Health and Aging

Social work practitioners who specialize in this area may focus on practicing in health-related settings and settings devoted to providing services to older adults. This entails understanding inter-professional practice and interventions in larger systems, as well as an understanding of the policy contexts that shape health care delivery and the social work role in interdisciplinary collaboration.

Social workers who specialize in health or aging work in a variety of settings including acute care hospitals, medical specialty clinics, community health clinics, schools, skilled nursing facilities, senior centers, hospice, and integrated health care settings. Additional coursework, such as advanced group work or cognitive behavioral therapy, enables students to learn specific practice approaches commonly used in the aforementioned settings to help clients increase coping skills and reduce stigmas related to chronic illness or being elderly.

This specialization is in development, and a Social Work Practice in Health Care course will be available in early 2016.

To learn more about SocialWork@Simmons clinical specializations, contact an Admissions Counselor at 1-855-523-SSSW (7779).