How the Novel "Days in the Lives of Gerontological Social Workers" Contributes to Social Work Literature
They assist them in applying for needed services and dealing with problems as they arise. They may help seniors fill out various other kinds of paperwork, including advance directives. Gerontological social workers may need to assess clients’ functional capacity. They have some expertise in recognizing the difference between normal and abnormal aging processes and will refer clients to medical professionals when necessary.
This engaging collection will make a welcome supplement to the theory found in traditional textbooks. Organizations, Web sites, additional readings, and a glossary of terms are included to assist you in further exploring these areas of social work practice. Photographs by social worker/photographer Marianne Gontarz York are featured to expand your visual images of real people as they grow older.
The ecological perspective requires a balance between client and provider-driven priorities within a social service delivery system in order to work with older adults and their families. Client-driven priorities focus on building rapport with clients, assessment, and developing and implementing intervention plans, while providerfocused priorities emphasize resource development and management, professional supervision, developing collaborative partnerships, and advocacy. It is impossible to work with older adults effectively if these priorities are not congruent and social workers are not prepared to work within and across systems. The social work profession is a significant service provider for older adults and their families. In 2006, the Center for Workforce Studies at the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) conducted a national survey of 10,000 licensed clinical social workers in the United States. The authors found that 75% of social workers have older adults (55 years and older) in their caseloads (Whitaker, Weismiller, & Clark, 2006).
Germain, C. B. (1991). Human Behavior in the social environment: An ecological view. New York: Columbia University Press.
Whitaker, T., Weismiller, T., & Clark, E. (2006). Assuring the sufficiency of a frontline workforce: A national study of licensed social workers. Special
report: Social work services for older adults. Washington, DC: National Association of Social Workers.
Days in the Lives of Social Workers, edited by Linda May Grobman and Dara Bergel Bourassa. White Hat Communications, Harrisburg, PA, 2007