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Supervision for Effective Practice with Older Adults

Online Courses


Supervising social service practitioners who have older clients in their caseloads requires a melding of supervisory best practice with understanding of the particular requirements of working with older adults—the special medical, emotional, ethical, and legal challenges that are associated with later life. With this course, you’ll develop knowledge in both of these crucial areas. You will see how the collaborative, respectful, and supportive relationship you build with staff members can be replicated between them and their clients. The course suggests ways of managing the conflicting priorities and responsibilities that arise in many direct service organizations. It provides case examples and course forums to provide an opportunity for problem solving.

* You can register for this course individually or as part of a certificate program.


  • Define social work supervision
  • Describe the three primary functions of social work and how they interact.
  • Assess the different models of social work supervision.
  • Describe the relationship dynamics between supervisor, supervisee, staff, and agency.
  • Use supervisory sessions as a model of how relationships with clients develop.

Course Outline

  • Pre-course Competency Assessment
  • Section I: Course Overview
  • Section II: Background and Scope
  • Section III: Definition and Function of Social Work Supervision
  • Section IV: The Styles and Models of Supervision
  • Section V: The Supervisory Process
  • Section VI: Challenges in Supervision
  • Section VII: The Role of the Practitioner
  • Section VIII: Diversity and Multicultural Considerations
  • Section IX: Ethical and Legal Dimensions
  • Section X: Course Summary and Resources
  • Course Quiz
  • Post-course Competency Evaluation
  • Certificate of Completion

Course Policies

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Accessibility Information

All online courses are self-paced and are designed as reading-based and include interactive multimedia components including simulations, video, audio, and discussion boards.

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