Professional Competencies

The competencies are arranged in three major categories: Professional action, knowledge about elders and others in relation to elders, and generic tools of analysis and action

PROFESSIONAL ACTION

Helping elders and their families to meet their needs

  • Define individual needs through collaboration
  • Select and adapt appropriate solution strategies
  • Implement and evaluate solution strategies
  • Locate and establish communication with elders who have unmet needs
  • Identify and document common problems and needs of clients which suggest need for program, policy, or legislative change.

Community mobilization

  • Involve others in initiating and sustaining change
  • Provide technical assistance to groups in development of their plans of action
  • Mobilize and coordinate the use of resources to address a need or problem, including promotion of natural helping networks
  • Facilitate conflict resolution within and between groups and organizations
  • Propose and advocate policy, program and legislative change

Planning and program development

  • Obtain relevant information
  • Analyze information
  • Design a policy/program/service modification or innovation
  • Evaluate a program element in operation

Education

  • Utilize elders as resources/advisors in the development of teaching/training programs
  • Assess training/educational needs and interests of target groups
  • Choose and carry out a variety of teaching techniques appropriate to target group
  • Get target group to participate
  • Organize and coordinate training/educational programs
  • Analyze the potential advantages of and barriers to cooperative training efforts among agencies and organizations

Administration

  • General structure and process, including budget development and fiscal control
  • Personnel management
  • Establish linkages between own and other agencies to coordinate and improve service delivery
  • Self-management
  • Information dissemination

THE ELDER, AND OTHERS IN RELATION TO THE ELDER

  • Health
  • Psychological and behavioral processes
  • Social structure and relationships
  • Consumer of services, advocate for services, service resource
  • Leisure
  • Ecology (living environments,transportation, crime, etc)
  • Parallel integrative activities

GENERIC TOOLS OF ANALYSIS AND ACTION

  • Communication
  • Research methodology
  • Problem solving
  • Sensitivity/awareness
  • Versatility in learning