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Boston College Graduate School of Social Work
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Andrea Cohen, MSW '84

Thinking Creatively about Senior Care

Andrea Cohen, MSW ’84, is dedicated to helping seniors age in place. As CEO of HouseWorks she has been a pioneer in private home care.  More about Thinking Creatively... »

Erin Gerber MSW ’09

'It's That Voice'

As a gender-based trainer/counselor in Thailand, Erin Gerber, MSW ’09, helped to empower refugees to find their voice.  More about 'It's That Voice' »

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Older Adults & Families Concentration

The Older Adults & Families Concentration will prepare you to serve the fastest growing segment of the population—adults over age 65—and their families. You will learn to integrate Clinical and Macro practices as you work with your clients and the social policies and programs that affect their lives.

Our courses encompass the broad range of health, mental health, and community services for older adults, specifically those services that help those who "age in place." You will learn the policy and advocacy functions of local, state, and national aging networks and examine ways social policy will need to respond to the growing political influence of this population.

Our graduates provide services along the continuum of care from independent living in the community to the specialized needs of older adults in rehabilitation and health care settings. Area agencies on aging, agencies serving older adults with Alzheimer's Disease and their families, and community health centers are examples of careers our graduates pursue.

The Older Adults & Families concentration offers a select group of students a unique opportunity to participate in the Hartford Partnership Program in Aging Education (HPPAE). This program utilizes enriched field placements, including rotational placements, integrative seminars at community agencies, participation in community service projects, and financial aid to students in the concentration.

HPPAE Application (PDF)

Clinical and Macro Social Work

Required courses include:
SW 823 Practice in Health and Mental Health Settings with Older Adults
SW 802 Policy for an Aging Society: Issues and Options

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