Donna B. Fedus, M.A., Director, Elder Program
Gerontology Training for Professionals. An effective and efficient staff has never been more essential given the challenging economic times combined with the dramatic increase in population aging. Training on various issues of aging is available to professionals to enhance their ability to work with older adults and their families. Each session provides theory, best practices, and applied techniques using a prevention and health promotion framework. Workshops are appropriate for health professionals and human service providers who serve older adults and families. Each workshop has been approved for continuing education credits from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
Practitioners can access training in three ways:
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. Since 1995, The Consultation Center has been providing grandparents and other relatives raising children with a range of services and supports. Benefits for members include monthly group meetings both days and evenings, opportunities for respite and socializing for grandparents and children, telephone information and referral to resources, newsletter and legislative advocacy. In addition to these core program benefits, members of our group also participate in a number of special initiatives. Current special initiatives include Health and Wellness Program for Grandfamilies and College Culture for Grandfamilies. Always seeking creative solutions, The Consultation Center collaborates with local, state, and national organizations to develop programs and services to support relative caregivers. We also provide training and consultation on the emotional dynamics and legal issues that often arise in grandfamilies.