Skip to main content

Gerontology Practitioner Certificate

January 2019 Update. The WVU School of Social Work has decided not to hold the Summer Institute on Aging (SIOA) Conference in 2019.  This decision was not made lightly, but is a result of budget tightening at the university level, particularly around administrative supports.  Also, the SIOA coordinator, Jacki Englehardt, has a new job role within the School of Social Work which precludes her ability to function in the role of SIOA coordinator moving forward.

The SSW remains committed to our land grant mission to serve the needs of the state of WV – and support of the workforce that serves the elderly in our state remains a great concern.  The SIOA model in its current form is not sustainable without a coordinator.  We are hopeful that by taking a break from the conference in 2019, new partnerships can be identified that would reach a more interprofessional audience and/or serve specific training needs for targeted workforce capacity. 

We would welcome your thoughts on what might be best moving forward, email us at or call 304-293-3280. 

To those of you that have attended and/or presented at our conference through the years – many thanks!  We would not have had the great success we did without your participation! 

Warm regards,

Jacki Englehardt

January 2018 Update. Dr. Kristina Hash has taken over as Director of the Gerontology Practitioner Certificate. She will assist current participants in finishing their certificates.

Dr. Hash can be reached at .

Applications for the Gerontology Practitioner Certificate program are no longer being accepted. Participants already enrolled in the GPC program can continue to complete their requirements through the WVU sponsored programs and the other outside approved programs (see below for Upcoming Approved GPC workshops). We encourage participants to actively pursue the certificate by requesting approval for events and continuing to watch our website for upcoming events and approvals.

August 2017 Update. The School of Social Work has scaled back our continuing professional education offerings since July 2017. Our focus will be on the delivery of 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.

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 Materials

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