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Partnerships for Person-Centered and Participant-Directed LTSS Project

Teaching & Field Placement Resources 

More than 100 teaching resources (e.g., case studies, videos, articles) and field placement resources (e.g., student learning contracts, orientation documents, sample interview questions) are available to use in your program. Also, a list of Person-Centered and Participant-Directed Social Work Competencies has been created in relation to eight CSWE Educational Policies. Please browse, download, and feel free to integrate these resources into your class and field curriculum.

Project Overview

The Partnerships for Person-Centered and Participant-Directed Long-Term Services and Supports (Partnerships) Project was funded by the New York Community Trust from July 1, 2013–June 30, 2015. It represented an academic-practice partnership between the CSWE Gero-Ed Center and the National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services (NRCPDS) at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.  

  • The Partnerships Project prepares BSW and MSW students with person-centered (PC) and participant-directed (PD) competencies and evaluates the outcomes of such education.
  • It targets the Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) and social work programs in the Administration for Community Living’s eight Enhanced ADRC Options Counseling states (Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin).
  • In addition, the project works with the Visiting Nurse Services CHOICE Health Plans and the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in New York City. The population size and diversity of New York City elders and persons with disabilities and the lack of an ADRC provide a distinctive opportunity to pilot a program with utility for other states and social work programs in need of PC or PD training and curricular resources for serving diverse populations. Combined, the eight states and New York City give the project the capacity for nationwide impact and sustainability.
  • This project builds on the GeroRich Program’s and Gero-Ed Center’s successful use of the planned change model of curricular and organizational change, which garners key stakeholder support, conducts thorough curriculum assessments to determine courses targeted for infusion, and tests strategies to infuse and sustain new competencies and content in required courses.
  • The project also uses the NRCPDS’s extensive PC/PD training resources and national collaborations with the Aging and Disability Network.

View the project goals and primary activities and the participating social work programs and their partner agencies.