Resident Service Director

Who should take this course? 

This course is designed for the new Resident Services Director / Social Service Designee in skilled nursing facilities, but is also an excellent refresher/reference for experienced Social Service personnel.

This program was developed for individuals who provide supportive social services to residents in long term care facilities in Idaho. Although the training is designed to help non-licensed Resident Services Directors, who provide these services in facilities with less than 120 residents, Licensed Social Workers who are new to nursing homes will also find the program valuable in understanding the delivery of resident care that is unique to this environment.

Any Licensed Social Worker who is required to be full-time in facilities with more than 120 residents, must meet the qualifications stated in the Guidance to Surveyors-Long Term Care Facilities document, F-TAG 850.

A qualified Social Worker is an individual with:

  • A bachelor’s degree in social work or a bachelor’s degree in a human services field including but not limited to sociology, special education, rehabilitation counseling, and psychology; and
  • One year of supervised social work experience in a health care setting working directly with individuals.

LSW or MSW Preceptor Requirement:

Each student is required to have a Licensed Social Worker preceptor with at least one (1) year post licensure in long-term care. The preceptor will review and provide comment to each of the assignments. It is recommended the Licensed Social Worker providing consultation to the facility, be the preceptor for the student.

The IHCA Education Director will periodically monitor online work of both the student and preceptor. A copy of the LSW current license must be submitted, along with a signed preceptor agreement, upon registration for the course. 

Please Note: The content presented is not meant to be all-inclusive. 

Fees: The cost for registration in this course is $199.00 (USD)

If you have questions about this course, contact Grace Lazenby @ 208.343.9735 or

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