St. Catherine University & University of St. Thomas



St. Catherine University and University of St. Thomas



Tanya Rand, MSW, LICSW
Clinical Faculty and Coordinator of Aging Services

Program Area of Interest in Gero Social Work (AEGSW)

To enhance the practice skills, theoretical knowledge, and leadership capacity in BSW students in the area of gerontological social work practice. To increase the visibility and understanding of aging issues across the School of Social Work community and beyond.

The Area of Emphasis in Gero-Social Work will guide Senior students through linking coursework, field practice, and leadership to gerontological social work. Approximately 4-6 BSW seniors will be selected for the program each year. The program will combine an aging specific course, course assignments, field practice, and leadership opportunities for the students. The School of Social Work Aging Services Coordinator selects students in consultation with BSW faculty. The Aging Services Coordinator will serve as the program advisor to selected students.

Each student will receive a tuition stipend upon successful completion of each semester including coursework and field practice.  *Students receiving tuition remission are ineligible for tuition stipend.

Award Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
Program MSW Gero-Social Work Initiatives

The St. Kate’s – St. Thomas School of Social Work offers two gero-social work initiatives for MSW students, both described below:

Area of Emphasis in Aging (AEA) Scholars

The Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education (HPPAE) Program

AEA Scholars come together with faculty, alumni/ae, and community members who specialize in aging, in a two-year program of coursework.

The HPPAE program provides an opportunity to explore geriatric social work as part of the foundation year of the MSW curriculum.

Award Master of Social Work – Gero