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

Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias

This is a course about Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive disease that causes physical changes in the brain and results in death of brain cells. It is a disease that can take a toll on the lives of affected individuals, as well as their families, friends, and caregivers…. More

Assessment with Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities

Assessment, as discussed in this course, is the process that unfolds as the worker and consumer work together to find solutions to the consumer’s long-term services and support needs…. More

Care Management Practice

This course is designed to provide an overview of care management in social service practice. Care management is a collaborative process of assessing, facilitating, and coordinating the care provided to older adults and people who have disabilities…. More

Care Transitions

This course examines the reasons why many consumers do poorly when they are moved from one care setting to another, and suggests some models of care transitioning that have been shown to work well. The potential for problems when people are moved between care settings is great…. More

Core Issues in Aging and Disability

This two-part course provides information that will help you understand how disability and age can affect a person’s quality of life. Underlying this information is the philosophy that all people are individuals with personal and cultural experiences that impact how they think about themselves and the world they live in. Your work must be sensitive to this philosophy regardless of your particular job title or responsibilities…. 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

Hoarding Disorder in Older Adults

Hoarding Disorder in Older Adults is an introductory course that provides basic information about older adults who have hoarding disorders. The goal of this course is to provide workers with a better understanding of the possible causes of this disorder and how it affects the individual’s behavior and ability to function within their home and community…. More

Interdisciplinary Care Teams

Teamwork brings people with varying knowledge, skills, and values together to achieve a mutually agreed-upon goal. In the case of interdisciplinary care teams, the goal is to provide the best possible care to older adults and people with disabilities. This course explains what makes an effective team member, looks at stages that teams go through, and ways to address team conflict. Throughout the courses there are examples of team problem solving and how teams come up with solutions as they develop care plans…. 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

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

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

SBIRT is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs. Coupled with “motivational interviewing,” in which the clinician partners with the client to make decisions about the client’s care….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

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

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