Course Descriptions

A Foundation in Ethics, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

This course we will focus on basic ethical principles including autonomy, which is self-determination beneficence, doing good non-malfeasance, doing no harm justice, fair treatment….More

A Guide to the Aging and Disability Networks

This course is intended to acquaint workers with the variety of services available to older adults and people with disabilities through programs funded and supported by federal and state governments and administered by state and local agencies…..More

Aging in Community

Strengthen your knowledge of aging in place by understanding promotional strategies, implications, ethical considerations, and other related resources about aging in place…. More

Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias

Care managers, social workers, and others who provide services to older people are often the first to notice potential signs of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in a client…. More

Assessment with Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities

Learn about conducting assessments with older adults and people with disabilities who want to live at home or in the community…. More

Care Management Practice

Social service practitioners have traditionally played an important role in care management, the collaborative process of assessment, facilitation, and coordination for provision of care services and supports to older adults and people with disabilities…. More

Care Transitions

Discover the importance of good care transitions for older adults as they move across healthcare systems. Learn about the assessment process, the needs of older adults in transitions, and developing effective interventions in working with older adults across disciplines and care systems…. More

Common Sense Management for Caring Organizations

Because of the challenges involved in working with the direct care labor force, and their increasing importance to our nation’s ability to care for our growing aging population, numerous research studies have evaluated demonstration projects and interventions over the years. Previous research provides a strong evidence-base…. More

Compulsive Hoarding in Older Adults

Is your older client simply an eccentric collector or is she a compulsive hoarder? Find out how to know and what to do about it in this popular course…. More

Core Issues in Aging and Disability

Understand how disability and age can affect functioning and quality of life. Learn about the philosophy of consumer choice, the background of home and community-based services, the ethics of social service work, and the federal laws that affect disability and aging…. More

Driving Transitions with Older Adults

Getting around—driving and not driving—is a major challenge for many older people, with the issue an important concern for their families and communities as well…. More

Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation

In the face of ethical and legal mandates, practitioners must be able to recognize the signs of abuse, neglect, exploitation, or self-abuse that they may encounter among elders in their work, and they must be able to follow up appropriately…. More

End-of-Life Issues

Understand more about the palliative care model and the different stages of dying. Learn about the roles of social service professionals in end-of-life care…. More

Interdisciplinary Care Teams

This course explains how individuals become effective team members. This means understanding the stages that all teams seem to go through whatever their mission is, be it in business…. More

Legal Principles & Decision Making in Practice

This course is designed to address the major legal and ethical issues related to informed consent and decision making that social service and health care professionals…. More

Managing Medications During Care Transitions

This course is about how our current health care system manages the transitioning of people from one health care setting to another and how well it maintains the integrity of their medication regimen….More

Mental Health and Aging Issues

Sixty percent of mental health services that older people receive are provided by social service professionals…. More

Mental Health Training in Options Counseling

Options counselors provide the information and resources for people transitioning from institutional settings to the community, those already living in the community, and families and friends of individual consumers. This course is designed to help options counselors provide information and resources….More

Mental Wellness and Resilience among Older Immigrants and Refugees

By the end of this course, you will have become familiar with the background of immigration in the United States, the changes it has brought to our culture at large, and the challenges….More

Participant Direction in Managed Long-Term Services and Supports

Managed care has become an emerging model of choice for delivering long-term services and supports (LTSS) in a home and community-based (HCBS) setting, replacing the traditional fee-for-service model that’s existed for decades.  This course…. More

Substance Use among Older Adults

Learn to identify signs, symptoms and patterns of substance use and addictive disorders in older adults…. More

Suicide Prevention among Older Adults

Undetected and undertreated depression and the corresponding high rate of suicide among older adults present one of the most urgent problems we face in caring for the aging population…. More

Suicide Prevention among Older Immigrants and Refugee Populations

This course provides information about the prevention of suicide in older adult immigrants and refugees. It discusses data on the prevalence of suicide by age, gender, race, and country of origin….More

Supervision for Effective Practice with Older Adults

Increase your knowledge of different models of supervision in social work practice with older adults. Develop a foundation in the theory and function of supervision and learn supervisory methods most likely to produce good client outcomes…. More

Understanding Consumer Control, Person-Centered Planning, and Self-Direction

This course is designed to help workers understand consumer control, consumer choice, and consumer direction in a real-life context. While the factual information builds additional layers of….More

n4a Volunteer Engagement in the Aging Network

This course teaches staff who work with volunteers how to assess their volunteer program and create a logic model to plan and evaluate the program. Discussion includes staff’s role as leaders…. More

Working with Informal Caregivers

With family members and other unpaid, or “informal,” caregivers providing 85 percent of ongoing primary assistance for older adults in the U.S. today, social service and healthcare providers must be able to work effectively with this essential component of a comprehensive system of care…. More