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Field Placements in Aging: New Brunswick


Location: Princeton, NJ

When internship completed: Second year (Nonprofit and Public Management), Summer 2011-Spring 2012, 2014-2015 (MAP student)

Student#1: As an intern, I worked in the Community Outreach program of AARP's state office. I helped facilitate programs that connected members of the 50+ community to valuable resources. I also gained important knowledge regarding advocacy on a national, state and local level for this vulnerable population. 

Student#2: I focused on enhancing volunteer management strategies, increasing engagement of diverse communities through the development and maintenance of a Spanish-language AARP Facebook page as well as a Twitter feed in collaboration with the Communications Director to promote the AARP brand within the Latino community.

Adult Protective Services of Monmouth County

Location: Long Branch, NJ

When internship completed: Second year/Advanced Standing (Clinical Social Work), June 2012 - April 2013

Adult Protective services investigates allegations of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of vulnerable adults including those with developmental disabilities, mental illness, multiple physical and mental impairments, and from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. My duties included providing crisis counseling and advocacy to overcome obstacles and ensure client safety, collaborate with other professionals to evaluate client biopsychosocial condition and needs, identify, coordinate, and monitor delivery of client services, refer client, or family/caregiver to community resources (medical care, mental health, homecare, financial assistance, legal aid, housing, job placement, and education), and to monitor, evaluate, and record client progress toward achieving treatment goals.

Aging in Place Partnership

Location: Kendall Park, NJ

When internship completed: Second year (Clinical Social Work), Winter 2014-Spring 2014

Student #1: I drafted needs assessment for caregivers, drafted needs assessment for the LGBT elderly of Middlesex County, compiled an updated resource directory for South Brunswick residents of vendors and services in their area, and conducted research to support the link between creativity and caregiving.

Student #2: In this internship, I had the opportunity to facilitate a support group in a senior center and did individual counseling with older adults. I did research work and summarized programs demonstrating the value of the creative process in promoting better health and disease prevention, resulting in higher levels of independence, improving mental and physical health for young and older adults. I was also involved in organizing a transportation summit and planning a creative caregiving program.

Care One

Location: East Brunswick, NJ

When internship completed: Second year (Clinical Social Work), Fall 2012 - Spring 2013; Second year (Clinical Social Work), Fall 2013 - Spring 2014, 2014-2015 (Clinical Social Work), 2014-2015 (Clinical Social Work)

Student #1: Provided individual assessment, discharge planning and short-term supportive therapy to socio-culturally diverse, mostly elderly population undergoing rehabilitation. Met with residents and their families to discuss therapeutic progress and provide assistance in securing community services. Assessed residents for depression and arrange appropriate psychological services. Pioneered and facilitated caregiver support/education group. Participated in utilization review to guide discharge planning in line with resident needs and insurance guidelines. Educated residents on their rights and Advance Directive choices. 

Student #2: Conducted psychosocial, cognitive, and mood assessments. Assessed patient’s social and economic needs, followed up with referrals, and provided appropriate education to patients and families. Assisted families and patients in navigating the healthcare system, specifically Medicare/Medicaid. Represented social services in Introductory Care Conferences, mediation, discharge planning, and family team meetings. Developed and outlined a caregiver support group.Educated patients on Advanced Directives, Living Wills, and Power of Attorney healthcare documentation.Worked with IDT to determine patient's needs at home and order equipment for discharge.

Student #3: I did assessments, discharge planning, and provided supportive services. 

Student #4:Responsibilities at the Sub-acute rehab facility (which serves mostly a senior population) included: supportive counseling, conducting mini mental exams, performing patient intake assessments, handling patient transfers, observing family meetings, attending utilization review meetings, and advocating for residents. 

Student #5:Tasks included: initial assessments of sub-acute rehab clients; supportive visits to residents; family care plan meetings; weekly utilization review meetings; and support with end-of-life issues.

