Statistics Canada 2016 census data confirms that there are now more seniors than children in Canada. Working with older adults is a new reality for Social Workers. Designed to expand existing social work knowledge and skills to address the needs of this growing population, OASW is proud to present the online certificate: Advanced Social Work with Older Adults. Program includes 6 three-hour modules on engaging topics:

January 6 - 19, 2020
Module 1: Normal Aging & Geriatric Syndromes/Conditions

January 20 - February 2, 2020
Module 2: Geriatric Assessment & Screening Tools

February 3 - 16, 2020
Module 3: Mental Health & Practice Implications

February 17 - March 2, 2020
Module 4: Ethics & Care

March 3 - 15, 2020
Module 5: Policy & Macro Perspectives

March 16 - 29, 2020
Module 6: Pharmacology 

March 30 - April 12, 2020
Course Wrap-up (Complete Outstanding Assignments)

Registration has ended.


Course Pricing

$500 Early Bird Member
$550 Member
$650 Non-Member* or Out-of-Province RSW

*Optional FREE 1-year OASW Membership Included for Ontario RSWs

Course Faculty


Adriana Shnall, PhD, RSW, is the Manager and Professional Practice Chief for Social Work and Manager for the Koschitzky Family Caregiver Centre at Baycrest Health Sciences, Adriana has 25 years of gerontological clinical practice including outpatient community services, long term care, and inpatient and outpatient services. Adriana received both her MSW and her PhD from the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (FIFSW), University of Toronto. Adriana has an academic appointment with the Faculty at the rank of Assistant Professor, Status Only, and teaches at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and at the Institute for the Life Course and Aging, University of Toronto. She is also an Interprofessional Educator (IPE), and is the Chair of the Caregiving Committee for the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE). Adriana integrates clinical practice, education and research interests in the areas of caregiving and gerontology.

Colleen McMillan, MSW, RSW, PhD is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Work at Renison University College and Cross Appointed with the School of Pharmacy, Applied Health Sciences and Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University. She advocates for practicing across the spectrum of clinical, community, policy and research in social work with interprofessional colleagues. Dr. McMillan supports interdisciplinary teaching through her course delivery in the School of Pharmacy, University of Waterloo, and McMaster Department of Family Medicine. She was recognized as a 2014 Inspirational Leader of the Ontario Association of Social Workers, and was the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Interprofessional Preceptor in Family Medicine, McMaster University, Department of Family Medicine and University of Waterloo Teaching Award in 2015. Colleen was recently awarded the Emerging Scholar Mentorship Grant from the Network for Aging Research by the Institute for Aging at the University of Waterloo. She holds a weekly Mental Health Clinic with a Family Health Team. 

Joyce Hamelin, MSW, RSW, has been practicing in the Ottawa area for 30 years, Joyce has worked in a variety of social work positions with individuals and families across the lifespan. Presently, and for the past 13 years, Joyce holds a full-time position as a Geriatric Assessor with the Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario. As such, she has developed skills in completing in-home, geriatric assessments; and providing supportive interventions to her older adult clients and their caregivers, as a member of a multidisciplinary Geriatric Outreach Assessment team. Joyce has been pursuing her interest in teaching/public speaking for the past 15 years. She has been a Professor at Algonquin College in Ottawa, teaching a variety of subjects in the Department of Social Sciences, both in the classroom and now with online virtual classrooms. Currently, Joyce is an online facilitator, teaching Psychology and Communication and Interpersonal Skills with Dementia Care Clients. The focus of intervention is the optimizing of independence, by promoting health and safety in the home and community settings.

Julie Foley, MSW, RSW is a prominent leader and clinician with 30 years of wide-ranging experience in community health, charitable health and social service sectors. She served as Executive Director of the Family Counselling Centre in Sarnia (1985-1993; Director of the Family Service Association's Placement Coordination Service in Toronto (1994 to 1997); CEO of the Scarborough Community Care Access Centre (1997-2006); Executive Lead (secondment) for the Integrated Client Care Project, RAI-HC (OACCAC) for the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for two years; and President and CEO of Osteoporosis Canada (2007-2010). Julie currently consults with various organizations. Julie has served with distinction as a volunteer with numerous local, provincial, national and international boards including: President of CASW (1993-1997); member of the OASW Board of Directors; Vice-President for North America with the International Federation of Social Workers; Co-Chair, International Federation of Social Workers' Conference (Montreal, 2000); Chair of the Federated Health Charities and a member of the Executive Committee of the Health Charities Coalition of Canada; Board member, Centre for Mindfulness Studies; and Alzheimer Societies (Toronto and National) volunteer spokesperson. Julie received the CASW Outstanding Social Worker Award in 2002 and, in 2013, was the recipient of the OASW Beverley Antle Leadership Award.

Linda Wright, MHSc, MSW, is a Bioethicist, Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Surgery and Member, Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto. Linda is also a researcher with the Canadian National Transplant Research Programme. Her primary research focus is on the ethical issues raised by organ and tissue donation and transplantation. She lectures nationally and internationally on this subject, and has authored 16 book chapters and 35 peer reviewed articles in academic journals. Linda reviews for several medical and bioethics journals and is ethics section editor of Progress in Transplantation. Linda is a member of the ethics committees of the Canadian Society of Transplantation and of Canadian Blood Services and co-chair of the ethics committee of Ontario’s Trillium Gift of Life Network. Linda holds degrees in Sociology (Liverpool University, England), Social Work (McGill University, Montreal) and Bioethics (University of Toronto) and a fellowship in Bioethics from Mount Sinai Hospital and the Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto. Prior to her career in Bioethics, Linda worked as a social worker in childcare and medical settings. Linda retired in December 2015 from her position as Director of Bioethics for the University Health Network, Toronto where she led the Bioethics programme for 12 years. Since that time, Linda continues her research, teaching and committee activities.

Jennifer Tung, B.Sc., PharmD, is a geriatric pharmacist, and founding team member of GeriMedRisk, an Ontario interdisciplinary telemedicine geriatric clinical pharmacology consultation service. She is also a practicing pharmacist at Grand River Hospital. Her previous experiences include drug information and clinical research. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of British Columbia and her Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from the University of Toronto. She completed a hospital pharmacy residency at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton.