Clinical Gerontology Practice

Will I get in? Minimum admission requirements

  1. Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from an accredited/recognized institution with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a four-point scale. The degree must be awarded prior to the start of the program. We cannot accept a letter of completion as a replacement for degree award.
  2. The equivalent of two years of full-time paid work or a minimum of 3,000 hours of paid and/or volunteer work in the human services field.
  3. English Language Proficiency.

 
Offers of admission are valid for the term to which you apply.


Clinical Gerontology

Designed for social workers who are interested in pursuing clinical gerontology practice or are currently working with diverse older adults in clinical contexts (e.g., long-term care facilities, social service agencies, community outreach).

You'll explore social policy, legal and ethical issues, research, diagnostic tools and interventions, and theories related to practice with older populations.

Courses


Promoting Health and Wellness in Later Life

Explore theory, research, practice and policy relevant to understanding cognitive, mental, and physical health and promoting wellness in later life. We'll critically analyze theories, legislation, policies, and ethical issues.

Explore assessment tools, resources and support, and other interventions. Using practice-based activities, we'll apply these learnings to diverse populations across various settings.

Aging in Place

Explore theory, research, practice and policy relevant to understanding the role of ‘place’ in providing care to older adults. We'll critically analyze theory, legislation, policies, and ethical issues.

Explore place-based assessments and interventions. Using practice-based activities, we'll apply these learnings to diverse older adult populations residing in housing contexts across the continuum of care.

Fostering Inclusion of Older Adults

Explore theory, research, practice and policy relevant to understanding strengths and challenges related to inclusion and exclusion of older adults. We'll critically analyze theories, legislation, policies, and ethical issues through cultural, political, and social perspectives.

Learn the factors that impact isolation, loneliness, and exclusion, and strengthen engagement, social support/networks, and inclusion.

Using practice-based activities, we'll apply these learnings to diverse populations across various settings to support strategies of resistance and resilience.

Supporting Transitions in Later Life

Explore theory, research, practice and policy relevant to understanding significant life transitions during older adulthood. We'll critically analyze theories, legislation, policies, and ethical issues.

Explore assessment tools, resources and support, and other interventions designed for older adults and their caregivers as they navigate transitions in later life. Using practice-based activities, we'll apply these learnings to diverse populations across various settings to support transitions in later life.

Residencies

An important part of your graduate certificate experience are the skill-building residencies, where you apply the knowledge and theory you've learned. For convenience, we offer certificates at a number of our Alberta campuses. Check your dates below. 

Calgary Residency Dates

  • September 24 - 26, 2021
  • November 19 - 21, 2021
  • February 4 - 6, 2022
  • March 18 - 20, 2022

Fridays: 6 - 9 pm | Saturdays and Sundays: 9 am - 4 pm

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