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Foundations of Social Work Practice in the Field of Aging
A Competency-Based Approach, 2nd edition
Colleen M. Galambos, Roberta R. Greene, Nancy P. Kropf, and Harriet L. Cohen
ISBN: 978-0-87101-524-2. 2018. Item #5242. 296 pages.
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The need for qualified gerontological social workers is at an all-time high. With the aging population projected to dramatically increase over the next few decades, social workers must understand how to effectively aid older clients with a wide range of political, social, cultural, and economic experiences.


Foundations of Social Work Practice in the Field of Aging: A Competency-Based Approach> (2nd edition), written by Colleen M. Galambos, Roberta R. Greene, Nancy P. Kropf, and Harriet L. Cohen, relies on the latest CSWE core competencies to explore micro, mezzo, and macro practice with older adults through an ecological perspective. The authors present multiple assessment tools, demonstrating how to craft service plans and determine client goals.


This book challenges practitioners to confront their own biases and assumptions about aging, providing help-seeking models to help practitioners further develop cultural competence. Ethical dilemmas, professional values, and the UN Principles for Older Persons are discussed. Readers will learn methods and skills for effective individual and group practice with older adults and assessment techniques to evaluate communities and organizations for age friendliness. Several policy analysis models are also presented, encouraging practitioners to combat ageism and address issues through policy advocacy and community organization. The book concludes with an in-depth discussion of case management and how it applies to the aging population.


In each chapter additional resources, exercises, and case studies are included to illustrate the best practices and important concepts associated with each competency. Drawing on the profession’s latest standards and frameworks, this book is a vital tool for gerontology professionals in a wide variety of settings.


About the Authors v
Acknowledgments vii
1 Context and Philosophy of Practice 1
2 Incorporation of Values and Ethics in Practice
with Older Adults 25
3 Diversity, Difference, and Redress 45
4 A Human Rights and Social Justice Approach
to Older Adults 65
5 Theory and Concepts Underpinning Assessment
in Practice 81
6 Engagement and Assessment of Older Adults,
Their Families, and Their Social Supports 103
7 Interventions 121
8 Group Work: Addressing Issues of Later Adulthood 139
9 Shift in Organizational Practice: Meeting the Needs
of an Increasingly Aging Society 163
10 Building Community Capacity 183
11 Policy Practice: Advocating for Older Adults 205
12 Geriatric Case Management: Assembling
a Broad Repertoire of Practice Skills 225
References 243
Index 277
Colleen M. Galambos, PhD, ACSW, LCSW, LCSW-C, FGSA, is the Helen Bader
endowed chair in gerontology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. An
NASW Pioneer, she has over 30 years of experience in quality improvement,
aging in place, gerontological practice, and working to improve health and
long-term care systems of delivery. She has held many local, state, and national
leadership positions, such as with the John A. Hartford Faculty Development
Institute Project and the Council on Social Work Education, and was a member of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organization’s
Professional and Technical Advisory Committee on Long-Term Care. She has
extensive experience developing services and practice models for older adults,
advocating for policies and programs that enhance the well-being of older adults,
and teaching and conducting research. A fellow of the Gerontological Society of
America, she has published extensively, including several books, journal articles,
and book chapters.
Roberta R. Greene, PhD, LCSW, professor emerita, was the Louis and Ann
Wolens Centennial Chair in Gerontology and Social Welfare at the University of
Texas at Austin. She has a wide range of practice experience, including clinical
practice, policy, administrative, and research expertise. She is an NASW Pioneer,
known for her advocacy work on nursing home reform. She was the 2015 recipient of the Knee/Whitman Outstanding Achievement Award, which recognizes
those who have made a significant impact on national health, public policy, or
professional standards. A fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, she
has conducted significant research on resilience among Holocaust survivors. A
prolific author, she has written numerous books, including A Handbook of Human

Behavior in the Social Environment (Aldine Transaction Press, 2017), Social Work
with the Aged and Their Families (Transaction Press, 2016), Caregiving and Care
Sharing: A Life Course Perspective (NASW Press, 2014), and Resiliency Theory: An
Integrated Framework for Practice, Research, and Policy (NASW Press, 2012).
Nancy P. Kropf, PhD, is dean and professor at the Byrdine F. Lewis School of
Nursing and Health Professions, Georgia State University. A former John A.
Hartford Foundation scholar, she has authored and coauthored numerous publications and books, including Evidence-Based Treatment with Older Adults (Oxford
University Press, 2017), Caregiving and Care Sharing: A Life Course Perspective
(NASW Press, 2014), and Competence: Theoretical Frameworks (Transaction Press,
2011). A national authority on caregiving, she served on the National Advisory
Board to the Rosalynn Carter Institute on Caregiving. She is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and served as the association’s treasurer in 2009.
Harriet L. Cohen, PhD, MSW, is associate professor emerita in the Department
of Social Work, Texas Christian University. A former John A. Hartford Foundation scholar, her social work practice experience spans over 35 years in a variety
of nonprofit organizations to build community and organizational capacity to
serve older adults and their families. Her research and publication interests
include forgiveness and older Holocaust survivors, spirituality in midlife, and
older adults and older lesbian and gay men issues.