JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
SOCIAL WORK PROGRAM
Nancy Owens - email@example.com
Blue Ridge Hall, Room 157 - 568-2333
Office Hours: By appointment only
In this academic course and outreach program to adults age 50+ in the surrounding community, JMU students are trained to work 1:1 with the older adults, to apply aging and intergenerational theory, and to critically analyze the outcomes from their interactions. This is a unique opportunity to gain experience in working with older adults.
This course is designed to:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
AHDP Staffer’s Manual, current version, available on blackboard.
It is the policy of the Social Work Department to accommodate students with disabilities, pursuant to federal and state law. In order to accommodate students with special request related to testing, assignments, etc. there must be a formal ruling by the JMU Office of Disability Services. Any student who needs accommodation should inform the instructor at the beginning of the semester.
Students are responsible for registering for classes and for verifying their class schedules on e-campus. The deadline for adding a Fall Semester class without instructor and academic unit head signatures is . No student will be allowed to register for a Fall Semester class after . No exceptions will be made to these deadlines.
Keep a second copy of any written work submitted. If for any reason work submitted is lost/misplaced/not available, faculty cannot assume that work was submitted and was of acceptable merit. Likewise, keep exams and papers returned with a grade or comments should grade lists be lost or inadvertently deleted from a faculty computer. In the event of the above, it would be your responsibility to submit the material in question.
By accepting admission to JMU, you make a commitment to understand, support, and abide by the University’s honor system without compromise or exception. This class will be conducted in strict observance of the JMU Honor System. For specific details see http://www.jmu.edu/honor.
Staffers will be trained in Adult Health and Development theory and methods to work on an individual basis with an older adult for nine consecutive Wednesdays in conjunction with 11 Tuesdays of training. All staffers must attend the Tuesday training sessions. You are allowed one excused absence before any other absences will affect your grade. Remember, there are only 11 weeks of classroom time. Each Tuesday, training will consist of classroom time focused on theories, program planning, and health education. Wednesdays will consist of time spent with senior members at Price Rotary Senior Center implementing planned activities in the areas of health education, socialization, and physical fitness. Staffers are required to make contact with their assigned member at least once during the week, via phone, e-mail, or personal visit.
Project Proposal and Completion (75 points):
Each student is expected to plan, execute, and evaluate at least one project in which all staffers and members are able to participate. The proposal must include 1 health education activity, 1 physical fitness activity, and 1 social activity. Proposals will be discussed as a group, and once approved, dates for each project will be assigned to each student.
Clinical Work (100 points): Includes contributions and involvements in ALL sessions (regardless of your member’s attendance), ability to translate AHDP theory and methods into practice, completion of your member’s Individual History Form (IHF)(25 pts)within the required time, a typed, double-spaced, 3-page Life Review Interview with your member, (25 pts), class presentation on a topic related to aging, and other class assignments and quizzes. See course reader for complete description of these assignments.
Final Analysis Paper (75 points):
8-10 pages, double-spaced, word-processed paper integrating theories and other course material as you respond to a series of questions about your member and your involvement in the AHDP program.
Attendance/Participation (100 points):
One excused absence is permitted. For every unexcused absence, 5 points will be deducted from your final grade. Also, arriving late at the AHDP two times in a semester deducts 5 points from your final grade. If you are going to miss a session, you MUST let the director know that you will be absent, giving as much advance notice as possible. Your member will be waiting for you and expects you to be there!