Outside Education Opportunities


          Although the field practicum and course work are critical components of training of social workers, there are also other educational opportunities outside of the school and field for students to obtain new skills and knowledge. Starting in September 2002, Albany IAP sets aside 3 days (or 24 hours) out of the field time for the IAP students to attend educational events outside of the school and the field placements (e.g., conferences, workshops, seminars, hearings).

          1. Guidelines

            The 3 days (or 24 hours) of the outside education is part of the field time. Students may spend additional time on outside education upon their field instructor's permission. If the events fall on non-field days (e.g., weekends, Monday, Tuesday), students may take time off to balance the hours. However, students should discuss with their field instructors about when they should take this time off. Students and field instructors should discuss which events the student will attend based on the student's educational goals. The following section lists several opportunities, which may be used when planning to attend events. As new information on events become available, the project staff will notify students through the project's listserv.

            Students need to complete and submit an "Outside Education Attendance Log" form to the Project's office.

          2. Cost Associated with Attendance

            Some events are quite expensive while others are free. Several conferences also waive fees for the students who volunteer at the conference. The project has very limited amount of resources to financially assist students' conference attendance. The following suggestions will minimize students' financial burden.

            1. Attend free conferences/workshops/events (see the next section on each event its costs)
            2. Volunteer at a conference (some conferences waive registration fees if students do volunteer work)
            3. Obtain outside funding sources. For example, there are several places on campus where you can apply to obtain financial support to cover costs associated with conference attendance, including:
                Graduate Student Organization
                Initiative for Women Award Initiatives For Women (IFW) benefits women students, faculty, and staff by providing them the means to advance their educational and professional goals. The IFW General Awards fund a variety of needs such as book money, summer childcare, health insurance, research travel, tuition assistance, speakers' fees, and training and development programs. The award winners usually receive between $300 and $1000. Application is usually due in early Spring (early March). More information is available on their website.

                The following are some examples of outside education opportunities. If you and/or your field instructors find something that may be useful for other students, please email to Linda Mertz, Project Coordinator, or put the information on the project list-serve

                Grand Round Presentation in the Field


                Date: Depends on the field site (Number of hours also depends on the field site)
                Place: Depends on the field site
                Fee: Free
                Some field sites (e.g., VA Medical Center) have grand round presentations. Attendance of such presentations can be counted as outside education.


                Internships in Aging Project 2002 Fall Brown Lunch Series


                Time: Noon - 1 p.m. (each session counted as 1 hour)
                Place: SUNY downtown campus, Rudolph Room, Husted Basement
                Fee: Free
                The Internships in Aging Project has a series of seminars on aging open to the public. IAP students are welcome to attend these seminars. Each seminar is on a different topic that is related to aging.


                September 18, 2002 - "No More Spoiling the Grandkids: Grandparents as Primary Caregivers" Presented by Dr. Phil McCallion, Associate Professor, School of Social Welfare

                October 16, 2002 - "Social Work Practice with Older People of Color" Presented by Robert Miller, Assistant Professor, School of Social Welfare

                October 30, 2002 - Surfing the Agewave: The Future of Social Work in Healthcare" Presented by Joseph Jackson, MSW, President, ElderCare Advisors, Inc.

                November 20, 2002 - "Trauma Survivors as They Age" Presented by Dr. Stephen Price, Attending Psychiatrist, CDPC, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Albany Medical College

                December 11, 2002 - "Barriers to Quality Care for Aging LGBT People" Presented by Arlene Lev, CSWR, CASAC, Project Manager, Rainbow Access Initiative


                Alzheimer's End-of-Life Education Series

                Date & Place: Varies, see below (counted as 1.5 hours)
                Cost: Free (pre-registration requested)

                This education series is sponsored by Alzheimer's Association and the Community Hospice. Each session covers the following topics: stages of Alzheimer's disease, communication issues, community resources, and treatment issues during the end stage of the illness. For pre-registration for each session, call Community Hospice at (518) 285-8150. A brochure is available at the IAP office. The following is a schedule of the series.

                Date: September 24, 2002
                Time: 3:30 - 5 p.m.
                Place: Columbia County Hospice

                Date: September 25, 2002
                Time: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
                Place: Albany County Hospice

                Date: October 1, 2002
                Time: 1:00- 2:30 p.m.
                Place: Amsterdam Hospice

                Date: October 10, 2002
                Time:1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
                Place: Rensselaer County Hospice

                Date: October 30, 2002
                Time: 10:00 - 11:30 p.m.
                Place: Schenectady County Hospice

                Date: November 20, 2002
                Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
                Place: Saratoga County Hospice


                PESI Health Care Seminar: End of Life Issues


                Date: September 26: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (counted as 1 day)
                Place: Albany Marriott, 189 Wolfe Road, Colonie
                Cost: $149, less 50% for students. Bring a course schedule to verify your full-time student status.

