The Plymouth State College Social Work Department has received a Geriatric Enrichment in Social Work Education project grant from the John A. Hartford Foundation and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) totaling move than $50,000 over two years.
Professor Cynthia Moniz developed the proposal and will serve as a project consultant. Professor Stephen Gorin will be project director. Recipients of the national award were recognized at the annual CSWE conference in Nashville, Tenn. last month.
The goal of the program is to engage faculty, students advisory boards, field supervisors, practicum representatives and community representatives in planning and development of curricular and program changes. The grant will enable the PSC social work department to develop, support and sustain innovative learning experiences in gerontological social work. Results of the research and development will then be disseminated to social work programs across the nation.
At PSC, the department will plan curricular changes to infuse content on aging – this will include participation in national faculty development institutes and development of a summer faculty and practice community retreat in New Hampshire. The department will also develop a new student award, Social Work with Older People and will encourage participation in the department’s Aging Services degree option.
Moniz says, “Involving undergraduate-level students in gerontology is our biggest challenge. Better infusion and coordination of curricular content should help to increase student interest. The annual student contest and award will be developed to help sustain this interest, and we hope to increase the number of students who elect the Aging Services option in the major.”
For information contact Dr. Cynthia Moniz by telephone at (603)535-2538 or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.