ERIC Number: ED195731
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Employment Issues in Social Work With the Elderly. AoA Occasional Papers in Gerontology. No. 4.
Rones, Philip L.; Wash, Patrick
This report provides information on demand for social workers in the field of aging, supply of persons to fill these jobs, adequacy of their training and skill levels, and barriers to effective use of social service staff. Part 1 identifies types of jobs that social workers hold in the field of aging and range of setting in which they perform these jobs. Part 2 identifies statistical information available for supply/demand analysis, describes the shortcomings of these data, and presents qualitative information on the job market for social workers in aging. Part 3 describes academic programs that train social workers to work with the elderly, including short-term and continuing education. It raises important issues in social work education, such as student financial aid, funding for long- and short-term training, minority participation, and alternatives to social work training. Part 3 concludes with a discussion of regulation and social work practice and implications for the field of aging. Part 4 relates to the future role of social work in this field. It presents two alternative models for future social service systems and examines effects of the implementation of each of these models on employment and training needs in the field of social work with the elderly. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Aging (Individuals), Continuing Education, Employment Opportunities, Federal Regulation, Gerontology, Higher Education, Labor Market, Labor Needs, Labor Supply, Older Adults, Social Services, Social Work, Social Workers, State Standards
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402 (Stock No. 017-062-00117-1, $1.75).
Publication Type: Guides - General; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Administration on Aging (DHEW), Washington, DC. National Clearinghouse on Aging.