Geriatric Social Workers of Southeast Michigan



Meetings and Events

Upcoming events

    • 09 Apr 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Bickford Assisted Living & Memory Care


    Geriatric Social Workers of S.E. Michigan
    Wayne County Chapter 

    2nd Quarter - April 2020 Meeting

    Personal Safety and Self-Defense in Social Work: A Multi-Faceted Approach to In-home Patient Care Safety

    Presented by

    Tanya Panizzo, Owner of Fighting Spirit Personal Safety

    After attending this educational session, you will:

    Be able to provide a baseline of options to reduce the risk of violence in the social work environment and to inspire employees to further their safety training by taking more self-defense skills classes.

    Hosted by

    Bickford Assisted Living & Memory Care

    5969 N. Canton Center Rd., Canton, MI  48187

    The Geriatric Social Workers of Southeast Michigan is an approved provider

    with the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative.

    Qualified attendees are eligible for 1 CEU. 

    Thursday, April 9, 2020

    8:00 am – 10:00 am

    Coffee and Continental Breakfast will be served.

    Please register for event at

    Free to Paid GSWSM Members; Guest Fee $10.00

    • 16 Apr 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Resurrection Cemetery


    GSWSM of

    Macomb County 

    Facing DEATH: the FACTS won't KILL you! - myths and  misconceptions


      Derek Foster

    Social work has an important role in the delivery of meaningful palliative, end of life and bereavement care. Some social workers are Hospice and palliative care social workers, working in services which specialize in this area of support. All social workers will encounter people who are experiencing loss, the end of life or bereavement. The aging of our population and the continued advancement of medicine will only intensify the need for end-of-life medical decision making and increase the need for appropriate social work involvement. Helping Social Workers explain and identify requirements needed for "end of life" planning and preparation is essential, especially when patients are near death, and at a highly emotional and chaotic state or not mobile. Social Workers provide guidance and information to those who are severely ill or facing imminent death. Our course provides the necessary information for Social Workers to assist their patients, answering questions and concerns surrounding cremation, ground burial, green burial, and other cemetery provisions, including support services such as Grief Counseling for surviving family members.

    "The Geriatric Social Workers of Southeast Michigan is an approved provider with the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative.  Approved Provider Number: MICEC0071.

    Qualified attendees are eligible for 1.0 CEU.

    Location – Date - Time

    Resurrection Cemetery

    18201 Clinton River Rd

    Clinton Twp, MI 48038

    (Enter off of Clinton River Road and follow the lawn signs to the Chapel)

    Thursday, April 16th, 2020

    8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Registration & Networking

    8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Introductions and membership information

    9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Presentation

    10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Evaluations, Sign-out & Networking

     Seating is limited; please register online at

    Guest Fee $10.00/Members Free

    We will be having Elections for Board Members at this meeting. The following positions are open. Co-Chair – Needs to be a licensed Social Worker and Membership. Please contact  Karen Adair at if you are interested in being on the ballot.

    “Geriatric Social Workers of Southeast Michigan is dedicated to promoting the specialized field of Geriatric Social Work through the provision of professional development and educational programming.  We believe in supporting geriatric social workers through networking and in upholding the NASW Code of Ethics.”

