcssw #tbt #msw #socialwork #gradschool #bostoncollegehistory #newburystreet #campus
Everyone at #BCSSW knows Professor Jessica Black for her work integrating neuroscience and social work but do you know what inspired that work? Find out in this week's #facultyfriday interview: BCSSW: What made you want to integrate social work and neuroscience? JB: Well, the biological piece was already there but the content was new. I started trying to expand the biological while integrating the psycho-social by combining neuroscience with psychiatry. I found the medical model of psychiatry to be so problem focused though, and at the time, a lot of my mentors were social workers and they were so strengths focused. I started studying the social work field and I found the strengths focused model to fit so well with neuroscience. The brain already compensates pretty well to challenges and the social work model supports that. Plus, neuroscience was already integrated into other social science fields pretty well but less so in social work. BCSSW: What do you do for fun? How do you practice self-care? JB: Ooh, good question! I love spending time with my kids. My son, Bouer, is 5 and my daughter, Kennedy, is 7. I love spending time with them in their context, I volunteer at their school and get to be a part of that. I also love to garden, I like being outside and touching the earth. And it's all about social connections and humor is such a huge part of that. I study humor and I probably spend an inordinate amount of time watching funny videos. BCSSW: What is your funniest teaching moment or story? JB: Oh that's hard, I don't know if I have a funny story per se but there hasn't been a class that I've taught where we haven't laughed or told a joke or enjoyed each other's presence. The circuitry in the brain for humor is the same as the dopamine reward system, which is what makes humor unparalleled to any other experience. It's ironic I used to be the kid who got in trouble for laughing and telling jokes when I was in school! Clearly, it's worth taking one of Jessica Black's classes to learn about her brilliant work in the fields of social work and neuroscience but it also sounds like it would be equally rewarding for the laughs!
#latergram from when every seat in the room was filled at BCSSW's Racial Justice Symposium. Thank you to everyone who came out and made this a brave space for practitioners and scholars of social work to analyze the multiple manifestations of racism and racial oppression. . . . . . #bcssw #msw #socialwork #socialjustice #socialworkersforsocialjustice #racialjustice #bravespace
Yesterday students, faculty, staff, and agency representatives gathered for a training on facilitating courageous conversations in the classroom. The training is designed as way to give BCSSW members the tools and practice they need to have challenging social justice-focused conversations in the classroom. BCSSW plans to roll this training out to incoming students in September, with the feedback given by faculty and students yesterday. . . . . . #bcssw #socialwork #msw #socialjustice #socialworkersforsocialjustice #socialworkvalues #courageousconversations #classroomculture
Often times with #facultyfriday interviews professors have trouble answering the fun questions. Not Professor Ruth McRoy though, she got us lost in the fantasy of her dream vacation home right along with her. Read below to find out where it would be and what else we learned about Professor McRoy. BCSSW: If you could give your grad school self advice from where you are in life now, what would it be? RM: I would tell myself, work as hard as you can, learn as much as you can and there is life after grad school. Prepare for your future, grad school is the foundation for a lot of things. Make as many connections as possible with faculty and students. Get to know faculty and ask about their career trajectories because you might be able to use it as a model for your own! BCSSW: What is one thing you still want to accomplish in your career? RM: I want to reduce the number of kids in the foster care system. The focus of my research is on children in the foster care system. I would like to use more strategies to get more children adopted into permanent homes and to increase family stability. I would like to utilize the research that is there to collaborate with more agencies working in the foster care system. BCSSW: Alright, this is a little bit more fun one, if you were going to build your dream vacation home anywhere in the world, where would it be? RM: I'm thinking about all the countries I love that I have been to, I love the Swiss Alps though. I love to go skiing and just the beauty of the country, also there are so many bikes there. I'm a big biker so I could bike regularly, relax and the people there are very friendly. Obviously, I would bring my husband as well, he loves Switzerland! I think we would like to visit Professor McRoy in her dream vacation home, go skiing, bike riding and pick her brain more on her amazing research with foster care youth. . . . . #bcssw #facultyfriday #msw #socialwork #socialworkadvice #socialworkprofessor #professorwisdom #dreamvacation #advice #lifeadvice
Huge shoutout to the Racial Justice Symposium (RJS) planning committee for doing all the planning and preparation for tomorrow's symposium on Racial Trauma & Healing in Social Work: Research, Policy, & Practice. The event is presented by Social Work Umoja and sponsored by Research in Social, Economic, and Environmental Equity (RISE3) and the Office of the Dean of the Boston College School of Social Work. The RJS is a student-run and organized event that aims to bridge the gap between scholars and practitioners within the field of Social Work. We can't wait to see all the learning, collaboration, and conversations that happen tomorrow. Stay tuned for pictures from the event and check our twitter for live updates! . . . #bcssw #socialwork #msw #socialworkers #racialjustice #racialjusticesymposium #socialworkresearch #socialworkpolicy #socialworkpractice