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Loyola University Unveils Plan for New Project
School of Social Work Introduces Strategy to Combat Impending Nat’l Social Work Shortage
CHICAGO, June 1, 2006 — Loyola University Chicago announced today that its School of Social Work (SSW) will implement a program this fall to help combat the impending national shortage of social workers to care for the nation’s rapidly increasing older population.
With the number of Americans age 65 and older set to rise from 35 million to 54 million by 2020 (courtesy of the New York Center for Health Workforce Studies at the SUNY School of Public Health), and the number of social workers providing services to older adults decreasing, the social services industry faces a major problem. At Loyola, faculty and students hope to improve this growing problem through a new program funded by a grant from the John A. Hartford Foundation.
With the grant, faculty members from Loyola and the University of Chicago have collaborated to develop a program that spurs interest and trains students in the field of geriatrics. Beginning fall 2006, “Hartford” students will participate in a rotational model that places them in a number of different sites in order to experience the spectrum of care and the diversity of the older adult population. Students will also attend lunch-time lectures by experts in the field, as well as seminars to insure the integration of knowledge from the field and the classroom.
“Over the next 50 years, as the “baby boomers” hit retirement and advancements in medicine continue to increase life spans, the population of older adults in this country will grow dramatically, as will their need for social services,” says Marcia Spira, professor of Sociology, Loyola University Chicago. “With this Hartford grant we hope to develop a program that not only expands the knowledge base of individuals already in the field of gerontology, but also attracts new groups of students to this critical field.”
About Loyola’s School of Social Work
Founded in 1914 and accredited since 1921, Loyola University Chicago’s SSW educates students to become clinical social workers and leaders in a learning community that supports and expands knowledge and skills through excellence in scholarship and caring for others. The school’s curriculum addresses contemporary clinical, community and social issues encountered by social workers in practice, along with the new Leadership and Development program. Recognized as the oldest SSW at a Catholic university in North America, Loyola’s SSW is known for undergraduate and graduate programs that engage and challenge its students in a learning process that provides in-depth integration of clinical theory, knowledge, values and practice.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is among the largest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 14,000 students, which includes 9,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include: arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies and social work. Loyola offers 66 undergraduate majors, 59 master’s degrees, 36 doctoral degrees and three professional degree programs. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” and “best values” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our web site at www.luc.edu.