The University of St. Thomas

School of Social Work

Gero-Social Work Practice

Gero-Social Work Practice

MSW Gero-Social Work Initiatives

The SCU-UST School of Social Work offers two gero-social work initiatives for MSW students, both described below:

  1. Area of Emphasis in Aging (AEA) Scholars
  2. The Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education (HPPAE) Program

Area of Emphasis in Aging (AEA) Scholars

AEA Scholars come together with faculty, alumni/ae, and community members who specialize in aging, in a two-year program of coursework that includes:

  • Courses, course assignments, and events specific to educating about the aging population
  • Leadership opportunities within their AEA Scholars cohort 
  • Clinical practicum in a setting which provides services to the aging population. 
  • Clinical research paper topic related to aging 
  • Tuition stipend of $1000

*Students apply to become an AEA Scholar AFTER acceptance to the MSW program.  When applications are being accepted, links to the application are found on the tuition and financial aid webpage.


The AEA Scholars program was piloted through a generous grant from the Council on Social Work Education Gero-Ed Center Specialized Gerontology Program, and is sustained through support from the School of Social Work.

                   Left to right: Area of Emphasis in Aging Scholars Kelly Alfini, Carol Ashwood and Anne McDonald.  Photo by Pauline Oo. 

If you are interested in learning more about AEA Scholars, please contact:

Diane Bauer, MSW, LICSW, Clinical Faculty and Coordinator of Aging Services at 651-962-5817 or debauer1@stthomas.edu

______________________________________________________ 

The Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education (HPPAE) Program

The HPPAE program provides an opportunity to explore geriatric social work as part of the foundation year of the MSW curriculum.  Specifically, the program offers:

  • Foundation level field placement in full-time summer block format.
  • Field Rotational Model – placement in three different agencies that serve the aging population.
  • Tuition stipend of $1,000.

Who can apply?
Accepted Regular Standing students interested in gero-social work practice and planning to complete their foundation placement in summer block format.  Advanced Standing students are not eligible.

*Students apply for the HPPAE program AFTER acceptance to the MSW program.  When applications are being accepted, links to the application are found on the tuition and financial aid webpage.

Click here for the HPPAE information document.

If you are interested in learning more about the HPPAE Program, please contact:

Diane Bauer, MSW, LICSW, Clinical Faculty and Coordinator of Aging Services, at 651-962-5817 or debauer1@stthomas.edu

 

Click below to visit CSWE Gero-Ed site:

 

Click below to visit the national HPPAE site:

 

IN THE NEWS: