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Required Courses

SWK 612 Field Practicum/Seminar III: Gerontological Social Work (A)

Provides the year first semester agency-based field instruction and classroom seminar for advanced learning and practice opportunities relevant to gerontological social work. Students complete 280 hours of graduate level field practicum each semester during two concurrent semesters (560 hours) to develop and refine advanced level gerontological social work practice behaviors. The field seminar component of this course provides opportunities for integration of social work course work and field practicum experiences. Seminars feature in-depth analysis of specific gero-social work competency domains of practice as well as the MSW advanced competencies. 4 Cr.

SWK 613 Field Practicum/Seminar IV: Gerontological Social Work (A)

Provides the year second semester agency-based field instruction and classroom seminar for advanced learning and practice opportunities relevant to gerontological social work. Students complete 250 hours of graduate level field practicum each semester during two concurrent semesters (500 hours) to develop and refine advanced level gerontological social work competencies. The field seminar component of this course provides opportunities for integration of social work course work and field practicum experiences. Seminars feature in-depth analysis of specific gero-social work competency domains of practice as well as the MSW advanced competencies. The domains of gerontological social work practice include: ethics, assessment, interventions, aging services, program and policies and service delivery and leadership in the practice area of aging using the nationally recognized Hartford Partnership in Aging Education Model. Seminar faculty members serve as the first and second semester field liaisons for students in the practicum. 5 Cr.

Approved Electives — Two approved 3 credit electives

Course substitutions for elective credit will be assessed upon review of the syllabus and assurance that the major course project will have a gerontological focus.

REL Leisure and Aging

Examines various aspects of aging as they relate to leisure in contemporary society, leisure needs of mature adults, services for the elderly and leisure pursuits in the subculture of aging. 3cr.

PAD 655 Medicare and Medicaid Policy Issues 

Provides a thorough overview of both the Medicare and Medicaid programs: their background and history; eligibility; covered benefits; provider reimbursement methods; program administration; financing; cost and spending patterns; their respective roles and importance in the American health-care system; and how Medicare and Medicaid both affect and are affected by current healthcare reform proposals. 3cr.

Psh 536 Psychology on Aging  Prerequisite — Instructor Permission

This capstone course involves the study of aging from many areas of psychology, all examined from a gerontological perspective, in a writing intensive, low enrollment seminar. Students experience an overview of the psychology of aging, including topics such as research methods in aging; physical changes associated with age, including the psychological impact of physical change; memory changes; retirement; and death and bereavement. 3 Cr.

SWO 576 Aging in America

Examines the older person as an evolving individual; bio-psycho-social elements in the aging process; and major issues related to the older person, the aging process and the society. Compares the needs of the elderly with the service system’s response and discusses methods of intervention specifically needed for the older person. 3 cr.

SWO 577 Perspectives on Aging and the Family 

Provides an in-depth analysis of select issues faced by older adults and their families using a multi-systems perspective and service learning activities. Bridging theory and practice, content utilizes a case study methodology to reflect practice-based situations encountered by health providers, older adults and their families. Topics include family caregiver/care recipient experiences, coping with loss/resiliency, advance directives/end­ of-life decision-making, the impact of substance abuse on aging families, and elder abuse. 3cr. 

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