Boston University School of Social Work Students Participate in Innovative Boston

GEM Consortium

(Boston) – As the number of older adults is expected to triple in the coming decades, new workforce opportunities have emerged for social workers who specialize in aging. As the baby boom generation ages and life expectancy grows, demand for social workers continues to increase. Yet a 2004 national survey by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) states that only four percent of social workers currently specialize in aging. In addition, nearly 30 percent of licensed social workers are over 55 and poised to retire in the next decade.

Five Hearth Staff Receive Free Training from the Institute of Geriatric Social Work at Boston University

By Sara Tribe

The Institute of Geriatric Social Work (IGSW) is providing their on-line Certificate in Aging to five Hearth staff members in 2007, as part of Boston University’s collaboration with Hearth through the Boston GEM Consortium. The certificate program consists of seven online courses that focus on important issues related to working with older adults. Participants will also earn 27 hours of CEU training. Staff members representing each of Hearth’s six sites are enrolled in this program.

Boston University School of Social Work Boston GEM Consortium Model


This workshop will present information on the development and sustainability of the Boston University School of Social Work’s (BUSSW) Boston Geriatric Education Model (GEM) Consortium program. Established five years ago, the Boston GEM Consortium is now a successful and established practicum training model based on a collaborative partnership between BUSSW and six health and social service organizations in a single, low-income neighborhood of Boston . A key feature of GEM is that the program has targeted a single, diverse, low-income area of Boston and that participating Consortium agencies often share clients and resources.