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About David Hage


David Hage headshotDavid Hage is a doctorally prepared gerontologist, licensed clinical social worker and allied health sciences educator. Dr. Hage earned a BSW degree from Misericordia University, an MSW from Marywood University, and a Ph.D. in Leadership & Gerontology from Concordia University Chicago. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the states of Florida and Pennsylvania, a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW), a Certified Advanced Social Work Case Manager (C-ASWCM),  and a Certified Advanced Aging Life Care Professional™ (previously called Certified Geriatric Care Manager), a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and the National Society for Leadership & Success (NSLS).

Dr. Hage began his full-time appointment with Misericordia University’s Social Work Program in August 2016 as an Assistant Professor/Director of Field Education. Dr. Hage also coordinates the undergraduate Gerontology Minor within the Social Work Department, directs the post-graduate Geriatric Care Management Certificate within the Occupational Therapy Department, and serves as the Faculty Liaison for the university’s Institute on Aging. Dr. Hage currently teaches or has taught undergraduate through doctoral level courses within the post-graduate Geriatric Care Management Certificate, Occupational Therapy MS/OTD, Gerontology Minor, Health Professions, Patient Navigation, Psychology, Social Work, & Sociology Departments. 

Dr. Hage’s direct practice experience includes work with economically disadvantaged children and families in low-income housing, a maternity home for pregnant women experiencing homelessness, a rural community action agency, acute care hospital inpatient rehabilitation, sub-acute care and outpatient care environments with a primarily adult through geriatric population. Dr. Hage is a board member and trainer for the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Taskforce for NEPA, a regional task force committed to advanced care planning and honoring patient wishes at end-of-life. He also serves as a member of the biomedical ethics and palliative care committees at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, where he also has privileges to provide clinical social work services to patients admitted to the hospital’s inpatient rehabilitation unit.

Selected Continuing Education

2020 Recognizing & Reporting Child Abuse (Act 31/Act 126), University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, Pittsburgh, PA 06/20 (3 CEU’s)
National Association of Social Workers Conference, Interdisciplinary Leadership, Global Social Work, Childhood Sexual Abuse, Stigma & Shame in Axis II Diagnosis, Grief & Loss, Crisis Work, Suicide Prevention, Eating Disorders, Election Forecast, COVID-19 Pandemic, Advocacy, Systemic Racism, Private Practice, Washington D.C. 05/20 (18 CEU’s)
2020 NASW-PA Annual Aging Symposium, Identifying and managing Behaviors Associated with Dementia, Elder Law: Estate & Advanced Care Planning, Understanding the Dementia Diagnosis & Care Options 05/20 (3 CEU’s)
NASW-PA State Conference training  – Elderly Suicide Prevention, Trauma Informed Care, ASD, Emotional Intelligence, Mental Health & Aging, Co-Treatment Assessment/ Co-Treatment Intervention, Ethics & Risk Management, Clinical Documentation Intensive (24.5CEU’s), Pocono Manner, PA 0917
2017 Operation Save Veteran’s Mental Health Training, (5 CEU’s), Scranton, PA 0817
2017 Contemporary Gestalt Training Program – Level I (with Maria Fenton Gladis, LCSW, BCD, Dori Middleman, MD, Mark Putnam, MD (21 CEU’s), PA Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy & Training, West Chester, PA 0117
2016 PTSD & Trauma Integration. Hospice Foundation of America, Scranton, PA 05/17
2016 Living Well with Alzheimer’s Disease. Alzheimer’s Association, Grater PA Chapter, Wilkes-
Barre, PA 11/17
2016 QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention & Crisis Intervention Training,1-800-SUICIDE/ Kristen Brooks Hope Center, Misericordia University, Dallas, PA 10/16
2016 Peacemaking & Social Justice Lecture by Shane Claiborne of the Simple Way (who served with Mother Theresa In Calcutta India), Misericordia University, Dallas, PA 09/16
2016 National Patient Safety Goals: Update for 2016, Community Health Systems, Wilkes-Barre, PA 04/16
2016 The Nutritional Reversal of Cardiovascular Disease: Fact or Fiction? (Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., MD), The Commonwealth Medical College, Scranton, PA 04/16
2016 KCI Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System, Acelity, Wilkes-Barre PA 04/16
2016 PICO Single Use Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System, Smith-Nephew, Wilkes-Barre PA 03/16
2016 Palliative Care Program Development Workshop (Intensive 2 day program with Brian Cassel, Ph.D., Danielle M. Noreika, MD, Mary Ann Hager, RN, MS), Virgina Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center’s Palliative Leadership Center/McGlothlin Medical Education Center, Richmond, VA 03/16
2016 Treating Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) with the LifeVest Wearable Defibrillator, Zoll Medical Corporation, Wilkes-Barre, PA 02/16
2015 Food as Medicine (with T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D.), University of Scranton – Panuska College for Professional Studies, Scranton, PA 11/15
2015 Relationship Centered Care, Geisinger Health System, Wilkes-Barre, PA 10/15
2015 Advanced Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Implementing Psychotherapy Core Tasks (with Donald Michenbaum, Ph.D.), J&K Seminars, LLC, Lancaster, PA 05/15
2015 Considering Palliative Care Transitions to Reduce Hospital Readmissions in Chronically Ill Patients,Commonwealth Home Health & Hospice, Wilkes-Barre, PA 02/15
2014 Early Heart Attack Care, Chest Pain Center at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, Wilkes-Barre, PA 12/14
2014 Patient Sensitivity –Caring for the Bariatric Patient, Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, Wilkes-Barre, PA, 12/14
2014 PTSD, Trauma,  & Anxiety Disorders, INR Seminars, Wilkes-Barre, PA 09/14
2014 Orientation to Providing Care to Spanish Speaking Patients in Central America, Managua, Nicaragua, Central America 06/14
2014 Understanding Treatment Options for Neck Pain, Northeast Rehabilitation Associates, Wilkes-Barre, PA, 09/13
2014 Renal Dietary Interventions, Metz Food Group, Wilkes-Barre, PA, 09/14
2013 Advanced Functional Independence Measure (FIM) Training, GPS Healthcare Consultants, Wilkes-Barre, PA 04/13
2013 Moving, Lifting, & Transfer Equipment, Arjo Lifts, Wilkes-Barre, PA, 09/13
2013 Expected Outcomes of T10-L1 Spinal Cord Injury, Penn State Hershey Neurosurgery Group, Wilkes-Barre, PA, 05/13
2013 Diversity in the Work Place, Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, Wilkes-Barre, PA, 4/13
2012 Wound and Pressure Ulcer Care, The Wound Healing Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA, 05/13
2012 Xarelto/Nucynta Clinical Update, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Wilkes-Barre, PA, 04/12
2012 Care of the Patient with Lower Extremity Amputation, Northeast Rehabilitation Associates, Wilkes-Barre, PA, 02/12
2012 De-Escalating the Agitated Patient, Community Counseling Services, Kingston, PA, 02/12
2012 Interventions for Patients With Hearing Loss, Family Hearing Centers, Dallas, PA, 02/12
2012 The Importance of Nutrition in Rehabilitation, Abbott Nutrition, Wilkes-Barre, PA, 01/12
2012 Interventions for the Bariatric Patient, Commonwealth Health Surgical Weight Loss Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA, 01/12
2011 Aging & Common Geriatric Syndromes, Northeast Rehabilitation Associates Wilkes-Barre, PA, 06/11



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