ERIC Number: EJ725669
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-1
Reference Count: 8
Social Work Leadership and Aging: Meeting the Demographic Imperative
Sisco, Sarah; Volland, Patricia; Gorin, Stephen
Health & Social Work, v30 n4 p344 Nov 2005
In 2003 nine aging and social work organizations--Council on Social Work Education, NASW, the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work, the Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors, the Society for Social Work and Research, Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research, the Action Network for Social Work Education and Research, the Veterans Administration, and the New York Academy of Medicine--joined to establish the National Leadership Coalition (NLC). Their intent was to provide coordinated national leadership to demonstrate the importance and efficacy of social workers who work with older adults. The NLC committed itself to developing a comprehensive strategy to recruit, retain, and sustain professional social workers to meet the aging imperative that is already underway. NLC's members agreed on the importance of a multilevel approach to guarantee the presence of professional social workers committed to aging issues. Four goals were developed to sustain training and education in geriatric social work over the long term: (1) assessing the existing and expected supply and demand of social workers; (2) advancing an explicit rationale for why social work services are cost-effective; (3) exploring the concrete implications for policy and practice of social work's effectiveness; and (4) raising funds to further social work education and training in geriatrics. The NLC then specified five focus areas for additional work: workforce, image, policy, practice research, and education and training.
Descriptors: Caseworkers, Social Work, Leadership, Aging (Individuals), Gerontology, Older Adults, Public Policy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: United States