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Gerontology Practitioner Certificate

The West Virginia University School of Social Work Gerontology Practitioner Certificate is a multidisciplinary, continuing education-based program designed to extend the understanding of the process of aging and issues faced in this stage of the life course, as well as strengthen the skills of persons who work with older adults or who care for older loved ones. The program is directed at professionals and laypersons in West Virginia and surrounding areas and considers the unique problems and needs of older adults in Appalachia and other rural areas.

Gerontology Practitioner Certificate (GPC) Materials

The School of Social Work will be scaling back our continuing professional education offerings later in 2017. Our focus will be on the delivery of the Summer Institute on Aging conference each June, along with 1-2 full day workshops per academic year, online workshops related to gerontology, and the continuation of the 2,900+ member Professional & Community Education listserv.

There is a hold on accepting applications for the Gerontology Practitioner Certificate program. If you would like to be informed about future possible enrollment, contact Jacki Englehardt at

For additional information or questions, please contact Jacki Englehardt at



You can download a PDF version of our Spring 2017 brochure HERE . Register online HERE, and make then pay online HERE.
You can also upload our interactive registration form if you wish to mail in your registration form and payment. Payment must accompany registration form.

Other Upcoming Approved GPC workshops

*The 9th Annual Aging Well Workshop “Memory, Legacy, and Remembrance” (May 10, 2017 – Shepherdstown, WV) GPC Approvals . Reporting form .

  • 2017 Spring NASW WV Conference (April 26-28, 2017 in Charleston WV). Registration form and brochure . Approved for 16 GPC hours . Use the reporting form provided by NASW WV as your proof of attendance (have it signed at end of conference).
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) will host several workshops this Spring 2017. HERE is a listing of GPC approved workshops with dates and times. Additional information about OLLI can be found HERE . Find the reporting form for attendance HERE .
  • End-of-Life Care (online) March 15-May 15, 2017. Approved for 6 social work CE hours. This is a self-paced course, enrollment accepted until May 1, 2017. Cost $85, taught by Mr. James A. Keresztury, LCSW, ACSW, MBA, Mountains of Hope Cancer Coalition Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center. Approved for 6 Category I Social Work hours in WV (licensed social workers from other states, please consult your licensing board) and 6 GPC hours (2 hours Social Policy and Aging, 1.5 hours Ethics and Aging, and 2.5 hours Psychosocial Processes and Mental Health in Older Adults). Click here for more information or to register.
  • Home Health Quality Improvement University Online Courses These courses provided by HHQI University are free. See a listing of GPC approvals HERE . Click HERE for more information regarding registration for the courses. Browse the complete course catalog HERE.
  • Dementia Care Training (Online) Open enrollment, participants can enroll at any time. There are three courses for this program; you can register for the courses individually or register for the full program. For additional information and to register for the course [or any portion of the course], click HERE There is an additional CEU cost is $20 per course, or $60 for the full program. If you would like to mail your payment, please fill out our interactive payment form HERE . To pay online, please click HERE. This workshop has been approved for 34 GPC hours; for approval form, click HERE .

To view a listing of online webcasts for GPC credits through Geriatrics Lunchtime Learning click here.

To view of listing of approved archived GPC sessions click here

If you would like to receive upcoming notices regarding the Gerontology Practitioner Certificate, join our listserv by sending an email here.

The WVU School of Social Work offers a number of additional certificate programs. Click the links below to learn more about the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, the Undergraduate Certificate in Gerontology, the , and the Continuing Education Certificate in Nonprofit Management* Updating Your Policy Toolbox: Aging, Retirement and Healthcare (online course, September 15-November 15, 2016). This is a self-paced course, enrollment accepted until November 1, 2016. Cost $85, taught by Mandy Weirich, MSW. Approved for 6 Category I Social Work hours in WV (licensed social workers from other states, please consult your licensing board) and 6 Gerontology Practitioner Certificate hours (Social Policy and Aging). For more information and to register, click here.


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