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.
The following advanced clinical courses are either required or recommended for students who choose the health and aging clinical specialization.
You must take both of the following courses:
Choose one of the following two courses:
- SWO-462 Advanced Group Work With Diverse, Vulnerable, and Resilient Populations
- SWO-582 Attachment, Neurobiology, and Social Work Practice
Choose one of the following four courses:
- SWO-438 Alcohol, Drugs, and Social Work Practice
- SWO-475 Narrative Approaches to Social Work Practice
- SWO-483 Cognitive Behavioral Approaches and Treatment
- SWO-578 Perspectives on Severe Mental Illness
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