Carol G. Simon Cancer Center

Location: Morristown, NJ

When internship completed: Second year (Clinical Social Work), Summer 2013-Spring 2014

I provided psychosocial individual support to elders and their caregivers surrounding a cancer diagnosis and its treatment. Provided practical support, including finding resources for financial assistance, transportation assistance, home care, referrals to social security disability, and Medicaid and charity care. Facilitated an 8-week post breast surgery psycho-educational program.

Carrier Clinic

Location: Belle Mead, NJ

When internship completed: Second year (Clinical Social Work), Fall of 2011

T The focus was elderly individuals with psychological issues like depression, dementia, etc.  I was a Clinical Case Manager, and I was involved mainly in the discharge planning for the patients.

Easter Seals

Location: Somerset County, NJ

When internship completed: 2014-2015, by Clinical Social Work student

T I worked with Easter Seals New Jersey’s seven group homes for adults with Serious Mental Illness (SMI). Through my work with the older adult clients, I provided supportive counseling, as well as budgeting/financial planning, nutrition counseling and psychoeducation. I also assisted with medication management under the supervision of support coaches. Issues often encountered in counseling included aging with mental illness, death and dying, as well as the discussion of psychiatric advanced directives in conjunction with advanced directives.

Foothill Acres Rehabilitation and Nursing Center

Location: Hillsborough, NJ

When internship completed: Second year (Clinical Social Work), Fall 2012 - Spring 2013

Conducted discharge planning for the sub-acute unit, conduct psychosocial and MDS assessments; provided one-to-one patient support and counseling integrated from Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy; facilitated a women’s reminiscence and therapy group; provided local service referrals and information. Population includes long term care residents, memory impaired residents, and residents in the rehabilitation/sub-acute unit.

Francis E. Parker Memorial Home

Location: Highland Park, NJ

When internship completed: Second year (Clinical Social Work), Fall 2012 - Spring 2013; Second year (Clinical Social Work), Fall 2013 - Spring 2014

Student #1: I worked closely with the resident family liaison to serve the needs of Stonegate residents, while promoting the concepts of assisted living.  In addition, I interned in the skilled nursing care facilities and adult day health services within Parker.  Overall responsibilities included but were not limited to:  supportive counseling, interdisciplinary team meetings, depression task force committee meetings, work on leadership project for fellowship, home visits to assess eligibility, administering of cognitive and psychosocial assessments, hospital and/or rehabilitation visits to residents on medical leave of absence, scheduling transportation, appropriate family outreach, and coverage for social workers. The focal client population included adults with disabilities, well elders who may or may not need some assistance with activities of daily living, elders with dementia, and elders in need of long term skilled nursing care.

Student #2:Provided supportive counseling to residents in skilled nursing, participants in the Medical Adult Day program, and residents in the assisted living. Focused on issues dealing with loss, adjustment to changes, mood, behavioral issues, cognitive issues and family concerns. The population ranged from elders at the end of life, adults with disabilities, well elders, caregivers, family and community.

Francis E. Parker Memorial Home

Location: New Brunswick, NJ

When internship completed: 2014-2015, by Clinical Social Work student

I shadowed social workers in assisted living, skilled nursing care, and adult day programs. I assisted with assessments, provided 1:1 support to residents, ran monthly groups, advocated for elders, and provided support and referrals to elders and their family members. I was also a part of a Culture Team task-force, working to move Parker Home along the Path of Mastery as an Eden Alternative Home.

George J. Oltowski, Senior Center for Mental Health Care

Location: Perth Amboy, NJ

When internship completed: 2014-2015, by MAP student

Some of the hallmark tasks completed as an intern included updating and facilitating the client satisfaction survey, creating a resource manual for screeners, updating the 2014 quality assurance plan, and completing the remediation plan for the most recent annual licensing review. As an intern, I worked alongside the administrative team that included the Executive Director, Clinical Director, Administrative Director, and Director of Outpatient Services. I also actively attended clinical disposition meetings, team leader meetings, and community meetings including the county mental health board meeting.

