Clinical Practice with Older Adults

Experts predict that people age 65 and older will represent nearly 20% of the U.S. population by 2030. Currently, social workers in most settings work with older adults and their families on a regular basis yet may not have specialized training for the unique psychosocial issues facing this population.

SSA’s Clinical Practice with Older Adults Program is designed for professionals with post-graduate experience who want to enhance their knowledge about work with older adults. Courses will provide information on contemporary theories and best practices in work with older adults and their families. Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to integrate these new competencies into their daily practice.

Class size is limited to 20 participants and the program structure emphasizes participation with a cohort of colleagues. This will expand perspectives on ways to apply knowledge. It will also create a network of peers for continued learning.


The program begins March 6, 2020 and concludes May 15, 2019. Ten weekly sessions take place on Friday mornings, 9:00am - Noon*, at The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. A continental breakfast is provided prior to each class.   
*Please Note: There will be no class on Friday April 10; Class on Friday, April 24 will take place from 1:00-4:00pm

The course schedule and course descriptions will be posted soon.


Applications to the spring 2020 program should be submitted by January 15, 2020 as follows:

The application process requires:

  • Completed application form
  • Resume
  • Brief personal statement reflecting your interest in the program


Mail application materials to:

The Professional Development Program
The University of Chicago
School of Social Service Administration
969 E 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637


Master's degree in social work, counseling, or related field required; advance degrees welcome.
A minimum of two years of post-graduate experience required.


Participants who complete the program receive 30 CEUs, including three hours of Cultural Competence and three hours of Ethics to satisfy the CE requirement for Illinois social workers.

The Professional Development Program at SSA is a State of Illinois licensed provider of continuing education for social workers, clinical psychologists, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists. License numbers: 159.000140, 168.000115, and 268.000004.


This program is funded in part by the Elizabeth Roe Milius Social Service Fund to Benefit Vulnerable Youth and Seniors of the Michael Reese Health Trust and the Louise H. Landau Foundation.