In today’s culture of fast-paced technological and entrepreneurial innovation, nonprofits have much to gain by looking within their own organizations to find new solutions to social problems, according to a new book by Stephanie Berzin, an associate professor and assistant dean of doctoral programs at the School of Social Work. Co-authored with Humberto Camarena, Innovation from Within: Redefining How Nonprofits Solve Problems (Oxford University Press, 2018) offers a practical framework for how leaders in the nonprofit sector can foster innovation and creativity within their organizations.
Associate Professor Susan Tohn and Boston College School of Social Work alumna Suelen Yancor, MSW ’05, offer a two-day training on Solution-Focused Therapy techniques with a focus on Spanish language interventions, a project designed to help practitioners understand some of the unique cultural competencies associated with best serving Latinx populations.
The Grand Challenges in Social Work highlight important societal dilemmas that demand innovation and the creation of new knowledge networks. To lead research, scholarship, teaching, and practice around these challenges, social work scholars must bring together relevant disciplines and professions, social work practice partners, and communities. These knowledge networks leverage the strength of a diversity of fields and draw on the lived experience of communities and populations embedded in the problems of concern to us.
Dispatches from the Field is a recurring feature at Innovate@BCSW designed to showcase the school’s commitment to fostering, through field education, fruitful relationships with organizations both in Boston and around the world that are providing critical services to those living at the margins of society.
Students conducted community-based fieldwork in rural India and visited the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) as the culmination of an independent study on social innovation.
GRIT is a monthly research group/webinar designed to provide a space for investigators to receive constructive feedback from peers on grant proposals while learning about grant writing, research methods, and implementation science from experienced senior investigators.
Dispatches from the Field is a recurring feature at Innovate@BCSW designed to showcase the school’s commitment to fostering, through field education, fruitful relationships with organizations that are providing critical services to those living at the margins of society. Mossman is working at Lahey Health Behavioral Services.
In this Q&A, she discusses her time as a PhD student at Boston College and her research studying social workers in occupied Palestine, and she offers advice for PhD students interested in international opportunities.
The book is co-edited by Boston College School of Social Work Louise McMahon Ahearn Endowed Professor James Lubben and features the perspectives and research findings of eight BCSSW faculty and staff members.
Kumar joined the BCSSW faculty this past September. In this Q&A with Innovate, he discusses his diverse background working across consulting, engineering, and social work; his transdisciplinary approach to research projects; and his expectations for teaching and inquiry at Boston College.