Clinical Practice with 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 with at least two years of post-master’s experience who want to learn about current 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.

Applications for the Spring 2022 program have closed. If you are interested in future offerings of the program, please contact the PDP office


March 4: Overview of Aging Issues
March 11: Bio-medical Considerations
March 18: Intersectionality in Late Life
March 25: Understanding Health Insurance Systems for Older Adults
April 1: Navigating Healthcare and Social Service Systems: Policy, Advocacy and Client Implications
April 8: Ethical, Legal, and Practice Issues Near End-of-Life
April 15: No class
April 22: How to Support and Recognize those Living with Dementia*
April 29: Mental Health Issues
May 6: Working with Caregiving Families
May 13: Values, Spirituality, and Wisdom

In addition, participants will have access to a training on the Adult Protective Services Act, which governs mandated reporting of elder abuse and neglect, and a lecture by Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH, founder of the Foundation for Art & Healing, on the UnLonely Project


The 2022 program will take place via Zoom (live and interactive with a cohort of no more than 25). Ten classes will begin March 4 and conclude on May 13 (there is no class April 15). *Classes are 9:00am-Noon CDT with the exception of April 22: that class will take place 1:00-4:00pm. 


The application process requires:

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

Online applications are preferred. You can also mail or 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 

Application deadline: February 15, 2022


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 to satisfy the CE requirement for social workers and three hours of Ethics to satisfy the CE requirement for social workers and clinical psychologists.

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.


$750 (20% discount for graduates of the Crown Family School)

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.