Haven Hospice at JFK Medical Center

Location: Edison, NJ

When internship completed: Second year (Clinical Social Work), Fall, 2011- Spring, 2012; Second year (Clinical Social Work), Fall, 2012- Spring, 2013

Student #1: As an MSW Intern at Haven Hospice, my primary responsibilities included performing assessments, formulating care plans, providing emotional support and presence, bereavement counseling to patients and family members on our hospice program, and supportive counseling to consumers of JFK medical services from the community. The vast majority of my focal client population consisted of elders at the end of life and their caregivers. Adolescent family members of expired patients represent the remainder of my caseload.

Student #2: My tasks included psychosocial assessments, suicide risk assessments, bereavement assessments and creating care plans. In addition, I used different therapeutic techniques such as supportive counseling, gentle touch, and guided imagery. I also ran a general bereavement group twice a month during my spring semester. My client population included the elderly at end of life but also anyone dealing with end of life issues. 

Student #3: The focal client population in this field setting was elders at the end of life. Responsibilities included supportive counseling, case management, facilitation of bereavement groups, and completion of psychosocial assessments.

Hunterdon County Adult Protective Services

Location: Flemington, NJ

When internship completed:2013-2014 by Generalist student

Received and investigated reports of abuse, neglect, and exploitation involving vulnerable adults. Nearly all clients receiving services from Hunterdon County Adult Protective Services were above the age of 65. I evaluated individual suspected victims to make a determination on need of protection and case management. I assisted clients with providing access to psychiatric and medical services and legal counsel. I advocated for human rights and social and economic justice on behalf of the vulnerable adult population. I also performed bio-psychosocial assessments and mental health examinations and assessed client strengths and limitations.

Hunterdon County Division of Senior, Disabilities and Veterans Services

Location: Flemington, NJ

When internship completed: Second year (Clinical Social Work), Summer, 2011- Spring, 2012

At the Division, as an intern, I conducted focus groups regarding the needs of seniors living in senior complexes. Additional tasks that I provided included, providing case management services to seniors and completing community screens for individual who inquired about services available for seniors who wish to reside in the community. I frequently attended home visits and family meetings in order to help set up services. This required interaction with the client and their family. The focal populations included seniors living in the community as well as adults with disabilities.

Hunterdon Hospice and Hospital

Location: Flemington, NJ

When internship completed: Second year (Clinical Social Work), Fall 2012 - Spring 2013

At hospice I worked with mostly elders and their families at the end of life.  I completed work with admissions, supportive counseling, multi-disciplinary team care plans, and psycho-social  assessments.  At the hospital I assisted with supportive counseling, resource referral and discharge planning.

Jewish Family Service of Central New Jersey

Location: Elizabeth, NJ

When internship completed: First year (Generalist), Fall 2013-Spring 2014

I provided individual, home- and center-based counseling and case management to older adult population; clinical issues included grief and loss, mental health issues, chronic health issues. Part of this process included writing progress notes, completing psychosocial assessments, and attending case conferences and staff programs. I also helped to facilitate a group for local Holocaust survivors and created a resource manual for the agency.

Jewish Family Service of Somerset Hunterdon and Warren Counties

Location: Somerville, NJ

When internship completed: Second year (Clinical Social Work), Fall 2011 to Spring 2012; First year (Generalist), Fall 2013 to Spring 2014

Student #1: I provided supportive counseling to approximately seven older adult clients, most of whom live in their own home and struggle with chronic illnesses and mental health problems. I also facilitated a weekly socialization group for the JCC in Bridgewater and a monthly group for new residents at the Stein Assisted Living facility. I also provided psychotherapy to a middle aged couple and worked with a middle aged woman diagnosed with a personality disorder in addition to helping facilitate a senior mentoring training.

Student #2: I co-facilitated a social learning group for adolescents with Asperger Syndrome, as well as a monthly social club for young adults with Asperger Syndrome. Provided case management for individuals seeking assistance paying utility bill for the NJ Shares Utility Assistance Program. Conduced home visits and assessment with seniors for case management, clinical therapy and Holocaust Survivors Assistance Program. Assisted in training volunteers for the Family and Senior Mentor program.

