Medgar Evers College Announces New Continuing Education Geriatric Care Management Program

Program Prepares Social Workers and Registered Nurses to Become Geriatric Care Managers

Brooklyn, NY – Medgar Evers College’s School of Professional & Community Development (SPCD) today announced a new Geriatric Care Management program to launch this fall as part of its Adult and Continuing Education (ACE) program. The new program will prepare social workers, registered nurses, and those working in, or seeking to work in the field of gerontology to become Geriatric Care Managers. Classes begin Monday, September 30, 2013 and will end on April 2, 2014.  A full description of the new program can be viewed in the online Continuing Education catalog at

“Caring for our elder population is an important component of public health; and as people look to enhance and diversify their skills, enter the work force at a different place, or make career changes, it is important to pay attention to the trends that are emerging and those that are consistent,” said SPCD Dean Dr. Simone Rodriguez-Dorestant. “As we recognize this important shift, we are pleased to offer this opportunity to professionals seeking to enter the growing field of elder care.”

Participants must have at least an Associate’s degree to join the program. Eligibility requirements to sit for external certifications are based on level of attained degree and experience in direct practice. The Program will be taught by a wide range of professionals – experienced in various aspects of elder care, and will include the following seven courses: Introduction to Gerontology; Normative Aging; Mental Health and Aging; Management & Business Planning; Conducting Assessment & Developing a Care Plan; Caregivers & Senior Living Options; and Elder Law.

“Our new Geriatric Care Management Program will enable more nurses, social workers and other professionals to transition into the ever-expanding world of elder care,” said ACE Director Jonathan Bissell. “Our stellar team of instructors are excited about the opportunity to help build the field of elder care professionals in New York City.”

Program instructors include Adrian Walter-Ginzburg, Ph.D.; Susan Birenbaum, LCSW, MBA, C-ASWCM; Alexis Carter, LMSW, CCM, QDCS; Elise Feuerstein Karras, LMSW, CSW-G, ACSW; Martin Petroff, Attorney-At-Law; and Eric Hausman, M.B.A. A brief description of each instructor is provided below.

Adrian Walter-Ginzburg holds a Ph.D. in Urban Studies from MIT, and has worked in the area of housing for older people, health promotion and disease prevention, and understanding successful aging, for three decades.  She led “An Epidemiological Study of the Oldest-Old in Israel,” and was on the staff of the Tel Aviv University Herczeg Center on Aging, and the Department of Gerontology at Haifa University.

Susan Birenbaum, LCSW, MBA, C-ASWCM is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (NYS) and a Certified Professional Geriatric Care Manager. She holds an MSW from Silver School of Social Work, NYU, an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business Administration, and a BA from the University of Connecticut. Her private practice focuses on Geriatric Care Management and Psychotherapy, with clients consisting of Aging Individuals, Adult Children with Aging Parents and Aging Parents with Special Needs Children.

Alexis Carter, LMSW, CCM, QDCS is a Licensed Master Social Worker (NYS), a Certified Professional Geriatric Care Manager and a Qualified Dementia Care Specialist (AFA). She holds an MSW from Columbia University School of Social Work and a BA in Community Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the Director of Senior Source from Selfhelp, a high touch Geriatric Care Management practice that provides comprehensive and integrated services for New Yorkers aging in place.

Elise Feuerstein Karras, LMSW, CSW-G, ACSW has been a practicing gerontological social worker for the past 30 years. She has held direct service and administrative positions in community agencies serving the aging and their caregivers and has held teaching positions in Hunter Graduate School of Social Work, Touro College School of Social Work and Empire State College. She has presented many research papers on aging and caregiving to nationally recognized organizations, including the National Council of Aging and the NYS Society on Aging.

Martin Petroff is an Elder Law attorney and health-care advocate for the elderly and disabled.  A former staff attorney for health-care affairs for the NYC Department for the Aging, his interests include Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, and planning for long-term care. As a consumer advocate, he has spoken widely on radio and television and before the United Federation of Teachers, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the AARP. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Elder Law Section of the New York State Bar Association and a director of the Long Term Care Community Coalition of New York State.

Eric Hausman, M.B.A., is an independent consultant specializing in Medicare Education and Training. He has conducted hundreds of Medicare presentations on all aspects of Medicare and related insurance. Over the last ten years, he has served as the Lead Trainer for the HIICAP program in New York State, providing training and technical assistance to Medicare counselors throughout the state. He previously worked in the Medicare operations of Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield (Wellpoint). He holds both his BBA and MBA degrees from Baruch College.

Internships and job placement services are not provided as part of the new program. The cost of the full certificate program is $1,625 and courses can be paid for on a course-by-course basis. Registration can be completed online at or by telephone at 718-804-8850.

About Medgar Evers College

Medgar Evers College, a senior college within The City University of New York, was established in 1970 with a mandate to meet the educational and social needs of the Central Brooklyn community. With a commitment to students who desire a sound academic foundation as well as an opportunity for personal development, Medgar Evers College seeks to provide high-quality, professional, career-oriented undergraduate degree programs in the context of a liberal arts education.


Dawn S. Walker (Communications)            (718) 530-4539

Jonathan Bissell (Continuing Ed)                (718) 804-8850