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Aging Focus Area
The Aging focus area prepares students to work successfully in a variety of settings that tackle the unique and intersecting issues related to health, aging, and disability.
All students in this focus area learn advanced practice skills in brokering, care/case management, assessment, and interdisciplinary teamwork. They develop knowledge and skills around cutting-edge social work topics such as consumer-directed care, consumer-centered assessment, and end-of-life care.
Students also learn about current services and policies related to health, aging, and disability, and critically examine opportunities for policy and program improvements. Students who graduate with this focus area are well-trained to take professional positions in a variety of settings from community-based service programs and organizations, to hospitals and residential facilities, to policy positions at the state and national level. Students may specialize in one or both of these areas by:
- participating in field units devoted to this area of specialization, or social policy (aging placement)
- choosing among specialized advanced practice electives within the focus area (e.g., Aging and Mental Health, Social Work Practice in Health Care, or Social Work and Developmental Disabilities).
Focus Area Chair: Tracy Schroepfer, Ph.D.
Required and Elective Aging Focus Area Courses:
1. Advanced Practice:
2. Policies and Services:
3. Focus Area Relevant Elective Courses:
- SW 644 SW and Developmental Disabilities (fall, spring)
- SW 648 End of Life: Implications and Challenges for Practice (fall)
- SW 825 Grief, Loss, Death and Life (spring)
- SW 854 Crisis Intervention in Social Work (spring)
- SW 869 Influencing Political Systems for Social Change (fall)
- SW 873 SW Practice in Health Care (fall)
- SW 929 SW and Substance Abuse (spring)
4. Macro Practice:
- SW 840 Advanced Macro Practice (fall, spring)
5. Field Unit Options:
Aging Focus Area Faculty