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. The Crown Family School’s Clinical Practice with Older Adults Program is intended to build capacity, leadership, and quality training in the area of geriatric social work and related professions. 

Taught by an interdisciplinary faculty with expertise in the field of aging, the program is designed for professionals with at least two years of post-master’s experience who want to enhance their understanding of contemporary theory, research, and practice with older adults and their families. Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to integrate these new competencies into their daily practice.

Class size is limited and courses combine didactic material, case studies, videos, and group discussions.


The program begins March 6, 2020 and concludes May 15, 2020. Ten weekly sessions take place on Friday mornings, 9:00am - Noon*, at The University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice. A continental breakfast is provided prior to each class.   
*Please Note: There will be no class on Friday April 10; Class on Friday, April 24 will take place from 1:00-4:00pm

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Applications to the spring 2020 program have closed. 

The application process requires:

  • Completed application form
  • Resume
  • Brief personal statement reflecting your interest in the program

Mail/Email application materials to:

The Professional Development Program
The University of Chicago
Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice
969 E 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637


Master's degree in social work, counseling, or related field required; advance degrees welcome.
A minimum of two years of post-graduate experience required.


Participants who complete the program receive 30 CEUs, including three hours of Cultural Competence and three hours of Ethics to satisfy the CE requirement for Illinois social workers.

The Professional Development Program at 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.


This program is funded in part by the Louise H. Landau Foundation.

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.