Jewish Family and Children Service, Secure@Home

Location: Princeton, NJ

When internship completed: Second year (Clinical Social Work), Fall 2011- Spring 2012; Second year (Clinical Social Work), Fall 2013- Spring 2014. 2014-2015 (Clinical Social Work), 2013 (Clinical Social Work)

Student #1: I worked with elderly members, making contact as well as advocating for them when necessary. I also worked with these members to assess their needs and complete individual care plans.

Student # 2: My internship was with a membership-based geriatric care management program. My responsibilities included in-home reassessments, monthly contacts with members, and administrative tasks for the program. The members served are older adults aging in place. 

Student # 3: I worked with an aging-in-place program called Secure@Home which enables elder to remain living independently in their own homes by providing them with support and connections to community resources. As an intern, I made monthly contacts by phone, made home visits, helped with assessments, coordinated our volunteer service, attended interdisciplinary care conferences for clients in rehab, and provided information and referrals. I shadowed all three of the program's geriatric care managers as well as the Chaplain. I also co-facilitated a biweekly support group for caregivers under the age of 70 who care for a spouse with an age-related disease or disability. I have made brief presentations to health care professionals about the program. 

Student # 4: I worked as a care manager with United Aging and Disability Partnership clients conducting initial assessments and providing follow-up care. I also worked to create a Caregiver Support Helpline and left the agency with an Advance Directive Tool for client/care manager use. Additionally, I saw clients for traditional counseling.

JFK Medical Center Stroke Unit

Location: Edison, NJ

When internship completed: First year (Generalist), Fall,2012-Spring, 2011

My responsibilities included rapid problem identification and data collection for clients’ psychosocial assessment and treatment planning, as well as discharge planning and referrals to rehabilitation.

Martin Gerber Apartments

Location: North Brunswick, NJ

When internship completed: Second year (Clinical Social Work), Fall, 2011- Spring, 2012

I was responsible for performing resident intakes with the residents who did not have one on file, as well as new residents, schedule appointments and transportation and organize and hold activities for the residents. I would also help the residents with any other concern they came in the office for (Medicare/Medicaid, food stamps/Meals on Wheels).

Meridian Nursing and Rehabilitation at Manor by the Sea

Location: Ocean Grove, NJ

When internship completed: Second year (Clinical Social Work), Fall 2013-Spring 2014

This internship focused mainly on working with older adults, many of which above the age of 80, who were either in sub-acute rehab following a hospital stay or were admitted for long-term care to receive skilled nursing. My tasks included completing social work assessments, completing MDS assessments, scheduling and attending family meetings, setting up discharge plans, and making referrals to homecare, palliative care, or hospice care. The majority of residents were chronically ill, acutely ill, or end of life.

Monroe Village

Location: Monroe Township, NJ

When internship completed: Second year (Clinical Social Work), Fall 2011- Spring 2012

Responsibilities included (a) assessment for new residents, (b) individual counseling, (c) therapeutic groups, and (d) work with elders with dementia.

New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency

Location: Trenton, NJ 

When internship completed:Second year (Nonprofit and Public Management), Fall 2013-Spring 2014

Assessment of services for independent living program, revision of training manual, attend partnership meetings with the Division on Aging, attend aging-related training and conferences, and provided trainings to new social service coordinators.

Park Place Center, Genesis Health Care

Location: Monmouth Junction, NJ

When internship completed: Second year (Clinical Social Work), Summer 2011-Spring 2012

My primary responsibilities were to provide therapeutic and emotional support to clients and their families, link clients with community services and resources, plan discharge and do care plan meetings. In addition, I interviewed and inputted for the MDS 3.0 Brief Mental Status Exam and PHQ9 for all clients. The focal client population for PPC was older adults, as the center is a sub acute rehab and long term care facility. Exposure to clients with many different cultures, ethnicities and demographics is available within this placement.

