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Competency Guidelines and Scales


Guidelines & Resources

Achieving Curriculum Coherence: Linking Gero Competencies, Content, and Resources
Social work faculty are encouraged to refer to this compilation of gero competencies linked with content, teaching resources, and assignments as they work to infuse these components into their required syllabi at the generalist level. 

Aligning Your Gero Competency Infusion With the 2008 EPAS Gero Practice Behaviors at the Generalist and Advanced Levels
This document summarizes and simplifies the major points of the Advanced Gero Social Work Practice Guide in a step-by-step, user-friendly fashion.

EPAS and Aging: The Competency Match for 2010
These presentations from a 2009 Faculty Development Institute provide specific examples by gero social work educators of how to use the Advanced Gero Social Work Practice Guide in classroom and field curricula.

NASW Standards for Social Work Practice with Family Caregivers of Older Adults (PDF)
These standards are designed to enhance social work practice with family caregivers of older adults and to help the public understand the role of professional social work in supporting family caregivers.

Competency Scales

Gero-Ed Center Competency Goals
This set of competencies is used to guide curricular infusion of generalist aging knowledge in BSW and MSW coursework at the beginning level of practice.

Geriatric Social Work Competency Scale II With Life-Long Leadership Skills
A pre- and postmeasurement of practice skills as assessed by the student. Mastery of these practice behaviors will vary from BSW to MSW at the generalist and advanced levels and post-MSW lifelong learning.

Geriatric Social Work Competency Scale II: Field Instructor Version
This version allows for the comparison of field supervisor and student ratings of skills. It is designed to be applied at the beginning and end of a field placement, course, or degree program. It may be used for setting learning goals and practicum rotations, and evaluating student achievement.