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Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging$
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Barbara Berkman and Sarah D'Ambruoso

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195173727

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173727.001.0001

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Credentialing Opportunities for Social Workers in Aging

Credentialing Opportunities for Social Workers in Aging

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(p.1065) 100 Credentialing Opportunities for Social Workers in Aging
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Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging
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Robyn Golden

Monika White

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173727.003.0100

This chapter discusses credentialing for social workers with older adults, with an emphasis on care management, as it is the only possible current credentialing opportunity addressing social work with older adults and their families. Following an overview of credentialing is a discussion of the case management knowledge and skills needed to provide services for a growing number of older persons and their families. Social work with older adults, especially with those who are frail and at risk, has become more complex in recent years because of fragmented health and social welfare policies, programs, and services, problematic legal and financial structures, and shrinking public resources. Given this, effective case management skills are critical.

Keywords:   social work practice, aging, elderly, care management, credentialing

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