Past events

11 Feb 2020 Dementia/Sexuality and Competency
06 Feb 2020 Sleep Does More Than You Think; It Cleans and Rewires Your Brain!
16 Jan 2020 The Opioid Epidemic and Current Drug Trends in SE Michigan and across the U.S.
16 Jan 2020 Regulations for psychotropic medications in the elderly
09 Jan 2020 Adult Protective Services
19 Dec 2019 Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Services
07 Nov 2019 Let’s Talk Ethics!: Marijuana and Pain Management
15 Oct 2019 Sexuality & Aging
10 Oct 2019 Interfaith Approaches to Promoting Health and Fostering Hope
19 Sep 2019 Recreational Therapy and therapeutic activities for seniors
01 Aug 2019 Facing Death: The Facts Won’t Kill You! - Myths & Misconceptions
18 Jul 2019 Advance Care Planning: Removing the Barrier!
16 Jul 2019 Demystifying APS
11 Jul 2019 Making Difficult Decisions: When Siblings Disagree
20 Jun 2019 LGBT Older Adults: A Step Forward in Understanding
21 May 2019 Elder Law Issues
02 May 2019 Recognizing and Preventing Financial Exploitation of Seniors
25 Apr 2019 Food or Foe: The Importance of Whole Food Nutrition
11 Apr 2019 Beyond VA Aid & Attendance, Other VA Benefits for Elderly Veterans
21 Mar 2019 Chaos to Calm: Are there any positives or will I die trying to find out
19 Mar 2019 Support LGBT Older Adults
07 Feb 2019 LGBT Older Adults: A Step Forward in Understanding
17 Jan 2019 Facing DEATH: the FACTS won't KILL you! - myths and Misconceptions
17 Jan 2019 Mental Health and Sexuality Concerns with the Elderly
15 Jan 2019 Substance Use in Older Adults
10 Jan 2019 Is Ketamine Getting on Your Nerves?
13 Dec 2018 The Difference between Hospice and Palliative Care
01 Nov 2018 Violence in the Workplace
18 Oct 2018 Caregiving Survival
18 Oct 2018 An Introduction to Art Therapy (a basic overview of the field of art therapy, including a hands-on art experiential focused on self-care.
16 Oct 2018 Senior Bullying
11 Oct 2018 Empathy
16 Aug 2018 Pain Management with the Elderly (1.0 Pain CECH)
09 Aug 2018 Culturally Competent Care: A Cornerstone of Caring
02 Aug 2018 Internet Addiction
17 Jul 2018 Capacity, Decision-making & Self Determination
12 Jul 2018 Stress and Older Adults
19 Jun 2018 Opioids – Updates and things you need to know about the new laws
17 May 2018 Veterans Benefits and Who Qualifies
03 May 2018 Updates to NASW Code of Ethics: Effective January 1, 2018
17 Apr 2018 Navigating Medicaid/VA Benefits
12 Apr 2018 Essential Oils in Assisted Living and Memory Care
15 Mar 2018 TBD
01 Feb 2018 Understanding the Funeral Process
18 Jan 2018 Drug and Alcohol Problems in the Aging Population
18 Jan 2018 Medical Model of Care through Genesys PACE
16 Jan 2018 Mindfulness for Professionals
11 Jan 2018 Crimes​ ​Against​ ​the​ ​Elderly
14 Dec 2017 A Victim-Centered Approach to Human Trafficking
02 Nov 2017 Michigan Guardianship 101
25 Oct 2017 Creating a Lifeline & Suicide in the Elderly
19 Oct 2017 "Mediation - Who Should Use It? Why it Works?
17 Oct 2017 Psychotropic Use in Older Adults
12 Oct 2017 Medicare​ ​and​ ​Medicaid​ ​Secrets​ ​that​ ​get​ ​your​ ​clients back​ ​Home
17 Aug 2017 Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program" presented by VAAA (Valley Area Agency on Aging) representative
03 Aug 2017 Success After Financial Exploitation (SAFE)
20 Jul 2017 PREVNT Preventing Elder & Vulnerable Adult Abuse, Neglect, and Financial Exploitation
18 Jul 2017 Clutter & Chaos: An Introduction to hoarding and older adults
13 Jul 2017 Working with Elderly on Grief and Loss Objectives
18 May 2017 The Power of Adjuvants-a general lecture on pain and medication
04 May 2017 Aging and Addiction: Why should we assess Older Adults for Addiction?
18 Apr 2017 Ethical Considerations for Advanced Care Planning
13 Apr 2017 Human Trafficking
12 Apr 2017 Human Trafficking
16 Mar 2017 Social Workers Stand Up: Be Empowered
02 Feb 2017 Human Trafficking 101
20 Jan 2017 Sexuality and Aging
19 Jan 2017 Do you know what SAGE stands for?
19 Jan 2017 Mind, Body & Spirit through Genesys PACE
12 Jan 2017 Life Care Planning: A Comprehensive Approach to Elder Law
15 Dec 2016 The Science of Hope - Progress Towards a World Without Alzheimer's
03 Nov 2016 Tips, Tricks and Tools to help Navigate Health and Aging Issues
21 Oct 2016 Non-Pharmacological Approaches to Working with Anxiety and Depression
20 Oct 2016 Is Ketamine Getting on Your Nerves
20 Oct 2016 Sexuality and the Older Adult in Care Facilities
13 Oct 2016 Nutrition for Older Adults
18 Aug 2016 Advanced Care Planning and completing an Advance Directive
04 Aug 2016 Don’t Let Your Stress Manage You
21 Jul 2016 Understanding Hoarding Behaviors in Utilizing Harm Reduction Strategies
15 Jul 2016 Balancing Risk & Autonomy: Ethical Dilemmas for Social Workers
14 Jul 2016 It's Like Talking to a Brick Wall
19 May 2016 Is Ketamine Getting on Your Nerves?
05 May 2016 Cognitive Wellness Program: Maintaining Brain Health
