Foundations of Social Work Practice in the Field of Aging

Foundations of Social Work Practice in the Field of Aging

A Competency-Based Approach

By: Roberta R. Greene, PhD, Nancy P. Kropf, PhD, Colleen M. Galambos, Harriet L. Cohen

Publication date: 2018
ISBN: 978-0-87101-525-9
Categories: Practice & Policy

The need for qualified gerontological social workers is at an all-time high. With the aging population projected to dramatically increase over the next few decades, social workers must understand how to effectively aid older clients with a wide range of political, social, cultural, and economic experiences.

This book challenges practitioners to confront their own biases and assumptions about aging, providing help-seeking models to help practitioners further develop cultural competence. Ethical dilemmas, professional values, and the UN Principles for Older Persons are discussed. Readers will learn methods and skills for effective individual and group practice with older adults and assessment techniques to evaluate communities and organizations for age friendliness. Several policy analysis models are also presented, encouraging practitioners to combat ageism and address issues through policy advocacy and community organization. The book concludes with an in-depth discussion of case management and how it applies to the aging population.

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The need for qualified gerontological social workers is at an all-time high. With the aging population projected to dramatically increase over the next few decades, social workers must understand how to effectively aid older clients with a wide range of political, social, cultural, and economic experiences. Foundations of Social Work Practice in the Field of Aging: A Competency-Based Approach (2nd edition), written by Colleen M. Galambos, Roberta R. Greene, Nancy P. Kropf, and Harriet L. Cohen, relies on the latest CSWE core competencies to explore micro, mezzo, and macro practice with older adults through an ecological perspective. The authors present multiple assessment tools, demonstrating how to craft service plans and determine client goals. This book challenges practitioners to confront their own biases and assumptions about aging, providing help-seeking models to help practitioners further develop cultural competence. Ethical dilemmas, professional values, and the UN Principles for Older Persons are discussed. Readers will learn methods and skills for effective individual and group practice with older adults and assessment techniques to evaluate communities and organizations for age friendliness. Several policy analysis models are also presented, encouraging practitioners to combat ageism and address issues through policy advocacy and community organization. The book concludes with an in-depth discussion of case management and how it applies to the aging population. In each chapter additional resources, exercises, and case studies are included to illustrate the best practices and important concepts associated with each competency. Drawing on the profession’s latest standards and frameworks, this book is a vital tool for gerontology professionals in a wide variety of settings.

Pages: 296
Language: English
Publisher: NASW Press
Edition: 2nd
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Roberta R. Greene, PhD

Roberta R. Greene, PhD, was professor and the Louis and Ann Wolens Centennial Chair in Gerontology and Social Welfare at the School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin. She served as a clinical social worker at Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, where she counseled Holocaust survivors and their families. She also resettled refugees who came to the United States from around the world.

Dr. Greene has authored more than 100 publications in the areas of aging, human behavior, and social work. Her books include Social Work Practice: A Risk and Resilience Perspective, Resiliency Theory: An Integrated Framework for Practice, Research, and Policy, Human Behavior Theory and Social Work Practice, and Social Work with the Aged and Their Families.

Nancy P. Kropf, PhD

Nancy P. Kropf, PhD, is associate dean at Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and professor, School of Social Work, Georgia State University. She is a John A. Hartford Geriatric Social Work Scholar and fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. As a practitioner, she was a therapist with families who have members with disabilities, and worked with grandparents who are raising grandchildren.

Dr. Kropf has more than 100 publications in social work and aging, with the majority in the area of older adults in caregiving roles. Her books include Social Work & Restorative Justice: Skills for Dialogue, Peacemaking, and Reconciliation (coedited with Elizabeth Beck and Pamela Blume Leonard), Handbook of Psychosocial Interventions with Older Adults: Evidence-Based Treatment (coedited with Sherry M. Cummings), Competence: Theoretical Frameworks (cowritten with Roberta R. Greene), and Human Behavior Theory: A Diversity Framework (cowritten with Roberta R. Greene).