Clinical Practice with Older Adults

There is a current and increasing need for practitioners in the human services field who are adept at understanding and managing the complex health, economic, and social needs of older adults. Taught by an interdisciplinary faculty with expertise in the field of aging, the Clinical Practice with Older Adults program is designed for professionals who are interested in moving into work with older adults, or are new to the field of aging and want to build upon and expand their knowledge of and skills in working with older adults and their families.

The program will take place online in a live and interactive format. 

Class size is limited and courses combine didactic material, case studies, videos, and group discussions. The program emphasizes participation with a cohort of colleagues to expand perspectives on ways to apply knowledge and create a network of peers for continued learning.


Key Concepts in Practice with Older Adults
Bio-medical Considerations
Intersectionality in Late Life
Understanding Health Insurance Systems for Older Adults
Understanding Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults
Ethical, Legal, and Practice Issues Near End-of-Life
How to Support and Recognize those Living with Dementia
Mental Health Issues
Working with Caregiving Families
Values, Spirituality, and Wisdom

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Master's degree in social work, counseling, or related field required; advance degrees welcome.

Please Note: This program is most appropriate for professionals who are new in their work with older adults. Professionals with moderate to advanced knowledge of aging concepts and resources typically find the program validates their skills.


Participants who complete the program receive 30 CEUs, including:

  • 3 hours of Cultural Competence 
  • 3 hours of Ethics 
  • One-hour (minimum) of a training on the diagnosis, treatment, and care of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias

For questions about the program, please contact Maureen Stimming, Director of the Professional Development Program,  

The Professional Development Program at the Crown Family School is a State of Illinois licensed provider of continuing education for social workers, clinical psychologists, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists. License numbers: 159.000140, 168.000115, and 268.000004.

It is recommended that professionals review rules for their licensing board prior to applying to ensure that the content meets their renewal requirements; and if outside the state of Illinois, that there is reciprocity with your state licensing board.

Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in the program should contact the Professional Development Program office at least two weeks in advance of the initial class for assistance.