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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

For additional information or questions, please contact Jacki Englehardt at ce@mail.wvu.edu

Fall 2016 Brochure

If you would like the view the brochure for the Fall 2016 Professional & Community Education program, please click HERE .


For Interactive Registration Form, click HERE .


TO REGISTER ONLINE FOR THE FALL 2016 PROFESSIONAL & CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAM, please click HERE.


To pay to pay online, please click HERE. But be sure to register online first at the link above https://goo.gl/vJQeN0


Other Upcoming Approved GPC workshops

  • Long-Term Care Planning Workshop (September 30, 2016 in Wheeling, WV). For more information, click HERE. The workshop has been approved for 3 hours in Social Policy and Aging. Click HERE for GPC reporting form.
  • WVGS 12th Annual Scientific Assembly, “Helping Our Patients Make Decisions” (September 28, 2016 in Charleston, WV). For more information click HERE . Approved for 7 GPC hours and you can find approvals HERE and the reporting form HERE
  • 11th Annual Elder Abuse Conference (September 16, 2016, Beckley, WV). For more information click HERE . Click HERE for GPC approvals and HERE for GPC reporting form.
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) will host several workshops this Fall 2016. HERE is a listing of GPC approved workshops with dates and times. Additional information about OLLI can be found HERE . In total, there are 28 GPC hours available. Find the reporting form for attendance HERE . Participants must attend all session dates and times of sessions to receive the hours.
  • Film Screening and Guided Discussion: “Being Mortal” (October 20, 2016, Charleston, WV). This event is free, but you must register. For more information click HERE and to register online, click HERE. Approved for 2 GPC hours (Content Area:Ethics and Aging). Click HERE for the reporting form.
  • Film Screening: Being Mortal (September 13, 2016 in Morgantown, WV) No registration necessary, all are welcome. Brochure HERE . Approved for 1.5 GPC hours (Content Area: Ethics & Aging). Please click HERE for the reporting form.
  • 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.
  • LGBT Issues & Aging (online course, October 15 – December 15, 2016). This is a self-paced course, enrollment accepted until December 1, 2016. Cost $85, taught by Lori Fell, MSW, MDiv. 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 (Psychosocial Processes and Mental Health in Older Adults). For more information and to register, click here.
  • 24th Annual West Virginia Rural Health Conference (October 19-21, 2016 in Logan, WV). Click [ HERE ] for registration form and brochure. Approved for 20 GPC hours and you can find approvals [ HERE ] and the reporting form [ 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


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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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