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What is Albany IAP?
[*] Albany IAP Opportunities and Benefits
[*] Albany IAP Curriculum
[*] Albany IAP Field Instruction
[*]Outside Educational Opportunities
[*] Albany IAP Consortium Agencies
[*] Albany IAP Related Organizations
[*] Albany IAP Application
[*] Contact Information



What is Albany IAP?

The School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany in partnership with 9 area consortium agencies is offering a special opportunity to earn a Master in Social Work (MSW) with a specialization in service to aging persons. for direct and macro practice and leadership in social work services at one of the premiere MSW programs in the United States.

The Albany IAP is part of the Geriatric Social Work Practicum Development Program, which is funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation and coordinated by the New York Academy of Medicine. The goal of the program is to address the critical need for geriatric social workers by developing more aging rich practicum sites that will be a permanent and ongoing component of the graduate social work educational process and increasing the number of MSW students electing to go into the field of aging. The rationale for concentrating on field practicum education is that changes in the health care delivery system elicit responses from the practice community more quickly than academia, thus by focusing on the field practicum, practice can more effectively inform the social work educational process.

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Albany IAP Opportunities and Benefits

The Albany IAP provides a number of exciting opportunities, including the following:

[*] A curriculum leading to the Master of Social Work (MSW)
[*] Preparation as a direct (clinical) and macro practice social worker with skills in developing, implementing, and evaluating programs for aging persons
[*] Challenging field placements working with aging persons on a continuum from well and independent to end of life
[*] A special curriculum in the second year of the program with in-depth content on aging and services for older persons
[*] Supervision by outstanding practitioners experienced in services to older people
[*] A chance to make a difference by developing and evaluating new services in the Capital District
[*] Integrative seminars bringing together IAP students, experienced agency practitioners, and internationally known faculty
[*] Mentors drawn from various professional groups, with experiences with aging populations
[*] Financial aid in the second year of the MSW program

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Albany HIAP Curriculum

In the first year of the MSW program, all the students, including those who are interested in IAP, will complete the generalist MSW curriculum. In addition to the regular MSW curriculum, Albany IAP provides a series of seminars on aging-related issues, which is open to the 1st year students and the wider community audience.

In the second year, the Albany IAP students will take a special curriculum with in-depth content on aging and services for older persons. The following is the specialization year curriculum in the year 2001-2002.


- Direct Practice Curriculum -

* Third semester (fall)

[*] RSSW 734 The later half of life or RSSW 737 Families in mid and late life (Advanced behavior)
[*] RSSW 661 Evaluation of clinical practice or RSSW 665 Research methods in program evaluation for social welfare management (Advanced research)
[*] RSSW 741 Practice with mature and aging adults (Advanced practice)
[*] RSSW 790 Human service organizations in a changing environment (Elective from macro concentration)
[*] RSSW 752 Field instruction III
[*] Integrative seminar for Albany IAP

*Fourth semester (spring)
[*] RSSW 740 Social gerontology: Policies, programs, and services (Advanced policy)
[*] RSSW 7xx 1 Advanced practice course per advisement
[*] RSSW 791 Management systems in human service organizations (elective from macro concentration)
[*] RSSW 753 Field instruction IV
[*] RSSW 705 Integrative seminar for Albany IAP


- Macro Practice Curriculum -

* Third semester (fall)

[*] RSSW 734 The later half of life or RSSW 737 Families in mid and late life (Advanced behavior)
[*] RSSW 665 Research methods in program evaluation for social welfare management (Advanced research)
[*] RSSW 792 Community building or RSSW 795 Development
[*] RSSW 790 Human service organizations in a changing environment
[*] RSSW 752 Field instruction III
[*] Integrative seminar for Albany HIAP

*Fourth semester (spring)
[*] RSSW 740 Social gerontology: Policies, programs, and services (Advanced policy)
[*] RSSW 791 Management systems in human service organizations
[*] RSSW 730 Interprofessional leadership
[*] RSSW 753 Field instruction IV
[*] RSSW 705 Integrative seminar for Albany IAP

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Albany IAP Field Instruction

In the first year of the MSW program, all the students, including those who are interested in IAP, will be placed in agencies that serve persons of varying ages. The field instruction for the first year student is two days a week.

In the second year, the Albany IAP students will be assigned to one of the consortium sites. The second year internship will be a rotation among programs (within the site) so that students can work with older adults and their families on a continuum from well to end of life. The field instruction for the second year students is three days a week, including time for integrative seminars.


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Albany IAP Consortium Agencies

The School of Social Welfare, University at Albany: http://www.albany.edu/ssw

The School of Social Welfare, University at Albany, prepares BS, MSW, and Ph.D. students to provide services and manage programs that provide assistance with such difficulties as homelessness, mental disorders, domestic violence, substance abuse, physical illness, and family dysfunction. The MSW and BS programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The School is considered among the best social work programs in the United States.

Alzheimer’s Association Northeastern New York Chapter: http://www.alzneny.org

Alzheimer’s Association is a voluntary organization offering family support, support groups, volunteer respite training and registry, caregiver’s resource center, Safe Return, helpline, education and advocacy services for Alzheimer’s caregivers and families.

Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan (CDPHP): http://www.cdphp.com

CDPHP is a large health insurer serving the Capital District and surrounding rural counties. It also provides wellness programs to a variety of population groups.

Centro Civico

Centro Civico is a grassroots not-for-profit agency providing bilingual, bi-cultural services to the Hispanic community in a rural county. It provides outreach, case management, advocacy, cultural activities, and community development, and builds coalitions to serve the Hispanic community.

Jewish Family Services of Northeastern New York (JFS): http://www.jfsneny.org

JFS is a not-for-profit agency providing information and referral, counseling for adults of all ages, outreach programs for older persons, family life education, homemaker referral services, and an immigrant resettlement program.

New York State Office for the Aging (SOFA): http://aging.state.ny.us/index.htm

SOFA is the central State agency to plan and coordinate programs and services for the aging at all levels in both the public and private sectors. It administers various Titles under the Federal Older Americans Act of 1965 as amended, and a variety of State-funded programs which serve the elderly.

Northeast Health (NEH): http://www.nehealth.com

NEH is a health system comprised of three health organizations (Samaritan Hospital, Albany Memorial Hospital, and the Eddy) representing a continuum of services for older persons including home health, residential retirement, assisted living and dementia facilities, adult day care, inpatient and outpatient geriatric rehabilitation, and outpatient and inpatient health care.

St. Peter's Health Care Services: http://www.mercycare.com

St. Peter's Health Care Services is a large health service network, located in Albany, that includes an acute care hospital, rehabilitation program, nursing home, home care program, specialized aftercare management, hospice, and wellness programs.

Stratton Veterans Administration Medical Center, Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VAMC): http://www.va.gov/visns/visn02/albany.html

VAMC is a government health system for military veterans representing a unique model of managed care with community health clinics and primary care sites throughout northeastern New York. The VAMC provides home care, nursing home, adult day care, respite, specialized dementia care, a homeless program, adult foster care, and the full range of inpatient and outpatient medical and allied health service.

Whitney M. Young, Jr., Health Center (WYHC): http://www.urlis.com/whitney

WYHC is a not-for-profit urban ambulatory care center providing medical and mental health care for children and adults as well as other programs including methadone maintenance, Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), dental, family alcoholism, and an HIV treatment and prevention program. Located in downtown Albany, this agency serves an urban, low-income, racially diverse population.

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Albany IAP Related Organizations

John A. Hartford Foundation: http://www.jhartfound.org

Hartford Foundation is the funder of the Geriatric Social Work Practicum Development Program, which the IAP is part of. The Hartford Foundation seeks to make its best contribution by supporting efforts to improve health care in America.

New York Academy of Medicine: http://www.nyam.org

The New York Academy of Medicine coordinates the Geriatric Social Work Practicum Development Program. The Academy is an independent academic institution committed to improving the health of urban populations, particularly the urban poor, and to the continuing development and scholarship of health care professionals.

Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) SAGE-SW: http://www.cswe.org

With funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) has launched Strengthening Aging and Gerontology Education for Social Work (SAGE-SW). SAGE-SW is dedicated to preparing ALL social workers to meet the needs of a growing aging population.

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Albany IAP Application

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Who can apply?

In order to join the Albany IAP, you have to meet the following criteria:

  1. Admitted to the MSW program at the School of Social Welfare, University at Albany
  2. For the current MSW students applying for Albany IAP:
    * Good academic standing (e.g., no academic probation, etc.)
    * Complete generalist courses before starting Albany IAP

The project welcomes both full time and part time students

When should I apply?

Application due date is February 15th.

* For current MSW students: Apply when you are finishing the generalist courses
* If you are not currently in the MSW program: You can apply for MSW and IAP at the same time if you are an advanced standing student. If you are applying for the 2-year MSW program, please apply for IAP once you are in the MSW program.
* Late applications will be considered on a space available basis

How Do I apply for Albany IAP?

You can apply online or via postage-based mail:

* Online application: Click here
* Postage-based application: Please send the application form (you can print the form) and your updated resume to:
Anne E. Fortune, Ph.D.
Project Director, Albany IAP
School of Social Welfare
University at Albany
135 Western Avenue
Albany, NY 12222

If you are not currently in the MSW program, you need to apply for the MSW program as well as for Albany IAP. For the MSW program application information, click here.

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Contact Information

[*] Questions and/or comments on Albany IAP? Please contact: Linda Mertz, Project Coordinator
Albany IAP
School of Social Welfare
University at Albany
135 Western Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
Pnone: (518) 442-5327
Fax: (518) 442-3823
Email:
lmertz@albany.edu
[*] Questions about School of Social Welfare? See http://www.albany.edu/ssw/contact.html
[*] Questions about application for the MSW program? See http://www.albany.edu/ssw/admissgrad.html
[*] Questions about Graduate School Admission? Online application for the University? See http://www.albany.edu/admiss/grad/gradstud.html

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