Mission and Goals


The overarching mission of the CalSWEC Aging Initiative is the development of a well-trained and culturally diverse workforce to meet the needs of older Californians and their families.

The initiative:

  • promotes the development and dissemination of gerontological social work curriculum;
  • promotes training of social workers serving older adults and adults with disabilities;
  • supports practice-oriented research in aging, health, and mental health;
  • stimulates and seeks funding for capacity development; and
  • advocates for policies and legislation that enhance service provision to improve quality of life for aging Californians and their families.


The mission is accomplished through the achievement of the following goals:

  1. Create and maintain a partnership of key stakeholders representing:
    • public and private education and service provider communities,
    • appropriate state, county, and local agencies,
    • representatives of older adults, families, and caregivers
    • key stakeholder groups, and
    • the private sector.

  2. Develop and implement a statewide workforce development strategy for geriatric/gerontological social work that includes specific strategies to:
    • advocate for and seek sustainable funding for aging workforce training,
    • build capacity,
    • create incentives,
    • attract students, and
    • improve the diversity of the workforce.

  3. Expand competency-based geriatric/gerontological curriculum and specialization in California graduate schools of social work, and encourage the development of a full continuum of competency-based geriatric/gerontological training and education programs at every level of education from high school through doctorate degree as well as for use as employee in-service training.

  4. Advocate for and advance programs, policies, and legislation that support and fund the growing need to:
    • recruit and retain diverse, professionally trained geriatric/gerontological social workers,
    • further train existing workers employed in aging services agencies, 
    • improve quality of life and support needs of older adults and their families, 
    • utilize input from diverse aging consumer stakeholders in the process,
    • secure funding and lead and/or guide programs to achieve Goals 1, 2, and 3,  above, and
    • develop and contribute to legislative initiatives to further workforce development for older adults and families.

  5. Support research in aging, health, and mental/behavioral health to advance best-practices knowledge development.