Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education

BE A PART OF THE AGELESS WISDOM CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN

 

Master's Fellowship Application for Admission

Bachelor's Fellowship Application for Admission

The Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education is a unique educational program designed to enhance both direct practice and leadership skills in gerontology. Program participation will enable social work students to become highly skilled practitioners. The program is based upon development of specific geriatric competencies across services sectors and with the diverse older adult population.  It is offered, with appropriate variation in course work, competencies, and field experience, for both Master’s and Bachelor’s students.

The model includes:

  • rotation through different senior programs
  • opportunities to work with well to frail older adults
  • a community enhancement project (See previous projects)
  • potential stipend support with most partners
  • engagement with community agencies

Benefits for All Geriatric Fellows

  • Rotation-based field experiences and greater access to aging-related programs to allow students to understand the breadth of services and the diversity of needs in the aging population.
  • A focus on developing aging competencies through field placement.
  • Opportunities to learn from outstanding faculty and community leaders.
  • Opportunities to attend local conferences and programs on aging and gerontology.
  • Affiliation and networking with the Social Work Leadership Institute through New York Academy of Medicine and the John A. Hartford Foundation.
  • Contacts to and networking with leaders and organizations serving older adults in Western Pennsylvania.
  • Student seminars and professional development experiences that give students the opportunity to learn from and with each other, as well as from their field instructors and outside experts. These seminars enhance the integration of class and field learning.
  • MSW Fellows earn graduate Certificate in Gerontology

Stipends and Tuition Benefits

  • Potential stipends for those semesters in which a student does field work.
  • For Master’s students only, tuition benefit for additional field work required by the fellowship.

MSW Fellowship Program

Master’s Requirements for Application:
  • Master’s level social work student: good academic standing, pursuing either Direct Practice or COSA.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with others.
  • Commitment to participate in evaluation of this educational model.
  • Commitment to complete geriatric course work and community-level project.
  • Willingness to accept field experiences at partner agencies.

BASW Fellowship Program

Bachelor’s Requirements for Application:
  • Bachelor’s level social work student, good academic standing, applying junior year to complete the fellowship senior year.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with others.
  • Commitment to participate in evaluation of this educational model.
  • Willingness to accept field experiences at partner agencies.
  • Willingness to take an aging-related elective, if available.

How do I apply?

Just click on the appropriate application and the process begins:

Master's Fellowship Application for Admission

Bachelor's Fellowship Application for Admission

Who do I contact if I want more information?

Please contact Ms. Melissa Brusoski, HPPAE Program Coordinator, for more information at Brusoski@pitt.edu .

What kinds of projects do our students do?

Some recent projects include:

Advocating for the Rights of Older Persons

Problem? What Problem?: Older Adults, Gambling, and Allegheny County's Human Services Network (Gambling Brochure)

The Changing Face of Caregivers in a Society Which Values Aging in Place (Allegheny Caregivers' Resource website)

Home Share

Older Adult Protective Services: Moving Forward

Caregivers’ Guide to nutrition:  A comprehensive guide for individuals caring for older adults [Long] [Short]