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The goal of the faculty development program that formed the basis of this project was to provide more social workers trained in working effectively with the elderly. Demographics indicate that the number of elderly, including frail elderly, will increase, and the need for social workers in this area already exceeds the available supply. Objectives of the program were: (1) develop and test a model for field instruction for Baccalaureate Social Work programs; (2) increase the gerontologic information and techniques for current field instructions; (3) share project outcomes with professional associations; and (4) project evaluation. It was found that only 16 percent of field work sites served clients over 50 and that instructional staff in these sites was limited. Topics that field instructors would have found more useful include updated information about psychological evaluation of the aged, counseling, functional assessment, depression, and dementia among others. Ten objectives for training in gerontological social work were identified and appropriate learning activities were devised. An educational resource manual was designed for undergraduate social work students. Two of the participating institutions chose to upgrade social work curriculum to include more gerontology. One project site also worked to improve local service delivery. An extensive set of appendices include: (1) key activities of the project; (2) project organization and advisory committee meetings; (3) baseline surveys instruments and results; (4) design of model field site; (5) evaluation; (6) dissemination. (KM)

Descriptors: Depression (Psychology), Faculty Development, Frail Elderly, Gerontology, Higher Education, Older Adults, Social Work, Undergraduate Study











Author: Texas Consortium of Geriatric Education Centers, Houston.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=10868&id=ED371254







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