Princeton Hospice

Location: Princeton, NJ

When internship completed: Second year (Clinical Social Work), Fall 2011- Spring 2012; Second year (Clinical Social Work), Fall 2012- Spring 2013

Student #1: I worked with older adults at the end of life. Most were between the ages of 60 and 100 years of age. I helped co-facilitate bereavement groups for spouses and family. I also aided older adults in attaining resources as well as more personal matters such as life review. I helped families and older adults to work through their worries and fears. I also did bereavement assessments and attended meetings on patients. 

Student #2: I provided supportive counseling, bereavement counseling and end-of-life planning for patients and their families who elected hospice care.  The majority of clients were elders at the end of life as well as their (often elderly) children and caregivers.  I also co-led a monthly, open bereavement group primarily attended by women aged 60+.  As part of the Fellowship in Aging, I provided in-services to hospice volunteers, hospice staff, nursing students and local nursing home staff about therapeutic touch for hospice patients.

Princeton House Senior Link Program

Location: North Brunswick, NJ

When internship completed:Second year (Clinical Social Work), Summer 2012-Spring 2013, 2014-2015 (Clinical Social Work) 

Student #1:I worked with older adults with chronic mental illness in a PHP/IOP outpatient treatment facility. Conducted group therapy and psychoeducation groups. Wrote treatment plans/case notes, served on the treatment team, conducted psychosocial assessments. Developed specific curriculum for psychoeducation groups aimed at older adults. 

Student #2:I facilitated psychotherapy and psycho-educational groups to attend to the needs that my patients required. I provided coping skills to geriatric patients struggling with loss, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, manic behaviors and social anxieties. Along with these responsibilities I developed treatment plans to correspond with the areas these individuals are struggling with and worked with patients in an individual setting as needed. Part of my job as an intern was not only to work with the patient but to work with the patients’ support network. This allowed me to provide appropriate and convenient settings for aftercare for the patient when reviewing their discharge plan. Also I gained the experience of learning about different organizations that provide support to not only the patient but the patients caregiver, such as the organization COPSA.

Raritan Bay Medical Center-- Medical Surgery Unit

Location: Old Bridge, NJ 

When internship completed: Second year (Nonprofit and Public Management)

I worked with the social worker in placing elder patients in skilled nursing facilities if they needed further rehab. I also made referrals for visiting nurse services if patients decided to return home instead of sub acute rehab. Making referrals for Meals on Wheels was another task I completed with the participation of the patients themselves. All in all, safe discharge planning was the key responsibility, making sure the patients were discharged with appropriate services in the community or other rehab centers.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Location: New Brunswick, NJ

When internship completed: Second year (Clinical Social Work), Summer 2011-Spring 2012; Second year (Clinical Social Work), Summer 2012-Spring 2013; Second year (Clinical Social Work), Summer 2013-Spring 2014, 2014-2015 (Clinical Social Work)

Student #1: I was responsible for the discharge planning of older adults. Discharge planning included sub acute and acute rehab, inpatient psychiatric treatment, and substance abuse treatment. I worked with the patients, their family members, and their caregivers in order to educate them about rehab (and other placements) as well as to provide brief counseling and crisis intervention as needed.

Student #2: My main responsibility was discharge planning on a geriatric floor which included sub-acute rehabs, long-term care placements, psychiatric placements, obtaining outpatient hemo-dialysis slot, coordination of care, etc.

Student #3: As a social work intern, I worked with the case management department on discharge planning. I met with patients and their families to develop safe discharge plans which may have included nursing home or subacute rehab placement or information about connecting with ADRC. The unit that I worked on in the hospital had a special emphasis on geriatric care. The majority of my clients were elderly patients and their caregivers.

Student #4: On 4 West at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, the focal client populations are elders with chronic illnesses and their families. I primarily assisted 4 West patient's and family members with discharge planning and supportive counseling. I was also able to address end of life issues when applicable.

Student#5: The Cancer Hospital at RWJUH is primarily adults 60+. I work with these individuals and their families by giving emotional support and links to resources, whether it be financial or home care. When patients prepare for discharge, I arrange placement to rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, or inpatient hospice care.

