Clinical Gerontological Social Work Practice

Author: Robert Youdin
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
ISBN: 0826129897
Format: PDF, ePub
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"This book has a forward-thinking orientation that reflects the reality of aging with older adults throughout the aging life course... Dr. Youdin integrates an advanced clinical social work practice with in-depth knowledge of evidence-based practice as well asd geriatric medicine, psychiatry and gerontology." -- The Lamp Written by an expert in gerontological social work and curriculum development, this book provides a wealth of clinical information for social workers and other health care professionals who counsel older adults. It describes a strengths-based, empowerment approach to treatment that integrates theory, technique, advocacy, and social policy, and encompasses the tenets of human rights. The book's content has been tested in the classroom setting for a three-year period with advanced social work undergraduate and graduate students. The book examines various theories of aging including a contrast between the strengths-based person-in-environment theory and the pathologically based medical model of psychological problems. It advocates truly engaging with the older client during the assessment phase, and discusses a variety of intervention modalities. The psychological construct of stigma regarding aging is examined, along with the major psychopathological problems common to older adults. The book also considers Alzheimer's disease and dementia, medical problems of older adults and co-occurring psychological problems, substance abuse, older adult sexuality, elder abuse, and the vulnerabilities of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender older adults. Additionally, the book addresses mental health issues pertaining to residential settings and the aspects of death and dying that give older people concern. Extensive case studies, learning objectives, and discussion questions are featured in each chapter. The book also includes an instructor packet, PowerPoint slides, and an interactive PDF. Key Features: Provides a wealth of classroom-tested clinical information Espouses a strengths-based approach to treatment that integrates theory, technique, advocacy, and social justice Consistent with social work mandates for a human rights focus Presents extensive case studies, learning objectives, and discussion questions in each chapter Includes an instructors packet, PowerPoint slides, and interactive PDF

Geriatric Social Work Education

Author: M. Joanna Mellor
Publisher: Haworth Press
ISBN: 9780789000538
Format: PDF, Docs
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This much-needed book examines and discusses geriatric education, emphasizing the urgent need to prepare social workers for helping the growing population of elderly clients. It pulls together various issues, concerns, and emerging program developments in gerontological social work education and looks for an approach that integrates knowledge from a variety of disciplines. Geriatric Social Work Education expands the awareness of social work educators, in both academic and practice settings, of the great need for increased geriatric knowledge by all social workers at all levels of expertise. Through discussions of curricula issues and actual curriculum content ideas, this book encourages social work faculty to develop their own knowledge of the field and serves as a foundation upon which educators and fieldwork instructors can build courses that incorporate more aging content. Full of practical guidelines and assistance, Geriatric Social Work Education helps readers strengthen the quantity and quality of geriatric education in social work schools and continuing education offerings. This book does not attempt to be all-encompassing but focuses mainly on the frail and old old (persons over eighty-five years) who require a greater degree of assistance than younger, healthier elderly. Geriatric Social Work Education is divided into three sections. Issues and Trends focuses on education for social work in various settings. Curriculum Development, includes chapters on curricula for clinical practice, case management, and nursing home care. Finally, chapters in Interdisciplinary Geriatric Education describe an interdisciplinary faculty development program and examine the challenges and advantages of this approach. This vital book is a useful supplementary text for courses on the life cycle or work with the aging, as well as an extremely practical guide for educators. Practitioners will also find the information on current practice issues immediately applicable in their daily work.

Gerontological Social Work in Small Towns and Rural Communities

Author: Lenard W Kaye
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136403086
Format: PDF
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Learn the skills you need to work with geriatric populations in rural areas! Gerontological Social Work in Rural Towns and Communities provides a range of intervention and community skills aimed precisely at the needs of rural elders. This book fills a gap in the literature by focusing on the specific practice concerns for social workers assisting older adults in rural areas, including the aging experience, social worker skills, professional functions, working with special populations, and health and long-term care concerns. This valuable resource will benefit social workers, gerontologists, allied health professionals in rural areas, health and human services administrators and managers. Gerontological Social Work in Rural Towns and Communities explores the challenges social workers need to overcome when working with the elder community in rural areas. This book’s significance to social workers will only increase as more adults choose to live and grow old away from the cities. Experts in the field suggest strategies to overcome barriers in planning and providing services such as: a longer distance for the elderly to travel to use social service centers a narrower range of available services in the local area increased poverty levels for the elderly a stronger dependency by elderly on family rather than public assistance This book is divided into five sections: Rurality and Aging—introduces the concept of rurality and examines the demographics of aging from a rural perspective Practice Dimensions of Social Work with Rural Elders—includes clinical practice models, intervention and advocacy techniques, program planning, and marketing approaches Special Populations—gives attention to four special population groups: indigenous elders, African-American older adults, elderly Latinos, and disabled elders Special Issues Pertaining to Rural Elders—covers five essential issues for rural gerontological social workers: health promotion, older workers and retirement preparation, aging in place, specialized housing, and ethical practice Training and Policy Recommendations—future training and education recommendations for social workers are explored, as well as service capacity building, the aging network, and the future of long-term care While a variety of theoretical perspectives are explored in Gerontological Social Work in Rural Towns and Communities, the book’s empowerment orientation and strengths-based approach will enhance your abilities to improve quality of life for elderly individuals in rural communities. Each chapter contains a comprehensive review of the literature on the subject it addresses, and several chapters include tables and graphs to further establish their revealing empirical findings. An appendix provides additional sources to turn to for more information.

