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VIRTUAL: Advanced Forensics Investigations: Crimes Against the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities. Modules Available July 22, 2020 and must be completed by Aug 2, 2020 at 12 pm to take live training on August 4 from 8 am - 12 pm .

Jul 22, 2020 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM | Aug 04, 2020 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

 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.

 
Course Overview:
Advanced Forensics Investigations:  Crimes Against the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities  is designed to provide the APS Investigator and  MDT with advanced knowledge of the forensic markers of abuse and neglect in the elderly and people with disabilities along with an understanding of forensic investigative techniques.  
The Shaken Baby Alliance has partnered with leading experts in the field of medicine and forensics to produce this Best Practice training to meet the needs of  investigative staff.  Faculty includes  medical providers, law enforcement, educators, and consultants who are recognized as state and national experts in the field of forensics.  All faculty actively work cases in the field of medicine and forensics.  This course has consistently been highly rated in evaluation data.  It provides the latest knowledge for professionals involved in cases involving the elderly and persons with disabilities.  The training is based on the philosophy that investigative and legal professionals with a strong foundational understanding of the medical aspects of conditions related to the elderly and people with disabilities along with Best Practice forensic investigative techniques training will be provided with the tools necessary to investigate abuse, neglect, and exploitation, and ultimately protect this population. 
Advanced Forensics Investigations:  Crimes Against the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities training is a hybrid course, utilizing the GoToTraining platform.   It consists of two components:
a. Independent Study.  This consists of modules which must be completed 2 weeks prior to Live Virtual Training
b.  Live Virtual Training. 
 
 
 Course Content:
  • Medical Aspects of Abuse of the Elderly and People with Disabilities –  Forensic markers of abuse/neglect vs. natural disease markers, recognizing self-neglect, geriatric syndromes, understanding capacity assessments and the implication for the investigator.
  • Forensic Investigative Techniques – Established protocol, working with the multi-disciplinary team, consent, scene investigation/home visits, interviewing, evidence, timeline development, scene reconstruction, ongoing training, and resources.
  • Scene Investigation and Photography – Photography techniques for injury and scene investigation/home visit photographs, scene sketches, and using this documentation to build your case or show need/lack of need for intervention.
  • Timeline Development – Case facts used to develop a visual timeline to support the narrative.
  • Interviewing Clients/Victims – Considerations of the client/victim issues, profile of a successful interviewer and strategies for interviewing persons with dementia, physical, and cognitive disabilities.
  • 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.
  •  Legal Aspects of Building a Case for Court – Elements of criminal statutes of the Penal Code involving the elderly and persons with disabilities, the differences in burdens of proof in a civil vs. criminal court, evidence, evaluating the case and assessing the mental status of the victim, Brady, hearsay, and tips for testifying effectively. 
 
FOR APS INVESTIGATORS ONLY
This training is designed to provide Investigators with the knowledge and skills to develop cases to meet the intent of the State’s Settlement Agreement with the United States Department of Justice for Facility Investigation purposes, and the criteria for civil actions such as the Employee Misconduct Registry (EMR), guardianship proceedings, EOPS, and criminal prosecution
Prerequisites:   Participants should have completed APS In-Home ILSD and ILASD or APS Facility ILSD and ILASD
 
Course Length and Credit: 
The course is designed for delivery through Independent Study and a Live Training session including case studies and Q & A.  Course materials and Independent Study modules will be provided a minimum of 14 days in advance of the Live Training instruction.  Pre-test/Post-test data will be collected, and module quizzes will be completed satisfactorily (>/= 70% accuracy) to continue to the next module.  Participants who successfully complete the pre-post tests, all module quizzes, the activities, and score satisfactorily on a final quiz, will receive 12 hours of Social Worker continuing education units (CEUs) and a Certificate of Completion from The Shaken Baby Alliance and appropriate APS certification.   
 
Goal: 
The goal of this course is to provide participants with instruction on best practice standards related to the forensic investigation of crimes against the elderly and persons with disabilities to improve investigative skills for advanced Specialists and Investigators to develop a case that will meet the criteria for civil actions such as Employee Misconduct Registry (EMR), guardianship proceedings, EOPS, and criminal prosecution
 
 
Objectives: 
  1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of forensic markers of the abuse and neglect of the elderly and persons with disabilities as they relate to the execution of an APS forensics investigation.
  2.  Analyze Geriatric Syndromes and the direct impact the identified syndrome(s) have on functional dependency.
  3.  Define the goal of a forensic investigation and describe why every investigation should be conducted to develop a case that will meet the criteria for Employee Misconduct Registry (EMR) and the burden of proof for a criminal prosecution.
  4.  After reviewing a case referral, develop an investigative plan using forensic investigative techniques to develop a case that will meet the criteria for Employee Misconduct Registry (EMR) and criminal prosecution.
  5.  sing the training room and adjacent structures, demonstrate through photography and sketching, the steps in completing a thorough scene investigation to include appropriate vantage points for admissible scene photographs and a sketch so that class participants can identify a minimum of  3 key elements in the sketch.
  6.  Demonstrate understanding of injury photographs by taking pictures of mock injuries using appropriate vantage points and a size standard.
  7.  Demonstrate understanding of Timeline Development and a case example with abuse, neglect, or exploitation, to include the following:  date, timeframe, victim, collaterals (if applicable), AP, and other elements as necessary to show the class the progression of key findings in the case. 
  8.  Apply and demonstrate through a partner activity, knowledge of advanced strategies for interviewing an elderly person or person with a disability using the provided victim sketch. 
  9.  Using knowledge of best practice techniques involved in interviewing APs, identify the following techniques while watching video footage of interviews:  setting the stage, theme development, alternative questions, and documenting the admission.  
  10.  Compare and contrast the legal aspects of the burdens of proof of Preponderance of the Evidence and Beyond a Reasonable Doubt.
 
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Target Audience
The target audience for this training is APS In-Home Specialists and Facility Investigators, law enforcement, First Responders, attorneys, medical practitioners, MHID/Mental Health  Authority (ACT Teams), District/County Attorney Victim Advocates, Financial Crimes Analysts (DA/CA Investigators), medical examiner, DADS, and other professionals involved in identifying, investigating, or assisting with crimes against the elderly and persons with disabilities.  
 
CEU’s: 
Participants who successfully complete the pre-post tests, all module quizzes, the activities, and score satisfactorily on a final quiz, will receive 12 hours of Social Worker continuing education units (CEUs) and a Certificate of Completion from The Shaken Baby Alliance
 
COST:  
CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY:
Request for refunds for the training must be received via email at info@shakenbaby.org no later than July 28  or  August 18 at 5:00 p.m.  No refunds provided after this date.  
  
Questions:  Contact Ron Kunz    rkunz@shakenbaby.org     or 817-882-8686   
The Shaken Baby Alliance
8101 Boat Club Rd, Ste. 240 #154 Fort Worth, TX 76179
PHONE:   817-882-8686
FAX (817) 882-8687 
 
 
 
 

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