This unpaid internship provides students with an opportunity for first-hand accounts and comprehensive knowledge in the inner workings of the Centre County Office of Aging. Centre County provides training programs and opportunities for professional development by using up-to-date resources/equipment to assist employees and interns in the performance of daily duties.
Typical student internships include opportunities to observe the following:
- Observe daily operations of Case Management and Abuse Investigative Departments.
- Witness Court proceedings including emergency interventions and guardianships.
- Experience unit functions within Case Management, Protective Services, Senior Centers, Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), and Ombudsman/PA-Medi.
- Gain first-hand experience on how Case Managers and Abuse Investigators work with Older Adults in the field.
- Observe use of Needs Assessment screening tools.
- Learn about Centre County’s Cross System Collaboration Process.
- Learn about Community projects throughout the county.
Different Learning Objectives to Expect
- Learn about community resources available to older adults.
- Centre County specific resources but also a general knowledge of the types of resources different communities offer.
- Attend Home Visits and Facility visits with Case Managers to complete Assessments for needs, services, and safety.
- Shadow case managers and learning how to complete the basic assessment.
- Be shadowed while completing the engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation process.
- Implement prevention interventions that enhance client capacities.
- Effectively utilize engagement and listening skills to gather the necessary information to complete a comprehensive assessment of the OA’s situation.
- Advocate for all of the Older Adult’s needs.
- Practice assessing the Older Adult’s strengths and limitations.
- Demonstrate effective oral and written communication in working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and colleagues.
- Observe abuse investigation visits with the Protective Services workers.
- Understand the Older Adult Protective Services Act and how it is implemented within this agency.
- Review cases and understand the different ethical conflicts and decisions presented within each case.
- Gain the ability to recognize the extent to which a culture’s structures and values may oppress, marginalize, alienate, or create or enhance privilege and power.
- Observe how Abuse and Neglect does not discriminate and affects all people despite, race, socio-economic status, gender, age etc.
- Observe court interventions and hearings and how a Caseworker would testify.
- Identify and understand personal bias.
- Observe how professional roles and boundaries are challenged and managed regularly.
- Observe and practice professional boundaries in the field.
- Practice professional demeanor in behavior, appearance, and communication.
- Meet with different peers in the AAA office and meet regularly with the Internship supervisor to complete “check-ins”.
- Research Human Development of Older Adults and identify activities to meet the needs and to support this life stage.
- Plan a unique program that is educational and enjoyable for participants.
- Present programming in a professional and collaborative way to participants.
- Receive feedback from participants and center manager to reflect upon experience.
- Learn how to engage with older adults and build rapport while still implementing professional and emotional boundaries.
- Practice facilitating a group.
For more information Contact
|Sheera J. Corrigan|
Protective Services Supervisor / Internship Coordinator