About the Program:

Why is OASW doing this?
OASW believes our members need to be ready for the future. By 2024, 1 in 5 Canadians will be over the age of 65 and 93% of them will be living in the community. Our profession's grounding in the Social Determinants of Health and strengths-based approach to service delivery ideally suits social workers to serve this population, but many social workers have not acquired the necessary knowledge and skills to do so.

What is OTN's involvement?
The Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) is partnering with OASW on this initiative and will provide the online platform for the program's delivery.  OTN, the world's largest provider of video-teleconferencing, is now delivering virtual education services and technologies on laptops and mobile devices.  OASW believes that participants will have a first-rate online learning experience because of this partnership with OTN.

How long is the program?
The program is offered over 13 weeks beginning January 30, 2017 with an Introductory Module and six course modules, each with a duration of three learning hours and delivered over a two-week period, ending Sunday, April 30, 2017.

Who is this program for?
The program is for experienced social workers who wish to expand their knowledge and skills to address the needs of older adults in their professional practice.

Can recent graduates and students enrol?
Recent graduates are welcome to enrol in the program; however, the content has been designed for social workers who have experience in practice. 

Is the enrolment limited to a certain number of people?
Enrolment is not limited.

Eligibility Requirements:

Who is this program for?
The program is for Experienced Social Workers want to expand their knowledge and skills to address the needs of older adults in their professional practice.

Can recent graduates and students enrol?
Recent graduates are welcome to enrol in the program; however, the content has been designed for social workers who have experience in practice.

Is the enrolment limited to a certain number of people?
Enrolment is not limited.

Program Format:

What equipment/software will I need to participate?
Modules can be accessed via desktop computers, laptops or tablets (Android or iPads).  The course will also support access from any browser (IE, Safari, Chrome, etc.).

How much time outside of the lecture periods will I need to spend?
Each module will be somewhat different. In general, participants will receive suggested readings and be required to complete specific assignments. The time commitment, beyond completing the online work of each module, may be as little as an additional 3-4 hours per module, but some participants may spend longer due to their particular interests or skill level.

Will I be able to access the materials at any time?
During the program, the materials will be accessible online for participants at any time.

Are there tests/quizzes or other written assignments?
Each module will have some evaluation or assignment component.

What will the discussion forums entail?
This will vary from module to module. For example, some Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) will use the discussion board to facilitate a case study. It is expected that participants will interact with one another in each module.

Will there be group assignments?
There may be small group assignments in some modules. Otherwise, the discussion board will be the only "group" assignment.

Will the course materials be available after the program is completed and or after a module has been completed?
The materials are made available over the length of the program. Learners may want to revisit a module after it has been completed for various reasons. We recommend that participants review materials during the specified 2-week window of each module, during which the SME will be most available and the discussion forum will take place. Participants will have a two-week opportunity following the end of Module 6 to complete any outstanding work.

Can I get one-on-one time with the instructors if I need it?
Each SME will post information about how often they will be available online throughout the duration of the module. Generally, one-on-one time is through email correspondence.

How does the program track my progress?
The program will track your progress by pages viewed and completed assignments. There is also a bookmark feature that will allow you to pause your learning progress and pick up where you left off at a later time.

What do I need to do to obtain my certificate?

Modules may vary in the assignments. Participants are required to complete all elements for each module in order to receive the certificate. Participants need to participate in and complete assignments and postings (e.g., critical reflections on videos or other materials; posting on the discussion board and responding to other postings).

Will I know who else is taking the program with me?
In the Introductory Module of one week, each participant will introduce themselves on the discussion board. This is a good opportunity to network and find out what other colleagues are doing. This creates a sense of community and results in more engaged and deeper learning. However, students are also able to limit the information they share and to protect their confidentiality and the confidentiality of their workplace and clients.

Can I take only certain modules?

No. This program is only offered as a complete, six-module package.

I am going to be unable to participate during certain weeks of the program, should I still enrol; how do I catch up?

We strongly encourage you to consult your calendar before enrolling in this program to check your availability. While the program is delivered online and can be accessed at your convenience, it is intended to be completed in the 13-week period. One of the key benefits of the program is that it is offered online so as long as you have access to the internet, you can participate anywhere in the world.

Certificate Program: OASW Certificate in Advanced Social Work with Older Adults

Demographics don't lie. Working with older adults is a new reality for Social Workers. OASW proudly presents the online certificate program, Advanced Social Work Practice with Older Adults, designed to expand existing social work knowledge and skills to address the needs of this growing population:

Begins January 30, 2017
Ends May 14, 2017
Deadline to Register: January 20, 2017


**Special "Join and Learn" price of $600 for RSWs who register for the program. 


Introduction Module: 
The purpose is to introduce the participants to the online platform and for participants to introduce themselves to each other.  The introductions will also be available to the facilitators.
Monday, January 30 - Sunday, February 5, 2017

Module 1: Normal Aging & Geriatric Syndromes/Conditions
Adriana Shnall, PhD, RSW 
Monday, February 6 - Sunday, February 19, 2017

Module 2: Geriatric Assessment & Screening Tools
Joyce Hamelin, MSW, RSW 
Monday, February 20 - Sunday, March 5, 2017

Module 3: Policy & Macro Perspectives
Julie Foley, MSW, RSW
Monday, March 6 - Sunday, March 19, 2017

Module 4: Mental Health & Practice Implications 
Colleen McMillan, MSW, PhD, RSW
Monday, March 20 - Sunday April 2, 2017

Module 5: Ethics & Care
Linda Wright MHSc, MSW, RSW
Monday, April 3 - Sunday, April 16, 2017

Module 6: Pharmacology
Rita Dhami, BScPhm, Pharm.D, RPh & 
Colleen McMillan, MSW, PhD, RSW
Monday, April 17 - Sunday, April 30, 2017

Completion of all modules by Sunday, May 14, 2017

Program Director
Ellen Sue Mesbur, MSW, EdD