Course Description

Hours: 12

As the population ages significantly in the next several years, it is crucial that practitioners have a thorough understanding of the aging population and associated clinical issues that may arise. This workshop provides a holistic overview of issues that are relevant in working with older populations, including dementia, capacity determination, caregiving, addiction, mental health, end-of-life care and family dynamics. Additionally, an understanding of resources to support clinical practice will be part of the curriculum. Participants will examine their role in providing support to individuals and families throughout the aging process, including understanding ageism, bias and legal implications of working with older adults. Participants will be able to apply the skills learned in the workshop through the use of vignettes and group discussions. 

Learner Outcomes

Upon completion of the workshop, participants will:

•    Understand a holistic perspective of aging and implications for individuals and families.
•    Be aware of resources to support clinical practice when working with older adults.
•    Understand legal issues related to aging, including an understanding of capacity and the implications for clinical practice.
•    Understand age-related health conditions, including an overview of dementia, and implications for clinical practice.
•    Understand the care partner experience in relation to aging individuals.
•    Understand family dynamics as they relate to aging family members.
•    Understand end-of-life issues, including an overview of Medical Assistance in Dying legislation and implications for clinical practice.


For more information contact the Faculty of Social Work Professional Development office:

Email: fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca
Phone: 548-889-4967

Cancellations and Transfers
Be sure to carefully review our cancellation and transfer information before registering.

Website: wlu.ca/fswpd

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

This workshop is currently not available. The 2024/2025 Faculty of Social Work Professional Development course and workshop dates will be available on July 8, 2024.
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