22 Apr 2016 Validation Therapy
21 Apr 2016 It's like talking to a brick wall
14 Apr 2016 MI Health Link Presentation
17 Mar 2016 Celebrating Social Work month & MEDICAID BASICS AND TIPS
04 Feb 2016 The Science of Hope; Progress toward a World without Alzheimer’s Disease
21 Jan 2016 The Evolving World of Pain Management
21 Jan 2016 The Role of the Social Worker in Care Coordination
07 Jan 2016 Identity Theft
17 Dec 2015 Proactive Caregiving
05 Nov 2015 Older Adults and Nutrition
22 Oct 2015 Professional Boundaries: An Ethical Imperative
15 Oct 2015 CANCELLED : Pain Management in an Adversarial Environment
08 Oct 2015 Addressing Unique Sexual Health Considerations for the Older Adult Population
20 Aug 2015 Dementia Recovery Part 4
06 Aug 2015 Preventing Suicide in Older adults
16 Jul 2015 Ethics and the Older Adult
09 Jul 2015 Mental Health Services in the Senior Client
07 May 2015 Motivational Interviewing With Older Adults
16 Apr 2015 “ELDER DEPRESSION & SUICIDE: What’s Going On?
09 Apr 2015 Emergency Rooms and Dementia Patient
05 Feb 2015 Legal Update Regarding Medicare and Medicaid Benefits
15 Jan 2015 Working Out Interpersonal Conflicts Among Older Adults
08 Jan 2015 LIFE IS A ZOO
04 Dec 2014 De-stressing for the Holidays
23 Oct 2014 Dementia Recovery Part 3
16 Oct 2014 Geriatric Pain Management
09 Oct 2014 Let’s All Try To Get Along: Working Out Interpersonal Conflicts Among Older Adults
14 Aug 2014 What is Palliative Care as Opposed to Hospice Care?
07 Aug 2014 Ethics and End of Life Challenges
10 Jul 2014 Inspiring Patient Engagement in the Health care Experience
10 Jul 2014 TBD
19 Jun 2014 Communication: Fright, Fight or Freeze by Kathryn Bartz
13 May 2014 Communication - Fight? Flight? Or Freeze?
01 May 2014 Pain management
10 Apr 2014 What is the PACE program?
13 Mar 2014 Identifying and Reporting Human Trafficking, It’s Everyone’s Responsibility
06 Feb 2014 Substance Abuse and Older Adults
14 Jan 2014 Guardianships, Reviews, Conservatorships and their roles
07 Nov 2013 Dementia with Agitation: What you need to know
07 Nov 2013 Elections
10 Oct 2013 Leadership: Who Would You Follow Into Battle??
01 Aug 2013 The Affordable Care Act
11 Jul 2013 Hospice and Palliative Care
02 May 2013 Overview of Parkinson’s Disease
11 Apr 2013 Is Laughter the best Medicine
07 Feb 2013 The Big Hurt: Total Pain and the Therapeutic Role of Social Work
10 Jan 2013 Elder Law Bootcamp for Social Workers
13 Nov 2012 Healthy Relationships, Healthy Boundaries
08 Nov 2012 Educating Professionals on how to Address the Needs of the Aging LGBT Community
11 Oct 2012 Impact of ethics in caregiving for an Alzheimer’s patient
13 Sep 2012 Strategies for Treating Memory Loss
02 Aug 2012 Medication Interactions in Older Adults: What you need to know
12 Jul 2012 Intergrated Care & Dual Eligibles for Medicare & Medicaid
12 Jul 2012 TBD
10 Jul 2012 Overview of Parkinson’s Disease
10 May 2012 The Dementia Caregivers Toolbox
03 May 2012 MI STA*AR-State Action of Avoidable Rehospitalizations
24 Apr 2012 When Words are Not Enough
12 Apr 2012 Who would you follow into battle?
13 Mar 2012 Social Workers Help People Get Back On Track
02 Feb 2012 Mental Health 101: The Basics
12 Jan 2012 Wellness Superhero’s
03 Nov 2011 Elder Abuse – What You Need To Know
13 Oct 2011 Life after CVA (Cerebrovascular Accident) AKA Stroke
12 Oct 2011 CopingWith Guilt: Helping Families Face Change
04 Aug 2011 Strategies to Treat Memory Loss
14 Jul 2011 Medicare Hospice Benefits
05 May 2011 Clutter and Chaos: An Introduction to Chronic Disorganization & Hoarding
23 Mar 2011 Elder Abuse and the Depedent Adult
03 Feb 2011 Compassion Fatigue
13 Jan 2011 Living with Bipolar Disorder
08 Dec 2010 Keep Your Caseload Information in Check
04 Nov 2010 Pain in the Elderly: Myths, Facts and Barriers
22 Sep 2010 Sandwich Generation: A Generation caught between two others
05 Aug 2010 Understanding Alzheimer’s and When Hospice Can Help
08 Jul 2010 Communicating End of Life Issues
23 Jun 2010 Intimacy, Sexuality and Dementia
06 May 2010 Living with Bipolar Disorder
23 Apr 2010 Intimacy, Sexuality and Dignity with the Dementia Client.
24 Mar 2010 Livingston/Washtenaw County - Understanding Veterans Benefits
04 Feb 2010 GSWSM Oakland Winter Meeting
15 Jan 2010 First Genesee Chapter of the Geriatric Social Workers
09 Dec 2009 Livingston/Washtenaw County - Dementia and the Effects of Medications Used
05 Nov 2009 GSWSM Oakland County - Communicating with Difficult Families
08 Oct 2009 GSWSM Wayne County Meeting October 8th - TBD
06 Aug 2009 GSWSM Oakland County - Providing Culturally Competent Care to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender
09 Jul 2009 Wayne County - Applying for and Obtaining Disability Benefits as well as Medicare
05 Feb 2009 Intimacy, Sexuality and Dementia
07 Aug 2008 Geriatric Mental Health Assessment: Tools, Techniques & Process
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