Geriatric Social Work Education Consortium (GSWEC)
Geriatric Social Work Education at GLA
GLA GRECC is one of five centers on excellence in social work training and education through an innovative project funded by the Hartford and Archstone Foundations. The Southern California Geriatric Social Work Education Consortium (GSWEC) is the nation's first major regional consortium to create a comprehensive replicable model for integrated field and academic graduate geriatric social work education. Led by the Partners in Care Foundation, the consortium unites the Southern California Area's for CSWE-accredited graduate social work programs, five premier geriatric social work agencies (Centers of Excellence), and twelve prominent social and medical aging service providers (Associate Sites). You can find more about the GSWEC at the Partners in Care website (www.picf.org)
Urgent Need for Social Workers Trained in Geriatrics
Although there are over 600,000 practicing social workers in the United States, few are specifically trained for geriatric practice. The National Institute on Aging projects a current need for 40,000 - 50,000 geriatric social workers, while less than 10% of that number are currently available.
The Geriatric Social Work Education Consortium provides each student with a practice experience that encompasses the continuum of care. We have graduate interns placed at various programs in Greater LA including:
West Los Angeles Medical Center