Elder abuse is a growing epidemic across the country. Training to effectively recognize and respond to this “Silver Tsunami” is a crucial component in safeguarding some of our communities’ most vulnerable members. This course provides real-world solutions and hands-on examples to help justice professionals and social service providers meet and overcome the challenges of these complex cases.
Effectively recognize and investigate criminal financial abuse cases
Identify crucial red flags of neglect & abuse, particularly in elder deaths
Work effectively as part of a team with social services
Learn effective interviewing techniques to improve elder victim/witness statements
Recognize elder abuse as a form of family violence
The student will learn to identify and investigate elder financial abuse, physical abuse, neglect, and sexual abuse by understanding each of the following topic areas:
Physical Abuse & Neglect
Forensic Victim Interviewing
Elder Abuse Course Details
Recognize Risk Factors Making Elders Vulnerable to Abuse
Identify Common Categories of Abusers
Overview of Elder Financial Abuse Investigations and Applicable Criminal Statutes
Understand the Role of Financial Decision-Making Capacity, Dementia, and Cognitive Impairment
Learn to Navigate Investment Fraud, Real Estate Fraud, and Other Complex Forms of Financial Abuse
Identify Regulatory Agencies and How They Can Help You
Overview of Elder Neglect, Physical Abuse, and Sexual Abuse Investigations, and Applicable Criminal Statutes
Recognize Forensic Markers of Physical Abuse and Neglect
Andrea Higgens has a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude in Political Science from the University of Oregon. Andrea started as a police officer with the Redwood City Police Department in 1999 before moving to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office in 2010, where she currently works as a DA Inspector. Andrea has helped plan and implement an extremely effective countywide multidisciplinary elder protection initiative, and she has been investigating and assisting in the prosecution of elder abuse cases since 2011. Andrea’s passion for protecting elders has led her to train law enforcement officers and detectives, firefighters, dispatchers, and deputy coroners in recognizing and responding effectively to elder abuse.
Your class has made the greatest and most direct impact on my assignment of any training class that I've taken.
—Ken Gelskey, National City Police Department
Your instructional style is engaging and your tag-team style is highly effective.
—George Laing, Fire Prevention Captain, Investigator
This was, by far, one of the most useful classes I've attended since becoming an investigator.
—Steven Aiello, Antioch Police Department
You two are an effective teaching team, and your presentation of the material was consistently interesting, and intelligent without being too intellectualized.
—Michele Keller, Deputy Probation Officer, County of Alameda
The information that they have presented is highly relevant to my job, and was presented in a manner that was highly organized and very easy to digest.
—Michael McGarvey, California State Prison, San Quentin
I highly recommend this training for any Probation staff who have the necessity to interview/interrogate individuals for investigation purposes.
—R. Bret Fidler, Santa Clara County Probation Department
I will continue to use and pass on this information because I really believe in the instructors and their approach.
—Kimberly Meyer, Washoe County Sheriff's Department
...Provides useful tools necessary for assessing the veracity of a suspected child abuser, which goes a long way in helping to protect children.
—Sunny Burgan, MSSW, LCSW, Social Work Supervisor, Santa Clara County DFCS
Your class gave me the confidence and tools to interview the suspect for over 5 hours and to bring a closure to the case.
—Daniel Phelan, San Jose Police Department
Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to attend the Interview and Interrogation training presented by Paul Francois and Enrique Garcia.
—Todd Almason, Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office