About the Author(s)
Barbara Berkman is the Helen Rehr/Ruth Fizdale Professor of Health and Mental Health at Columbia University School of Social Work, and Principal Investigator and National Director of the Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholars Program. In recognition of her research and practice in social work and geriatric health care, she has been named a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and of the New York Academy of Medicine.
"This is a valuable resource, authored by the leaders in social work education and social work practice in health care and aging. The Handbook is the first of its kind, integrating policy, practice, and research in an effective manner. It charts the practice arena of today while laying the roadmap for enhancing the quality of life for older adults and their families. From my vantage point, the Handbook is a much needed addition to our knowledge base for practice."--Frank R. Baskind, Professor and Dean, School of Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University
"This handbook is a truly monumental achievement: authoritative, wide-ranging, comprehensive, rigorous, integrative and, above all, practice-friendly and policy-friendly. Its authors and editorial board constitute a veritable pantheon--both present and future--of the best scholars and educators in gerontological social work. Convincingly demonstrating how social work with aging and elderly persons is central to all of social work education and practice, this definitive compendium is must reading for anyone who is interested in aging and social work."--Ronald A. Feldman, Ruth Harris Ottman Centennial Professor for the Advancement of Social Work Education and Director, Center for the Study of Social Work Practice, Columbia University School of Social Work
"An excellent teaching resource for bachelor's and master's social work classes in geriatric assessment, interventions, resource networks, therapy, advocacy, policy, international social work, and research...The Handbook is comprehensive, concise, current, and readable."--PsycCRITIQUES
"This monumental text fills a void not only in the literature...but also in the education of social workers who typically do not receive adequate training in gerontology in university social work programs...Berkman is to be commended for compiling a rigorous and extensive resource that will appeal to not only gerontological social wrokers but all social workers who come into contact with older adults in their practice as well as other professionals who are committed to improving the quality of life for older adults and their loved ones."--International Social Work