Anita Rosen Panel Creates Ideal Venue for Discussing Older Adults Care

7/13/2009

For Immediate Release
Contact:
Carrie Murdock deGuzman
1.703.519.2057, cmurdock@cswe.org

CSWE Gero-Ed Center will feature the new Anita Rosen Panel for Best Practices in Gerontological Infusion at CSWE’s 2009 Annual Program Meeting to give social workers a diverse and interactive venue to learn strategies for improving the care and well-being of older adults.

ALEXANDRIA, VA, July 13, 2009 – The CSWE Gero-Ed Center will feature the new Anita Rosen Panel for Best Practices in Gerontological Infusion at CSWE’s 2009 Annual Program Meeting to give social workers a diverse and interactive venue to learn strategies for improving the care and well-being of older adults. Funded by aging expert Anita Rosen, this 90-minute session will examine the best curricular practices of three social work programs that faculty and future graduates can apply to their own work. 

Being held November 7 from 3:30 pm–5:00 pm in San Antonio, the panel will represent two BSW programs and one institution with both a BSW and an MSW program that have exemplified leadership by infusing aging content into their curricula. Panelists are University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Nancy Kelley-Gillespie (BSW and MSW), Skidmore College’s Crystal Dea Moore (BSW), and Ball State University’s Greta Yoder Slater (BSW). These faculty members are, respectively, assistant research professor, director, and assistant professor at their institutions. They will choose one student panelist to join them, based on who they deem most qualified out of their institution’s classes.

“This new session format expands the opportunity for dialogue between faculty and students initiated with our previous student awards for outstanding posters,” said Nancy Hooyman, coprincipal investigator of the CSWE Gero-Ed Center and Hooyman Gerontology Professor at the University of Washington, Seattle. “It simultaneously presents the social work profession’s best models for preparing gerontologically competent graduates in a way that inspires innovation in both the field and the classroom.”

To be chosen for the Anita Rosen Panel, BSW and/or MSW social work programs needed to demonstrate that aging content was infused specifically into foundation or generalist social work classes. The social work programs selected will receive a $200 Best Practice Award after participating on the panel for resources to foster a raised consciousness of gerontology. This could include the purchasing of curricular resources, topic-based journal subscriptions, seminars, or other professional development opportunities.

Anita Rosen has more than 14 years of experience teaching at the BSW and MSW levels and developed the first national social work and aging competency study. Rosen has also developed and advocated for the CSWE/Hartford model to infuse gerontology into social work curricula and has been a leader in establishing aging policy.

Funded by the John A. Harford Foundation, the CSWE Gero-Ed Center prepares social work faculty and students to meet the demographic realities of our aging society. In addition to the new Anita Rosen Panel, the CSWE Gero-Ed Center sponsors the Aging and Gerontology Track at the Annual Program Meeting in partnership with the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work. This Track encompasses both peer-reviewed presentations and features presentations organized by the CSWE Gero-Ed Center staff.

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is a nonprofit national association representing more than 3,000 individual members, as well as graduate and undergraduate programs of professional social work education. Founded in 1952, this partnership of educational and professional institutions, social welfare agencies, and private citizens is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in this country.

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new Anita Rosen Panel.