The Times They Are A-Changing: Self-Directed LTSS and Gerontological Social Work

August 23, 2018

Mark Sciegaj, Professor of Health Policy and Administration at Penn State University, and Kevin Mahoney, Founding Director of the National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services (NRCPDS) will lead a member-only webinar on Thursday, August 23rd on their recent paper, The times they are a-changing: Self-directed long-term services and supports and gerontological social work

The Partnerships for Person-Centered and Participant-Directed Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Project (Partnerships Project) was a three-year effort funded by the New York Community Trust to develop and implement social work curriculum that would better prepare students for the changing practice demands of the aging and disability services network for self-directed LTSS (SD-LTSS).

This webinar will first describe the growth of SD-LTSS and the need for trained social workers on this service delivery model. The webinar will then describe the Partnerships Project that involved schools of social work along and aging and disability network organization partners in nine states. This description will include the major activities of the project including the creation of SD-LTSS competencies for social work education, the infusion of these competencies in beginning and advanced social work classes, and student assessment of their attainment of these competencies. The webinar will then discuss the challenges to institutionalizing such curricular changes within social work programs and the need for a national strategy to train social workers for the demands of SD-LTSS.

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