The profession of social work, along with other health-related disciplines, is struggling to provide competently prepared professionals to meet the complex health care needs of older adults and their families. In order to address this shortage, the Center provides training for social work faculty, students, and practicing professionals with a focus on gerontological competencies required for effective and culturally competent client –centered interventions.
Established in 2005 with funding from the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center, the Center for Excellence in Gerontologic Social Work at SUNY Brockport builds upon a preexisting model of faculty and student education through training, curricular enrichment, and outreach to social work providers and faculty in the surrounding region. The Center provides a variety of geriatric trainings to faculty, students, and practitioners each year. These geriatric-specific trainings include curriculum development institutes for faculty, community workshops/conferences for students and practicing professionals.
Located in Room 220 at the SUNY Brockport MetroCenter, the Center works with a variety of academic, professional, and community-based organizations to provide gerontological social work education and acts as a resource to facilitate aging-related initiatives and research opportunities. Leadership is provided by Co-Directors Jason Dauenhauer, Ph.D., MSW and Debra Fromm Faria, ACSW, LCSW, faculty members in the Department of Social Work and by Virginia David, LMSW, Project Associate, Professor and Chair of the Department of Social Work at Nazareth College. For more information about upcoming educational events, please contact either Co-Director: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Provides an overview of a new advanced gerontological social work elective
This section describes grant-funded activities facilitated by the Center's Co-directors
This section describes previous projects facilitated by the Co-directors in partnership with local service providers
Provides references of recent scholarly publications and presentations by the Co-directors
Social Work 477/577, a social work elective, is designed to provide students from social work and other health-related backgrounds with an understanding of select issues faced by older adults and their families . By incorporating a service-learning project, the course utilizes a systems theory perspective to provide insight into how individuals and families adapt to aging-related changes and how their experiences are impacted on a micro (individual), mezzo (community), and macro (policy) level. The student learning experience will be enhanced as they collaborate with older adults on a service learning project. Topics to be examined include: family caregiver/care recipient experiences, loss/resiliency, advance directives/end-of-life decision-making, the impact of substance abuse, and elder abuse. Content bridges theory and practice utilizing a case study methodology to reflect practice-based situations encountered by practitioners, older adults and their families. Given the need to prepare professionals to provide culturally competent services, the course emphasizes the impact of diversity throughout all topical areas. Offered every spring semester.
1) Meaningful Engagement and Healthy Aging: Opportunities & Challenges: Preliminary Conference Agenda
2) Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center of Upstate New York
Background: Collaboration with University of Rochester to enhance geriatric edcuation infrastructure for social work students.
Expand a standardized client simulation pilot program to advance MSW students’ assessment and interviewing skills.
Develop and implement a graduate gerontological social work certificate program.
Enhance clinical social work and teaching functions in the Geriatric Consultation and Assessment Clinic
Develop and disseminate online geriatric social work podcasts as training modules for professionals, students, and faculty.
Develop a service learning elective course designed to train interprofessional students to deliver an evidence-based fall prevention program for older adults.
1) SUNY Brockport Social Work Hartford Partnership Program in Aging Education (HPPAE)
Application Materials for GRCMSW students interested in HPPAE
2) Foundation for Long Term Care Learn and Serve Higher Education Project
3) Teaching Nursing Home Beta-Test Site
4) Updating NASW Policy on Older Adult Services
5) Elder abuse training for law enforcement
6) Domestic Violence Service Utilization in New York State for Older Adult Women Aged 60+
Fromm Faria, D., Dauenhauer, J.A., & Steitz, D. (2010). Fostering social work gero competencies: Qualitative analysis of an intergenerational service learning course. Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, 31(1), 92-113.
Dauenhauer, J., Steitz, D., Aponte, C., & Fromm Faria, D. (2010). Perspectives on older adults and the aging family: Evaluation of a gerocompetency-based intergenerational service learning course. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 53(4), 319-335.
Katz, P.R., Karuza, J., Intrator, O., Zin, J., Mor, V., Caprio, T., Caprio, A., Dauenhauer, J., & Lima, J. (2009). Medical staff organization in nursing homes: Scale development and validation. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association,10, 498-504.
Faria, D., David, V., Dauenhauer, J., & Dwyer. D. (2007). Using collaboration to maximize outcomes for a John A. Hartford Geriatric Enrichment Project. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 48(3/4), 367-386..
Dauenhauer, J.A., Cattat-Meyer, K, & Mason, A. (2007). Evaluation of Adult Protective Services: Perspectives of Community Professionals. Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect (in press).
Debra Fromm Faria , LCSW, ACSW is Director of Field Education for the GRC MSW Program and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at SUNY Brockport She has broad experience in gerontologic social work as an educator, administrator, practitioner and consultant . Professor Faria was the Principal Investigator for a John A. Hartford Geriatric Enrichment Grant (GeroRich) and is the Principal Investigator for the SUNY Brockport Practicum Partnership Program. She is an appointed faculty mentor for the Council on Social Work Education’s Gero Ed Center and is an invited reviewer for annual Gero Forum at the Council on Social Work Education’s Annual Program Meeting and Planning Chair for the 2004 national meeting of John A. Hartford GeroRich projects directors.
Jason Dauenhauer , Ph.D., MSW is Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at SUNY Brockport and Coordinator of the Aging Studies Interdisciplinary Minor. Prior to his arrival at SUNY Brockport, Dr. Dauenhauer was Project Coordinator of the Finger Lakes GEC since 1997 and was consultant for the SUNY Brockport GeroRich Grant. He is the evaluator for the SUNY Brockport Practicum Partnership Program grant and is Principal Investigator for a service-learning and aging grant funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Virginia David , LMSW is Professor and Chair of the department of social work at Nazareth College and has been teaching social work for more than 25 years. She received her M.S.W. from Syracuse University and is the co-author of several federal and state grants ranging from child welfare training to gerontology curriculum integration. Her research interests include ethics and child welfare service delivery. She has practiced as a social worker in health care and most recently led caregivers' groups for the Veterans Administration. She is a former visiting professor at the University of Mauritius, Reduit, Mauritius. Professor David currently serves as the co-chair of NASW-NYS Committee on Inquiry, which oversees ethics complaints for social work in New York State.