Formerly IGSW News | VOLUME 21 | WINTER 2014

From the Director

Good Partnerships Still Make Good Training

By Scott Miyake Geron

ScottAs I think about this issue's featured course, which was developed as part of a fruitful collaboration with Boston College's National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services, I'm reminded once again that good partnerships make good training. Over the past ten years of providing training to more than 50,000 social service and healthcare practitioners, we have learned the value of working with a range of partner institutions and organizations. Good partnerships allow us to create the multifaceted learning experiences required to address the complexities of service provision for older adults and people with disabilities.

Customized programs developed with state and local agencies are one example. With the Southeastern Association of Area Agencies on Aging (SE4A), we developed "SE4A University" to strengthen recruitment, training, and retention of care managers throughout the eight-state region. We tailored the program to meet SE4A's specific objectives, based on consultation with agency leaders and staff. The program is powered by CADER online courses, which are reinforced by supervisory coaching and other support activities for care managers in network agencies.

The County Welfare Directors Association of California, the California Association of Area Agencies on Aging, and the Long Term Living Training Institute of Pennsylvania are among other partners with whom we've created specific courses and programs tailored for their aging and disability networks. Many of these programs combine online and in-person components. The agency and participants gain from increased competence, and we hone and improve our future efforts based on evaluation of training outcomes and participant experiences.

In issues to come, we'll be highlighting more of our partners in learning. Stay tuned.

Scott Miyake Geron, Ph.D., is director of the Center for Aging & Disability Education & Research and an associate professor at Boston University.

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