Serving the Elderly

Author: Paul K. H. Kim
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
ISBN: 9780202368818
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Broadly speaking there are two kinds of professional practice skills relevant to the burgeoning field of gerontological human service: clinical modalities and macro strategies. This book identifies seven essential approaches to clinical gerontology, including five of the most important macro skills that all professionals in the field will need to acquire, and it presents each of them in a single collection intended to serve as a basic text and reference work for academic and in-service training. Each contributor to this volume speaks with recognized expertise on his/her preferred subject, while mindful of the larger purpose of the collection as a whole. In a concluding chapter, Dr. Kim draws on his own long and successful experience in obtaining financial support for his programs and provides a wealth of useful information on the preparation of grant proposals and the conduct of other fundraising activities. Serving the Elderly is adaptable to the uses of a wide variety of geriatric health care providers, from students and trainees in social work, clinical psychology, and other care-giving professions to already established practitioners who are branching out in gerontology.

Gerontological Practice for the Twenty first Century

Author: Virginia E. Richardson
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231510713
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Gerontological Practice for the Twenty-first Century meets the need for state-of-the-art information on practice approaches with older patients that are age-specific and empirically based, blend "micro" and "macro" views, and reflect current themes in the aging and social work fields. The book is designed as a text for students and as a professional resource for practitioners. Clearly written, the book offers an expert and comprehensive review of the current literature and focuses on issues relating to the most vulnerable older people. Gerontological Practice for the Twenty-first Century also features case illustrations throughout and brief end-of-chapter questions for review. The book has four parts. Part 1 reviews current and classic theories of aging and proposes an original framework for an integrative approach to practice with older people that incorporates both individual and policy-level interventions. The approach is based on current themes such as a life course perspective, heterogeneity, diversity, and inequality. Part 2 covers such common and important psychological problems among older individuals, as anxiety, depression, suicide, substance abuse, and dementia, and describes appropriate, evidence-based interventions. Part 3 considers the social psychological picture by discussing working with older families, end-of-life care, bereavement, and work and retirement. Part 4 focuses on core sociopolitical issues in the lives of older people: economic policy, poverty, health policy, quality-of-life concerns, and social services. Current, authoritative, and original, this single-volume gerontology resource will be of valuable use to graduate students and practitioners.

Foundations of Social Work Practice in the Field of Aging

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Publisher: N A S W Press
ISBN:
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The aging of societies is a global phenomenon. In the United States alone, the life expectancy for both men and women will continue to increase over the next few decades and with that a population explosion of older adults. The dramatic increase in the number and diversity of older adults elevates the visibility of gerontological matters. As a result, social work practice is becoming more multigenerational, thereby demanding social workers, regardless of their professional endeavors, to be equipped with the most innovative theories and practices to serve older adults and their families. This comprehensive text spans the new knowledge and skills required in direct practice areas, group work, and macro practice. It also outlines the Geriatric Social Work Competencies, as developed by social work educators, necessary to serve the older adult population and suggests how these competencies can be integrated into foundation curriculum. Social work educators, students, practitioners, administrators, and policymakers will find updated, useful information in this text regarding * assessment tools * cultural influences * evidence-based practices * intervention techniques * theoretical examples. "Individuals are living longer and healthier lives in part because of the extraordinary growth of biomedical knowledge and public health initiatives. The confluence of the rapid and large increase of the older population and the exponential increase in the dissemination of knowledge create an imperative for social workers to employ the most recent knowledge in their practice with people living increasingly long lives." -- JoAnn Damron-Rodriguez Department of Social Welfare University of California, Los Angeles

Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging

Author: Barbara Berkman
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0198038739
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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The Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging is the first reference to combine the fields of health care, aging, and social work in a single, authoritative volume. These areas are too often treated as discrete entities, while the reality is that all social workers deal with issues in health and aging on a daily basis, regardless of practice specialization. As the baby boomers age, the impact on practice in health and aging will be dramatic, and social workers need more specialized knowledge about aging, health care, and the resources available to best serve older adults and their families. The volume's 102 original chapters and 13 overviews, written by the most experienced and prominent gerontological health care scholars in the United States and across the world, provide social work practitioners and educators with up-to-date knowledge of evidence-based practice guidelines for effectively assessing and treating older adults and their families; new models for intervention in both community-based practice and institutional care; and knowledge of significant policy and research issues in health and aging. A truly monumental resource, this handbook represents the best research on health and aging available to social workers today.

Social Work and Health Care in an Aging Society

Author: Barbara Berkman, DSW
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780826115430
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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This book presents significant issues related to health, mental health, and well-being of older adults and their caregivers within the context of social work service delivery. It is based on the research of the first 10 Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholars and the work of other scholars engaged in the Hartford Program.