Caregiving Curricula

Faculty and clinical instructors play a critical role in the professional socialization of undergraduate and graduate students. The socialization process influences the attitudes, values, knowledge, and skills of students (Goldenberg & Iwasiw, 1993). Exposing students to caregiving topics can help them understand how caregiving impacts all parts of the lifecycle.

Existing Curricula

Caregiving can be infused into an existing psychology course or into multiple sections of an existing course. For example in a course on the psychology of aging, older adults’ sensory, physical and cognitive impairments, could be studied in terms of the demands for care they place upon family members. A caregiving lecture could also be incorporated into a course in developmental psychology to demonstrate how caregiving may impact children, adults, and families.

Caregiving is a relevant topic for courses on:

  • Adult Development and Aging
  • Behavioral Psychology
  • Child Development
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Current Issues in Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Family Therapy
  • Gender Roles
  • Health Psychology
  • Military Psychology or Psychology of War
  • Neurocognitive Assessment and Treatment
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Pediatric Psychology
  • Psychology and Aging
  • Psychology of Diversity
  • School or Educational Psychology
  • Work and Family


Goldenberg, D. & Iwasiw, C. (1993) Professional socialization of students as an outcome of a senior clinical preceptorship experience. Nurse Education Today. 13, 13–15.

New Curricula