ERIC Number: ED306899
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
A Geriatric Clinical Training Model for Social Workers/Students Working Together with the Alzheimer Patient and Family Caregiver(s).
Long Island Jewish Medical Center, NY.; American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.; City Univ. of New York, NY. Hunter Coll.
Discussed in this report is a geriatric clinical training model for social workers and students dealing with Alzheimer patients and family caregivers. The project was conceived to develop student interest and competence to work in this specialized area. One goal was to incorporate relevant components in the social work curriculum in both classroom and fieldwork. Another goal was to develop a model for innovative, creative social work practice strategies for Alzheimer patients and their caregivers at the different stages of the disease with individuals, groups, and the community. This multidisciplinary project directly financed and sponsored three social work students each year (totalling nine students over the grant period), and several of them maintained positions in the field following graduation. The project modified and changed many stereotypes and myths about the Alzheimer patient population in the attitudes of those professionals working with them. Some research instruments were developed for testing the change, particularly for student attitudes. Students were able to learn to work collaboratively with interdisciplinary personnel and to gain some understanding of their specific distinctive roles on the team. Other disciplines were able to appreciate and better understand the social work function. The project had a broad effect in communicating some of its results and consequences via presentations at regional and national conferences. (Author/SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: Long Island Jewish Medical Center, NY.; American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.; City Univ. of New York, NY. Hunter Coll.