Social Work Practice with Older Adults

Experts predict that people age 65 and older will represent nearly 20% of the U.S. population by 2030. Currently, social workers in most settings work with older adults and their families on a regular basis yet may not have specialized training for the unique psychosocial issues facing this population.

SSA’s Social Work Practice with Older Adults Program is designed for professionals with post-graduate experience who want to enhance their knowledge about work with older adults. Courses will provide information on contemporary theories and best practices in work 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 to 20 participants and the program structure emphasizes participation with a cohort of colleagues. This will expand perspectives on ways to apply knowledge. It will also create a network of peers for continued learning.


Applications to the fall 2018 program should be submitted by June 15 as follows:

The application process requires:

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

Apply Online: Click Here


Mail application materials to:

The Professional Development Program
The University of Chicago
School of Social Service Administration
969 E 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637


Master's degree in social work or related field required.
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 SSA 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.


Available PDP discounts can be found Here
Stipends are available. Please indicate your request to be considered for a stipend on the application form.


The program begins in September 2018 and concludes in November 2018. Ten weekly sessions take place on Wednesday evenings, 6:00-9:00pm, at The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. A light dinner is provided prior to each class.   

Specific dates are listed with course descriptions HERE

This program is funded in part by the Elizabeth Roe Milius Social Service Fund to Benefit Vulnerable Youth and Seniors of the Michael Reese Health Trust and the Louise H. Landau Foundation.