The Hartford Partnership Program in Aging Education (HPPAE) is a 12-year national initiative to recruit and train the next generation of social workers by transforming how geriatric education is taught in Masters of Social Work programs nationwide.
HPPAE is anchored by partnerships between universities and community-based agencies that develop their own local model to best fit their needs.
At its heart is a unique fieldwork model that rotates students through different agencies so they gain a rich understanding of the full spectrum of aging and the diverse services that older adults and their caregivers need.
Students in the UB program will experience a minimum of three distinct models of service delivery and programming for older adults within an agency setting.
The UB program is part of a larger, regional network called the Buffalo-Rochester Consortium for Gerontological Social Work.
Consortium-wide seminars are conducted via distance learning technology and feature presentations by field educators who serve as “master teachers” and introduce both the issues and diverse populations found within their specialties in the Buffalo-Rochester region.
Semi-annual regional networking meetings bring students, field educators, agency representatives and faculty members from the Buffalo and Rochester programs together to network and discuss gerontological social work practice.
Regional seminars are required for HPPAE interns, but all MSW students are invited to attend.
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