The Warren Wilson College social work program is one of 75 outstanding social work education programs selected to participate in regional Curriculum Development Institutes through the Council on Social Work Education.
Funding for regional institutes, which afford a unique training opportunity through the council’s National Center for Gerontological Social Work Education, is provided by the John A. Hartford Foundation in New York City. The institutes aim to prepare all social workers with the competencies to improve the care and well-being of older adults and their families, via sustainable social work education program curricular and organizational changes.
Participants in the two-day institutes receive extensive resources related to curricular change and the teaching of gerontological competencies. They also meet with mentors from their region who will provide ongoing consultation and support across the three years of funding.
Alison H. Climo, Ph.D., the social work program director at Warren Wilson College, recently participated in the first Curriculum Development Institute in Washington, D.C. The focus of the first year is on planning the process of change in order to embed geriatric competencies and teaching resources in social work foundation courses and other learning experiences.
In their practice roles, more than 60 percent of social workers interact with older adults and their families. Yet the majority of social workers lack the knowledge, skills, and values for effective practice with our society’s growing population of older adults. The Hartford Foundation has committed more than $26 million nationwide to address this critical workforce need and to improve the health and quality of lives of older adults and their families.