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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

Aging Services & Policy

The Aging Services and Policy concentration prepares social workers to practice across the continuum of services that promote quality of life and independence for older adults and their families. Social workers interested in aging provide clinical care in health, behavioral health, memory care, community and residential settings. Additionally, social workers intervene in social justice issues impacting older adults through educational, management, program development, advocacy and policy work. This concentration emphasizes culturally responsive practice needed for the increasing diversity among older adults locally, nationally and internationally.

Students engage in field education in a variety of settings such as community service agencies and government agencies, home health and hospice agencies, outpatient and inpatient medical care settings, residential facilities across the continuum of care, gero-psychiatry services, and advocacy agencies. Clients are predominately older adults and their families, but may include clients of all ages. These placements can offer opportunities to gain skills in clinical interventions, care management, group work, program and policy development, advocacy, and administration.

Learn about PROGRESS, a scholarship opportunity for students in the Aging Services and Policy concentration. 

Current students can find additional curriculum information on the GSSW Student Resource Portfolio page.