UMaine Penobscot Valley Senior College
Affiliated with the statewide Maine Senior College Network and the UMaine Center on Aging, Penobscot Valley Senior College offers non-credit courses and other learning opportunities for area residents 50 years and over. With “learning for the fun of it” as its motto, PVSC provides opportunities for learning, social interaction, and intellectual stimulation with no requirement for college degrees, tests, or grades. Volunteer members plan and teach weekly two-hour sessions for six weeks each fall and spring. Membership dues and course fees are minimal.
Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education at the University of Maine and the Program in Leadership in Rural Gerontological Practice
The goal of these joint programs is to increase the number of students who specialize in working with older adults, especially in small towns and rural communities. Ultimately, the goal is to increase the number of social workers to be leaders in the field of aging in the state of Maine and other rural regions of the nation. The program is founded on the belief that the practice community must, of necessity, respond to changing needs in the community more quickly than academia. Therefore, to educate students effectively, both the community agencies and practitioners and academe must work together as educational partners. The benefits of a university-community partnership will have a transforming effect on social work education in geriatrics.
Interprofessional Graduate Certificate in Gerontology
The Interprofessional Graduate Certificate in Gerontology at the University of Maine is a 3-course, 9-credit, program offered on-line. It is designed to increase the knowledge, skills, and abilities of health and human service professionals who provide care to older adults and their caregivers in various settings. The curriculum, offered via distance-education technology, meets the needs of working professionals everywhere, who, because of the rapidly aging population, find themselves caring for a growing number of older adults.
Annual Maine Geriatrics Conference
This annual 3-day conference program sponsored by a partnership of Maine organizations including the UMaine Center on Aging is geared to a wide range of health care providers including nurses, physicians, social workers, nursing facility administrators, physician assistants, psychologists, certified nursing assistants, mental health practitioners, occupational and physical therapists, and substance abuse counselors. The conference is held in Bar Harbor, Maine every June.
University of Maine Clinical Geriatrics Colloquium
Held yearly in the fall, the Colloquium brings together students and practitioners to learn about contemporary issues in clinical geriatrics. The conference is planned by the University of Maine School of Social Work and the University of Maine Center on Aging.
Grandfamilies Certificate Program
The University of Maine Center on Aging has created a certificate program providing core education, technical support, and leadership development for professionals delivering grandfamily and kinship programming across the country. Funding for the Certificate in Grandfamilies Leadership is provided by the Brookdale Foundation Group.
This online certificate program is comprised of 9 modules delivered over a 12-week period using a cohort model. The curriculum will meet the needs of working professionals working in a variety of social services providing supports to grandfamilies or who find they are working with extended family members who are raising another family member’s child or children and are seeking specialized training to meet the unique needs of these families.