Student #6: The focal client population at my internship at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital was patients who ranged in age from 22-102. On a daily basis, I worked with the elderly patients who required assistance when medically cleared for discharge. This type of assistance included subacute rehab referrals, insurance concerns, hospice or palliative care referrals, psychosocials for patients on dialysis or who suffered a stroke, housing resources, adult day care, home health aides, and much more. On a daily basis I saw about ten to twenty patients. 

Student #7: I conducted individual psycho-social evaluations and discharge planning and case management. I worked as part of an interdisciplinary team collaborating and interacted with doctors and nurses and other hospital staff. I provided a support system for the client, connected clients to resources and agencies in the community, and worked with patients’ families as part of the discharge planning process.

Saint Peter's Adult DayCare Center

Location: Monroe, NJ

When internship completed:Second year (Clinical Social Work) Fall 2013-Spring 2014

Student #1: Helped do reflective listening with seniors, helped run a memory skills group, helped with activities, did some paperwork for the social worker. I also sat in on a caregiver's support group once a month.

Student #2: Intake admission, chart creation, referral to outside services, grant writing, support group facilitation, running group activities, working with families, and long-term care planning.

Saint Peter's Hospital

Location: New Brunswick, NJ

When internship completed: Second year (Clinical Social Work), Summer 2011-Spring 2012

Conducted biopsychosocial assessments of elderly patients with post-hospital care needs. Arranged discharge planning, made referrals to sub-acute and long-term care facilities. Met with patients and families to discuss safety plans after discharge. Provided supportive counseling and resources for older adults.

Saint Peter's University Comprehensive Care

Location: Monroe Township, NJ

When internship completed:2014-2015, by Clinical Social Work student

I did a combination of some clinical work, but mainly case management with families of the elderly and the elderly individuals. This work included working through and discussing the difficulty of having dementia and Alzheimer's disease with the clients and their families. I also assessed Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs) to determine clients’ needs. I provided brief supportive counseling and helped clients with strategic planning.

Saint Francis Counseling Center

Location: Long Beach, NJ

When internship completed: Second year (Clinical Social Work), Fall 2012 - Spring 2013

I was responsible for providing therapy to individuals, couples and families.  Clients included the elderly, individuals dealing with difficult medical diagnoses, grief, and caregiving.  In addition, I co-facilitated a group of seniors affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Seabrook Village

Location: Tinton Falls, NJ

When internship completed: 2014-2015, by Clinical Work Study student

My tasks included the following: updating clinical notes in VISION; maintaining caseload through weekly resident visits; assisting Social Work Manager in group sessions; distributing and communicating important information to residents; observing pre-residency interviews and independent living scales; and implementing and identifying areas of growth for agency.

Stress Care of NJ

Location: Matawan, NJ

When internship completed: 2014-2015, by Clinical Work Study student

The focal population was adults with mental health diagnosis and/or substance use. Tasks included: Co-facilitate psychoeducation and psychotherapy groups. Assist with intake assessments, developing a treatment plan, meeting individually with a client, meeting with a client and their family or loved one. Develop a handbook for IOP and PHP clients. Develop a brochure for all services. Outreach to other facilities/hospitals/private practices. Call insurances for authorizations and eligibility.

VA Hospital, Lyons Campus

Location: Lyons, NJ

When internship completed: 2013-2015, by MAP Student

I provided support to aging veterans who resided in either the nursing home and/or domiciliary unit located at Lyons Veteran Hospital. I completed grant and funding efforts to support non-profit agency within VA, completed discharge planning, facilitated support group for aging veterans and family, and provided vocational counseling for select veterans. Target population ranged from 65 to 94 years of age.

Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey in Middlesex County

Location: North Brunswick, NJ

When internship completed:Second year (Clinical Social Work), June 2013 - April 2014

The focal group I worked with was elders at end of life and their family. I conducted home visits to elderly hospice patients and provided supportive counseling to them as well as their family caregivers. I followed up with patient's families for bereavement visits and co-facilitated a spousal bereavement support group. I became familiar with the community resources in Middlesex County for the aging and referred adults to programs such as meals on wheels, dial-a-ride, PAAD and caregiver support groups.

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