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According to the Geriatric Social Work Competency Scale II there are numerous skills I would gain as a beginning practitioner in the field of aging/gerontology. The scale is used to access skills in order to evaluate what is necessary in order to effectively work with and advocateon behalf of aging adults and their families. The first part of the scale focuses on theoretical perspectives as well as values and ethics. Skills relevant to attain in this section include assessment and ability to address values and certain biases regardless of aging. Another skill includes Relating social work perspectives and theories into practice with the patient. Another area of the scale focuses on intervention and how as a social worker in this field I would develop the skill of building rapport in order to maintain an effective working relationship not only with the patient but with the family members as well. Another skill I would learn would be utilizing group interventions as well as enhancing coping capacities and even mediation. Another sale 3
APPLICATION OF PSYCHOSOCIAL THEORY TO GERONTOLOGY SYSTEMS area deals with aging services, programs and policies which will enable me to adapt organizational procedures and identify strategies to address service gaps. Finally, the scale asses’ leadership in the aging environment. Skills that fall under this competency include advocacy, collaboration, analyzation and the ability to promote resources such as resource to enhance the effectiveness of the service and care of this field of social work practice. After watching the video and completing this assignment I can honestly say that though itis an impactful and rewarding field I do not have an interest with working with seniors or the elderly. Social work in this field takes a lot of mental strain because you are not only advocating