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Supervision: The Key to Guiding social workers toward successfully working with the senior population


Supervision is a key component to becoming an a successful independent practitioner. However, there are important aspects of supervision, both group and individual, that are necessary to make sure that your supervisee is prepared to work with the senior population. The challenges can be daunting and working with this population isn't for everyone. It is important to dig deep into the challenges this population presents and the rewards you receive in the most creative manner . This will allow supervision to be most effective. Each participant will learn what is crucial to incorporate during supervision when working with a senior client.

This content is suitable for both beginning and intermediate levels.

Date of original  program: 3.4.2022

Joanna Frankel

Joanna Frankel is a graduate of Towson University with her Bachelors in both Psychology and Gerontology. Following, Joanna obtained her MSW from the University of Maryland School of Social Work with a clinical concentration and a focus in Aging. Since, Joanna has been working in the long-term care setting for over 15 years. Her experience includes directing the social work department in a 205-bed facility, with clients who have a variety of mental health issues, long term care needs, at end of life, on dialysis and who are ventilator dependent.  Additionally, Joanna is passionate about and has expertise in dementia, advance directives/end of life and mental health issues in the elderly. Furthermore, she has spent the last 10 years consulting in several nursing homes, educating social workers on the proper practices of long-term care while providing clinical supervision. Joanna has always educated interdisciplinary teams, patients and families on various topics on aging. When Joanna isn’t working, you can find her playing ball with her husband and 2 boys or at the nearest sushi restaurant.


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