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Tuesday, September 8

Supervisory Leaders in Aging: A Hartford-NASW Initiative

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is excited to launch the Supervisory Leaders in Aging (SLA) program with generous funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation. Supervisory Leaders in Aging is designed to improve the delivery of health care and social services to older adults by strengthening the supervision of staff providing direct social services to older adults and their families. This innovative professional development program will be implemented as a continuing education (CE) offering providing 30 CE credits in the NASW Illinois Chapter in March 2016.

If you are interested in applying to become a supervisor, click here to add your name to a list to be notified when an online application becomes available (late October). 




WHO is eligible for this program?

Applicants must be MSWs working either as supervisors, or as managers providing supervision, to staff members who provide direct social services to older adults and their families. Both experienced and novice supervisors are encouraged to seek advanced training through SLA.

WHAT can MSW supervisors who enroll in Supervisory Leaders in Aging expect?

Social work supervisors can expect to

  • gain gerontological knowledge and enhance their teaching skills to guide practice with older adults and their families
  • strengthen their leadership skills in supporting interdisciplinary teamwork
  • benefit from continued peer support, practice, research, and policy updates, as well as from numerous opportunities and events made available through the growing chapter and national network of Supervisory Leaders in Aging.

WILL continuing education (CE) credits be awarded?

30 NASW-approved CE credits will be awarded upon completion of the program. SLA participants may be able to apply these CE credits to meet social work continuing education requirements in the state(s) in which they are licensed. Learn more about which state boards accept NASW-approved CE credits.

HOW will the SLA program be offered?

Supervisory Leaders in Aging provides training on 10 essential topics, delivered in 5 full day workshops, scheduled biweekly over a 2½-month period. Workshops bolster knowledge and skills for supervisors to function as

  • teachers, including advanced individual and group supervision
  • leaders, including leadership in interdisciplinary practice, translating research to practice, and measuring outcomes
  • experts on aging, including biopsychosocial gerontological assessment, cultural competence, older adult mental health, and elder mistreatment and self-neglect.

Workshops are led by seasoned educators and leaders in gerontological social work.

Participants will engage and network with peers in the cohort during workshop sessions, thereby creating stronger connections with other leaders in their chapters. SLA graduates will also be part of a network of Supervisory Leaders in Aging around the country.

WHAT is expected from practice settings in which the MSW Supervisory Leaders in Aging are employed?

Employers agree to provide time for Supervisory Leaders in Aging participants to attend 5 full day workshops and to support graduates in their efforts to enhance supervision and staff training. The agencies will also be asked to complete brief pre- and post-training questionnaires.

WHERE and WHEN can social workers participate in SLA?

The first SLA program scheduled for Chicago will be held in March 2016 at the NASW Illinois Chapter office in Chicago, Illinois. 

If you are interested in applying to become a supervisor, click here to add your name to a list to be notified when an online application becomes available (late October). 

Posted on 09/08/15 at 02:28 PM


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