Robin P. Bonifas
SOC W 566
Focus on a variety of specialized social work practice roles in such health and mental health fields as addiction and grief and loss. Emphasis is given to advanced skills and knowledge for specialized expertise. Offered: WSp.
Social Work Practice in Long-term Care Across the Life Span
Long-term care refers to the broad range of services required by persons with disability to accomplish daily activities, regardless of whether these services are provided at home, in the community, or in an institutional setting. Older people comprise the largest segment of the long-term care population, but younger people have long-term care needs as well. This course utilizes a multigenerational framework to introduce students to the values, skills and knowledge necessary for social work practice in long-term care settings across all age groups, from children to older adults. The course meets within a nearby continuing care community rather than in a traditional classroom and provides students with regular opportunities to connect with persons requiring long-term care, their families, and the staff assisting with their care. Course content focuses on the social work assessment and intervention models effective in working with persons requiring long-term care and their families, the unique needs of an increasingly diverse long-term care population, the role expectations of the social worker as an interdisciplinary team member in long-term care, and the bureaucratic systems impacting persons requiring long-term care, their families, and formal caregivers.
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