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Advanced Forensic Investigation Training: Elder Abuse and Neglect: Sponsored by TDPRS: Adult Protective Services

Training Registration - Abilene,TX | Mar 08, 2018 - Mar 12, 2018

DFPS
4601 S. 1st St. Rm. K101
Abilene, TX 79605
CEU's Available - Yes

Agency Partner -TDPRS: Adult Protective Services

ADVANCED FORENSIC INVESTIGATIONS: ELDER ABUSE

 

Overview

 

According to the National Center for Elder Abuse, Elder Abuse includes three components: a. physical, sexual or psychological abuse, as well as neglect, abandonment and financial exploitation of an older person by another person or entity, b. that occurs in any setting (e.g., home, community or facility), c. either in a relationship where there is an expectation of trust and/or when an older person is targeted based on age or disability. Although definitions vary by jurisdiction, research and practice have shown approximately 1 in 10 Americans aged 60+ have experienced some form of elder abuse. Some estimates range as high as 5 million elders who are abused each year.  According to the National Council on Aging, Social isolation and mental impairment (such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease) are two factors. Recent studies show that nearly half of those with dementia experienced abuse or neglect. Interpersonal violence also occurs at disproportionately higher rates among adults with disabilities. Physical and mental health issues affect multiple body systems so abuse is often missed by investigators and assumed to be a part of the adult’s existing medical condition.

 

Our two day training is designed to give the (MDT) a broad base of the medical aspects of elder abuse to build the investigation on scientific forensic principles. A brief overview of aging will discuss the importance of identifying conditions related to the normal aging process vs. conditions involving a rapid decline in mental health or physical condition. The correlation between mental and physical health will be discussed and emphasis for immediate intervention will be placed on rapid behavior or physical changes indicating the need for immediate intervention. Untreated conditions will be discussed in context with the rapid decline of a client and the indicators an APS Specialist/Investigator would expect to see. To apply newly acquired knowledge, participants will work in a small group with multidisciplinary team members to develop a service plan using case studies with complex case facts.  As resources are a key factor for assisting the elderly population with acute and long term issues, a large group resource development block will allow participants to share their knowledge of local, state, and national resources and develop additional resource tools.

 

All our courses are based on the philosophy that professionals with a strong foundational understanding of the forensic markers of abuse and neglect in the elderly and an understanding of best practice forensic investigative techniques will have the tools necessary to develop the successful legal case in criminal and/or civil courts.    SBA training provides the information necessary to understand the mechanism of injury related to physical abuse and equip participants with the tools necessary to accurately investigate elder abuse cases and make solid decisions that will successfully impact the case.   Our Advanced Forensic Investigations Training program promotes a consistent, coordinated Multidisciplinary Team Response to serious cases of elder abuse and neglect and improves the coordination between the criminal justice system and the civil child protection system.  Case studies will be utilized to show the use of the Twelve Elements of the Forensic Investigation and how systematically utilizing this investigative technique results in a thorough investigation leading to the identification of the abuser.  Under the backdrop of the present state of medical science, use of experienced professionals, visuals and other demonstrative evidence will be presented as critical to determining the mechanism of injury. Sample modules for elder abuse include: 

 

1.    Medical Aspects of Elder Abuse –   Forensic markers of abuse/neglect vs. natural disease markers, recognizing self-neglect, geriatric syndromes, understanding capacity assessments and the implication for the investigator.

2.    Forensic Investigative Techniques –   Established protocol, the multi-disciplinary team, consent, scene investigation, interviewing, evidence, timeline development, scene reconstruction, ongoing training, and resources.

3.    Scene Investigation & Photography – Photography techniques for injury and scene photographs, scene sketches and documentation

4.    Timeline Development – Developing case facts into a visual timeline

5.    Interviewing Clients/Victims – Considerations of the client/victim issues, profile of a successful interviewer and strategies for interviewing persons with dementia, and or physical/cognitive disabilities.

 

6.    Interviewing Alleged Perpetrators/Suspects –Interview vs. interrogation, planning the interview, developing themes, confronting denials, and using alternative questions to gain the admission/confession from the alleged perpetrator/suspect.

 

7.   Legal Aspects of Building a Case for Court – Elements of criminal statues of Penal Code involving the elderly and persons with disabilities, the differences in burdens of proof in a civil vs. criminal courts, evidence, evaluating the case and assessing the mental status of the victim, Brady, hearsay, and tips for testifying effectively.

 

 

This course is open to APS, attorneys and legal personnel, law enforcement, prosecutors, CPS, CASA workers, first responders, medical practitioners, social workers, advocates, fraud and financial personnel, and other allied professionals.

 

 

CEU’s AVAILABLE

QUESTIONS?   Ron Kunz    rkunz@shakenbaby.org

PHONE:  817-882-8686

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Notes: Parking behind the United Way Building is limited to 20 parking space. Extra parking is at the First Baptist Church Parking lot located on the corner of N. 2nd Street and Orange Street.
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