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  1. Field Directors as Leaders: The Social Work Leadership Institute’s Practicum Partnership Program Patricia Volland,MSW, MBA Social Work Leadership Institute, New York Academy of Medicine

  2. Social Work Leadership Institute • Supports healthy aging and independent living for older adults • Recruits and trains new cohorts of elder-serving social workers • Advances aging care through evidence based research and care coordination models • Cultivates leaders in social work • Develops long range policy agenda and advocates for legislative change

  3. SWLI Practicum Partnership Program • The Practicum Partnership Program (PPP) is a competency based educational initiative for MSW programs • Recruits and trains qualified social workers with expertise in aging • Builds on community-university partnerships • Links course work with field instruction • Promotes leadership development

  4. SWLI Practicum Partnership Program • 41 schools in 23 states • Over 500 recruited and trained to date • 140 currently enrolled annually • Community agency participation increases • Plan to fund 25 additional programs • Implement throughout graduate education through leadership development, local partnerships, training and collaboration • Key partners: NADD, NASW, CSWE

  5. PPP Benefits • Clients • Students • Universities • Agencies • Social Work Profession

  6. PPP: Benefits to Clients • Improved Services • Trained social workers • Access to coordinated care

  7. PPP: Benefits to Students • Exposes students to older adults along the continuum of care • Educational experience is strengthened by “targeted” selection of community agencies that parallel the continuum of services available for older adults • Integrates field/class through active collaboration and shared responsibilities • Increases students’ ability to identify learning needs and gaps in learning

  8. PPP Benefits: To Universities • Provides universities with opportunity to expand leadership role in the community • Effective recruitment tool • Provides for collaborative leadership in competency based training • Facilitates integration of current practice in educational curriculum • The curriculum and course content related to geriatrics/gerontology have been expanded.

  9. PPP Benefits: To Agencies • Increased pool of competent social work practitioners • Increases visibility within the universities • Improved collaboration among/between community agencies • Improved services to clients

  10. PPP Benefits: To Social Work Profession • Raises awareness of aging in a positive way • Develops leadership cohort • Focuses national attention on growing field of practice

  11. Leadership Imperatives • Special opportunity for social work to support independent, healthy aging • Intersection of health, social, cultural, economic and challenges facing older adults • Help older adults stay in charge of their lives • Provide community leadership focusing on improving care delivery and systems coordination • Promote social work expertise to navigate complex systems of care • Active participation in interdisciplinary team

  12. Leadership Imperatives • Engage social work expertise in communities and organizations to address demographic shift • Build university and community partnerships • Recruit and train new leaders to create opportunities for innovation • Develop strategies to address critical shortage of elder-serving social workers

  13. Goals of Leadership Development • Engage a grass roots network of deans and directors, field directors and educators, students of social work, and community leaders/agencies • Build collaboration inclusive of diverse points of view • Work together to expand the PPP and make it a self sustaining model for education in graduate schools of social work • Advance the recruitment and training of new generation of social workers who have expertise in aging and are committed to working in this field

  14. Field Directors as Leaders • Field Directors play critical role in ensuring that aging-focused social work students find appropriate placement that enhances expertise and further cultivates interest in field of aging • Field Directors serve as bridge between community students and faculty, and essential role in the building of university-community partnerships on which the PPP is founded