Social Work Practice with Older Adults: An Evidence-Based Approach

By Dawn Joosten-Hagye

Developed in collaboration with social worker Dawn Joosten-Hagye, this course equips participants with the knowledge and skillsets they need to effectively treat older adults through evidence-based strategies and interventions.

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  • Self-Paced
  • 3.5 Credits
  • Timely Material
  • Expert Faculty

About the Course

After taking this course, you will be able to:

  • Define contextual domains of social work practice with older adults.
  • Identify evidence-based and best practices for use with older adults.
  • Recognize the importance of ensuring that specific cultural and diversity-based preferences of older adults are incorporated into treatment.
  • Better understand legal and ethical considerations in practice with older adults.

You will earn 3.5 credits by completing this course.

Please note: Accreditation not available in New York, New Jersey, or West Virginia.


A licensed clinical social worker, Dawn Joosten-Hagye is a clinical associate professor of social work and the vice chair of the Department of Adult Mental Health and Wellness at the University of Southern California. She has worked as a medical social worker for Providence Health Services since 2001 and specializes in working with older and disabled adults with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. Dr. Joosten-Hagye has worked in acute, subacute, transitional, skilled nursing, and palliative care settings. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in social work at California State University, Long Beach, and the University of California, Los Angeles, respectively.