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Baskin, Frank E.

Senior Faculty
M.S.W.
University of Michigan
Boston
School Affiliation

Cambridge College School of Undergraduate Studies

Academic Focus

Aging and elders

Community Involvement
  • Mr. Baskin began his pre-professional career as an overnight camp counselor for six years including several years at a camp for physically handicapped children and adults and a summer with emotionally disturbed acting out boys.
  • He has been an instructor at the Eastern Cooperative Recreation School(ECRS) in Creative Drama, Small Scenes(theatre), Facilitating Groups and  Leadership training courses
  • He is also involved with Temple Emanuel in Lowell MA where he is a member of the Ritual Committee and chair of the Social Action Committee.
  • Coordinator of annual conference about elder behavioral health in Massachusetts
  • Coordinator of legislative breakfasts for Non-Profit Association of Greater Lowell MA.
  • Member of Greater Lowell Interfaith Leadership Alliance.
Courses Taught
  • Psychology of Aging
  • Themes in Adult Development
  • Groups and Social Psychology
Education

M.S.W. - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

B.S. - Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Professional Credentials

  • MSW
  • LICSW
Professional Experience
  • Clinical practice with elders and their families
  • Geriatric case management
  • Nursing home consultant
  • Developed and coordinates web sites on elder mental health
  • Schwartz Center facilitator

Accomplishments

  • Developed model job description and practice standards for nursing home social workers in Massachusetts
  • Author of "Ask Frank" articles on public policy issues about elder care
  • Writes social policy articles on web site for geriatric care managers
  • Led successful effort to raise PNBA for nursing/rest home residents
  • Develop and implement procedures for social services at a geriatric hospital
  • Contributed to national Red Cross nurse aide training program
  • Developed long range plan for elder home care agency
  • Developed survey on elder mental health coalitions in U.S., and on nursing home discharges to shelters
  • Led development of proposal for elder behavioral health services
Awards & Recognitions
  • Advocacy Award - Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley
  • Geriatric Care Manager of the Year - New England Chapter NAPGCM
  • Greatest Contribution to Social Work Practice - NASW Mass. chapter
Research & Publications

"Coalitions on Mental Health and Aging: Lessons Learned for Policy and Practice", Journal of Aging & Social Policy, July 2011, 23:3, 323-332

"Small Scenes", pp. 160-165, Play and Playfulness, eds. Margaret Moyer, Seymour Kantor, Nan Cope, Eastern Cooperative Recreation School, Millmont, PA  01990.

Selected Presentations
  • Dependence and Independence in the Elderly
  • Discharge Planning for the Elderly
  • Empowerment for Nursing Home Social Workers
  • Depression Among Nursing Home Residents
  • Play for Functionally Impaired Elders
  • Mental Health Among Elders: Context and Change
  • Assessments: the Family and Resident
  • Suicide Among Elders: What to Look for and What to Do
  • Social Issues in the Care of Frail Elders
  • Independence and Intergenerational Issues Among the Elderly
  • Public Policy Issues for Elders by the Massachusetts and Federal Governments
Professional Memberships & Affiliations
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • American Society on Aging
  • Mass Aging and Mental Health Coalition
  • Aging Life Care Association