Module 5: Policy & Macro Perspectives

Module 5 Social workers who practice in health care with older adults can find themselves in difficult positions as they attempt to balance their professional ethics with the needs of their older clients and also with the demands emerging from their practice setting. This challenge can appear as social workers offer help at the prevention, intervention and follow-up levels. Module 4 offered specific approaches and interventions that are effective in multiple settings and practice levels. The methods have emerged from social work principles and practices and from strengths-based thinking.

Julie Foley, MSW, RSW, is a prominent leader and clinician with 30 years of wide-ranging experience in community health, charitable health and social service sectors. She served as Executive Director of the Family Counselling Centre in Sarnia (1985-1993; Director of the Family Service Association's Placement Coordination Service in Toronto (1994 to 1997); CEO of the Scarborough Community Care Access Centre (1997-2006); Executive Lead (secondment) for the Integrated Client Care Project, RAI-HC (OACCAC) for the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for two years; and President and CEO of Osteoporosis Canada (2007-2010). Julie currently consults with various organizations. 

Julie has served with distinction as a volunteer with numerous local, provincial, national and international boards including: President of CASW (1993-1997); member of the OASW Board of Directors; Vice-President for North America with the International Federation of Social Workers; Co-Chair, International Federation of Social Workers' Conference (Montreal, 2000); Chair of the Federated Health Charities and a member of the Executive Committee of the Health Charities Coalition of Canada; Board member, Centre for Mindfulness Studies; and Alzheimer Societies (Toronto and National) volunteer spokesperson.  Julie received the CASW Outstanding Social Worker Award in 2002 and, in 2013, was the recipient of the OASW Beverley Antle Leadership Award. 

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