Social Work Today January/February 2018

About the Course:

Understanding Depression and Aging – Guidance for Social Workers
Many assume that depression is a normal part of aging, but it isn’t. This assumption can result in depression in aging individuals being underdiagnosed and undertreated.

Reevaluating the 12-Step Model Legacy
The 12-Step peer support model has helped millions of people, but a social worker addictions specialist takes another look and finds some limitations.

Mental Health and Cancer
A cancer diagnosis can be devastating to those with preexisting mental health conditions and those with no history. Both require social workers to be prepared to help patients navigate this challenging time in their lives.


Great Valley Publishing

Publication Date:

January/February 2018


Lauren Snedeker, LMSW; Kerianne Johnstin Guth, MSW; Sue Coyle, MSW

About the Authors:

Lauren Snedeker, LMSW, is a licensed social worker with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

Kerianne Johnstin Guth, MSW, is administrative director of addiction medicine services at Cooper University Health Care in Camden, NJ.

Sue Coyle, MSW, is an award-winning freelance writer, a social worker in the Philadelphia suburbs, and a frequent contributor to Social Work Today.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for social workers, psychologists, counselors, and health care professionals who seek knowledge about mental health care. It is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Discuss the misconceptions about depression in older adults.

  2. Describe how some elements of the 12-Step recovery model present challenges to individuals in recovery.

  3. Explain the mental health risks of individuals being treated for cancer.

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Course Number: 102268
Credit Hours: 1cr
Exam Fee: $17.00
Format: Social Work Today Magazine
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