                The purpose of this seminar is to define physiological, psychological, emotional, and spiritual death, address our own feelings and beliefs concerning death and how these feelings and beliefs impact this process for those we serve. More information is posted on the project bulletin board.

                The 9th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Adult Abuse: "Beyond Abuse and Neglect: Improving Quality of Life for Vulnerable Adults"


                Date: October 2-3 (counted as 2 days)
                Place: The Desmond (Colonie, NY)
                Cost: TBA

                The New York State Office of Children and Family Services and the New York State Office for the Aging in a joint venture with the Brookdale Center on Aging of Hunter College present the 9th annual Interdisciplinary conference on Adult Abuse to bring together both providers and workers who daily address the social and mental health needs, rights and protection of adults of all ages. This 2-day conference draws attendees from counties throughout New York State. The purpose is to educate and revitalize. Each year the conference is filled to capacity over 550 people are expected to attend this year. The conference web site is http://www.brookdale.org/aac2002.

                State Society of Aging Conference


                Date: October 30-November 1 (counted as 2.5 days)
                Place: The Desmond (Colonie, NY)
                Cost: Scholarships to defray registration costs are available.

                State Society on Aging annual conference brings practitioners, researchers from different disciplines to discuss the latest issues in aging. This is also a wonderful opportunity for students to make presentations on projects they are working on. The conference program will be posted on the project bulletin board when it becomes available.

                Senior Law Day

                Date: November 2, 2002 (counted as 1 day)
                Time: 9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. Place: Albany Law School (Albany, NY)
                Cost: Free
                This one-day conference provides practical information on policy and legal issues in aging, such as Medicare, Medicaid, will, guardianships, and caregiving issues. For more information, please visit the Albany Law School website.

                Alzheimer's' Conference for Caregivers


                Date: November 11, 2002
                Time: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (counted as 1 day)
                Place: Holiday Inn Turf (on Wolfe Road, Colonie)
                Cost: Free (Alzheimer's Association is looking for volunteers)
                This conference is for family caregivers of Alzheimer's disease patients professional care providers. The conference covers a number of issues, including diagnosis, caregiver survival, coping with late stage Alzheimer's, and spirituality. A flyer is available at the IAP office.

                American Society on Aging Conference


                Date: March 13-16, 2003 (counted as 3 days)
                Place: Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Chicago
                Cost: TBA (free if a student volunteers during the conference). Last year's conference charged students $155 (non-members)
                Host: The National council on the Aging and America Society on Aging
                Contact (415) 974-9600, website: www.agingconference.org; email:jc03@asaging This is the 3rd annual conference jointly sponsored by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the American Society on Aging (ASA). Several students attended this conference and found a lot of useful and practical information. Web site for the organization with the conference information is http://www.asaging.org

                Although the following are not conferences or workshops, they are wonderful learning opportunities outside of your class and field.

                NASW Lobby Day


                Date: TBA (usually in the Spring)
                Place: Downtown Albany
                Cost: Free

                Legislature Public Hearings


                Date: Depends on hearing
                Place: Depends on hearing
                Cost: Free
                The New York State Assembly and Senate have a number of public hearings, some of which may be related to issues in aging. The Senate website (www.senate.state.ny.us) has a link (click "schedule" then "public hearing") to a list of upcoming hearings



                Web Seminars

                The American Society of Aging delivers live seminars and stand-alone Web-based training program to organizations and individuals around the world using the multimedia and interactive capabilities of the World Wide Web. The American Society on Aging website: www.asaging.org/webseminars/onlinehome.cfm provides upcoming online learning and free web-based training programs. Please refer to the website for instructions on technical computer requirements to view and hear the seminars. For each series of seminars you must submit separate registration forms. Continuing Education Credits are available. Contact Eric Baum at eric@asaging.org to obtain your CEU certificate.

                The following learning programs are scheduled for the fall of 2002

                Mental Status and Decision-Making Capacity

                Date: Thursday, September 19, 2002
                Time: 10:00 PM (Eastern Time)/7:00 PM (Pacific Time) (75 minutes)
                Assessment of mental status and use of the Mini-Mental Status Examination focuses on the intent and purpose of a mental status screen, what it can and cannot do. Special attention is given to how to implement and standardize a routine mental status screen as part of the assessment process.
                Assessment of decision-making capacity will introduce the idea that decision-making is different from what is normally measured in a mental status screen and requires additional assessment. A method for determining whether clients can still make judgments and decisions will be discussed along with the implications for planning and intervention strategies.
                Registration Fees:
                ASA members and Web Seminar partners: $75.00 per site (one phone/Web connection)
                Nonmembers: $90.00 per site (one phone/Web connection)

