Janice N. Furlong, MSW, LICSW (Affiliate)

Janice N. Furlong

Clinical Associate Professor, Boston University School of Social Work


I received my B. A. in Psychology from Duke University, NC. and my MSW at Simmons College, MA


I grew up in Delaware, moved to North Carolina for my undergraduate studies, moved again to Boston to start graduate school, and like so many others, fell in love with the city and made Boston my permanent home. I now have thirty-five years of clinical practice experience in hospital, residential, and outpatient settings. I’ve taught at Boston University’s Graduate School of Social work since 1998, and joined the Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine program faculty in 2009. I continue to have an active private psychotherapy practice, treating children, adolescents, families, and adults.

Questions & Answers

Q: Please describe theoretical orientation and your teaching philosophy

A: I have extensive training in psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and family systems theories and practice. I aim to offer both the academic rigor and the practical clinical guidance students need in order to best serve their clients. I strive to present material in ways that will reach students with varied learning styles, and to offer each student detailed feedback about their progress over the semester. Learning from mistakes, maintaining a sense of humor, and modeling empathy are also important to me.

Q: What do you enjoy most about teaching in the MHCBM Program?

A: I love the energy, curiosity, and intelligence the MHCBM students bring to my classroom. I love the intellectual stimulation and personal growth experienced by students and professors alike as we learn together.



  • Massachusetts Chapter Membership

Select Recent Presentations

  • Advisory Board Member, Center for Social Innovation, Newton, MA., 2008-present Consultant, The Institute on Homelessness and Trauma, Newton, MA., 2007
  • Chair, Nominating Committee, National Association of Social Workers, Massachusetts chapter, 2008-1010.
  • DSM 5: Pros and Cons of Proposed Changes. Full day workshop, Professional Education Programs, Boston University School of Social Work, Boston, MA., 2011.
  • Narrative Therapy in Action. Lecture for Fitchburg State College Counseling Center, Fitchburg, MA., 2011.
  • Motivational Interviewing. Workshop for clinical staff at Advocates, Inc., Framingham, MA. 2010.,
  • “Take my advice, I’m not using it:” Personal and systemic risk factors for vicarious traumatization. Paper presented at NASW Symposium, Boston, MA., 2010.
  • Vicarious Traumatization: The Cost of Empathy. Grand Rounds presentation at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA., 2009.
  • Keeping Secrets: Impact on Couples Therapy. Paper presented at Harvard Medical School/ Cambridge Health Alliance conference on Treating Couples, 2008.
  • Understanding Problems in Field Education: You, Me, Us, Them Lecture for faculty advisors, Boston University School of Social Work, 2008.
  • The “Difficult” Supervisee. Paper presented at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance conference on Supervision, 2007.
  • Challenges in Clinical Supervision. Grand Rounds presentation at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Boston, MA., 2007


  • Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine program: GMS MH 705 Psychopathology, and GMS MH 902 Clinical Practicum.
  • Graduate School of Social Work: Brief Treatment; Clinical Practice with Individuals;     Clinical Assessment and Intervention: Adult Psychopathology; Family Therapy.

Teaching Awards

  • May 2009: Teaching Excellence Award, Boston University School of Social Work
  • May 2007: Teaching Excellence Award, Boston University School of Social Work