ERIC Number: EJ1113284
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
A Gerontology Practitioner Continuing Education Certificate Program: Lessons Learned
Englehardt, Jacqueline; Hash, Kristina M.; Mankowski, Mariann; Harper-Dorton, Karen V.; Pilarte, Ann E.
Journal of Teaching in Social Work, v36 n4 p407-420 2016
This article discusses the results of a school of social work survey assessing the geriatric training needs of social workers and other professionals in aging and the need for a gerontology practitioner's continuing education (CE) certificate program. A total of 391 professionals, the majority of whom were social workers, participated in an online needs assessment survey. Of all respondents, the majority (77%) expressed some interest in enrolling in a certificate program within 2 years. Increased knowledge and competence, personal satisfaction and growth, and meeting CE requirements for professional licensure renewal were the major reasons given for interest in enrollment. Cognitive changes, dementia, and end-of-life issues were each selected by almost half of the respondents as areas in which they felt they needed the most training. Legal issues, health care, and social policies and programs were also of interest. In response to survey findings, a 100-clock-hour program was developed to strengthen the skills of persons who work with older adults. The emphasized curricular areas included understanding aging processes and social and economic issues confronting older persons. Related programs, seeking to assess the geriatric training needs of professionals in efforts to develop an appropriate educational program to respond to these needs, can benefit from challenges and lessons learned from this interdisciplinary CE program development.
Descriptors: Educational Gerontology, Professional Continuing Education, Certification, Social Work, Interdisciplinary Approach, Online Surveys, Needs Assessment, Caseworkers, Enrollment, Knowledge Level, Skill Development, Competence, Professional Development, Dementia, Death, Legal Problems, Primary Health Care, Older Adults, Aging (Individuals), Program Development, Student Interests, Labor Turnover
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Identifiers - Location: West Virginia
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