The Southern California Geriatric Social Work Education Consortium (GSWEC) is the nation’s first integrated regional network to improve social work education and field training among older adult services and care. This inter-organizational collaboration currently involves the five Southern California Schools of Social Work at the universities listed below:
As one of nine Centers of Excellence, Partners in Care is a founding partner in this collaboration of universities and agencies facilitating the GSWEC program. During GSWEC’s inception, Partners in Care administered the grant funded by The John A. Hartford Foundation to implement and coordinate the program, strengthen geriatric social work education and increase social workers’ competency in the field of aging.
Although funding from The John A. Hartford Foundation ended in 2003, Partners in Care in collaboration with agencies and universities has continued their commitment to GSWEC by providing comprehensive field instruction for students.
Despite this demand for social workers, only an estimated 3% of current graduate students in social work elect to enter geriatric social work. This is far below the demand and many more are needed.
Partners in Care collaborates with universities and other Centers of Excellence to encourage graduate social work students to enter this emerging, rewarding and high-growth field. By continuing to engage and train talented and motivated students, it is anticipated that this critical need will be addressed.
To learn more, call Etta McCurry, 818.837.3775 ext. 110: Field Training Positions Available for GSWEC Students