CSWE Gero-Ed Center
National Center for Gerontological Social Work Education
Social workers play critical roles in serving older adults and their families in a wide range of settings, yet they often lack the knowledge and skills for effectively enhancing elders' health and well-being. The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Gero-Ed Center ensures that the workforce demand for geriatric social workers will be met. The Gero-Ed Center promotes aging competencies and expertise at the baccalaureate and master's levels in order to prepare all social work students to work effectively with older adults and their families.
The CSWE Gero-Ed Center, funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation, is "gerontologizing" accredited social work programs throughout the United States by embedding gerontological competencies into the required generalist curriculum and the overall organizational structure of social work programs. The CSWE Gero-Ed Center also works with programs to develop specialized gerontological structures, such as minors, areas of emphasis, certificates, specializations, or concentrations.
The Center achieves these goals through these programs and events:
In addition, the CSWE Gero-Ed Center advocates with national partners for geriatric workforce policies; reviews textbooks for gero content; and assesses gero competencies in accreditation self-study reports. The Center also offers a rich array of resources for teaching and curricular and organizational change. Resources developed just for students are available on the student section of our website.
Drs. Nancy Hooyman, Hooyman Professor in Gerontology at the University of Washington, School of Social Work, and Julia Watkins, CSWE Executive Director are Co-Principal Investigators. For more information on the CSWE Gero-Ed Center, please visit our web site.
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February 13, 2012