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Letter to the Editor
posted 07.28.2016

Thank you for the Spring 2016 issue of Generations journal addressing the eldercare workforce (“America’s Eldercare Workforce: Who Will Be There to Care?” Vol. 40, No. 1). This excellent issue addresses a timely topic of growing importance.

I am writing to clarify information regarding certification of the gerontological social work workforce, as addressed in Gregg A. Warshaw and Elizabeth J. Bragg’s article, “The Essential Components of Quality Geriatric Care.” Contrary to the information presented in Table 1 (p. 30) and on page 32, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) offers three advanced practice specialty credentials for social workers in aging: Social Worker in Gerontology (SW-G), Advanced Social Worker in Gerontology (ASW-G) and Clinical Social Worker in Gerontology (CSW-G). All three credentials have been available since 2006; click here for information and applications.

Moreover, for decades, NASW has created multiple resources to enhance social workers’ expertise in aging. These resources include publications, such as the NASW Standards for Social Work Practice with Family Caregivers of Older Adults (created with support from The John A. Hartford Foundation), and professional development programs, such as the Hartford–NASW Supervisory Leaders in Aging initiative. NASW remains committed to expanding and enhancing the gerontological social work workforce, in collaboration with CSWE and other sister social work organizations.


Chris Herman, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.
Senior Practice Associate
National Association of Social Workers
Washington, D.C.

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