                Assessing Functional Capability in the Older Adult


                Thursday, September 26, 2002
                Time:10:00 PM (Eastern Time)/7:00 PM (Pacific Time) (75 minutes)
                This session address the assessment of functional capability in the older adult. Attention will be paid to those behaviors that are normally included in such an assessment, with some discussion of the relationship between functional assessment, medical conditions and care planning. The session will also focus on the use of a particular functional assessment instrument, the Determination of Need (DON), which the presenter had a role in developing in its current format. The unique aspects of the DON will be discussed along with its utility for the care planning process.
                Registration Fees:
                ASA members and Web Seminar partners: $75.00 per site (one phone/Web connection)
                Nonmembers: $90.00 per site (one phone/Web connection)

                The Social, Sexual, Spiritual, Environmental, Nutritional and Behavioral Aspects of Assessment

                Date: Thursday, October 3, 2002
                Time:10:00 PM (Eastern Time)/7:00 PM (Pacific Time) (75 minutes)
                This session will focus on several other aspects of client assessment including: Social assessment including assessing caregiver burden, the social network of the individual and the current economic well-being of the client. Assessment of and spirituality in the older adult and the need for assessing these areas of functioning. Assessment of the living environment in which the client resides, including the home and neighborhood in which the client lives. Emphasis will be on how well does the physical environment meet the client's needs. Nutrition and behavioral health will be discussed including some simple means for assessing the nutritional well-being of the client and a look at health behaviors that my help or interfere with the client's overall well-being.
                Registration Fees:
                ASA members and Web Seminar partners: $75.00 per site (one phone/Web connection)
                Nonmembers: $90.00 per site (one phone/Web connection)

                The Remaining Elements of the Geriatric Assessment Process: Tying it All Together


                Date: Thursday, October 10, 2002
                Time: 10:00 PM (Eastern Time)/7:00 PM (Pacific Time) (75 minutes)
                This final session will look at the remaining elements of the assessment process and discuss tying the information together into a useable report. Included in this session will be: Information about gathering a medical history in those settings that are not part of a broader health care setting. Gathering some basic information about emotional well-being with particular attention to the presence of depression in older adults and other critical psychiatric symptoms. Developing a system for integrating the information in a way that ties a recommended care plan to the information in the assessment and the outcomes that one hopes to derive from providing help.
                Registration Fees:
                ASA members and Web Seminar partners: $75.00 per site (one phone/Web connection)
                Nonmembers: $90.00 per site (one phone/Web connection)

                Liability and Risk Management Issues in Aging Services

                Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2003
                Time:1:00 PM (Eastern Time)/10:00 AM (Pacific Time) (75 minutes)
                This workshop will identify effective risk management strategies that professionals and agencies providing health and social services to older persons might use to avoid, control, and/or shift to others their exposure to potential legal liability risks. Understand the elements of professional liability. Identify and put in perspective the legal risks encountered in providing health and social services to older persons. Develop and be able to implement risk management strategies to effectively prevent or mitigate legal liability exposure of agencies and staff while pursuing the agency mission.
                Registration Fees:
                ASA members and Web Seminar partners: $75.00 per site (one phone/Web connection)
                Nonmembers: $90.00 per site (one phone/Web connection) H

                Legal and Ethical Aspects of Decision Making by and for Older Persons Part I

                Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2003
                Time:1:00 PM (Eastern Time)/10:00 AM (Pacific Time) (75 minutes)
                This workshop will explore the ethical and legal issues involved in healthcare and personal and financial decision making by and for older persons. Special attention will be devoted to ethical principles and legal requirements related to assessing decisional capacity, assuring valid consent, and relying on substitute decision making for incapacitated persons. Guardianship will be examined as one mechanism of substitute decision making. Identify the ethical underpinnings and legal requirements for informed consent concerning older persons. Understand legal criteria and ethical practice implications for assessing decisional capacity in older adults. Understand why guardianships are initiated, how they work legally, and the strengths and weaknesses of this approach to surrogate decision making.
                Registration Fees:
                ASA members and Web Seminar partners: $75.00 per site (one phone/Web connection)
                Nonmembers: $90.00 per site (one phone/Web connection)


                Legal and Ethical Aspects of Decision Making by and for Older Persons Part II

                Tuesday, February 25, 2003 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)/10:00 AM (Pacific Time) (75 minutes)
                This workshop will explore the ethical and legal issues involved in healthcare and personal and financial decision making by and for older persons. Special attention will be devoted to ethical principles and legal requirements related to assessing decisional capacity, assuring valid consent, and relying on substitute decision making for incapacitated persons. Guardianship will be examined as one mechanism of substitute decision making. Identify the ethical underpinnings and legal requirements for informed consent concerning older persons. Understand legal criteria and ethical practice implications for assessing decisional capacity in older adults. Understand why guardianships are initiated, how they work legally, and the strengths and weaknesses of this approach to surrogate decision making.
                Registration Fees:
                ASA members and Web Seminar partners: $75.00 per site (one phone/Web connection)
                Nonmembers: $90.00 per site (one phone/Web connection)

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