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  • Elder Abuse Investigation


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 APS/Public Guardian. Recognize elder abuse as a form of family violence with similarities to domestic violence.

Course Outline


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.

Course Details

Elder Abuse

  • Dementia, Mild Cognitive Impairment
  • Overview of PC 368 – Financial Abuse Sections
  • Financial Decision Making Capacity
  • Investment Fraud
  • Money Laundering
  • The White Collar Crime Enhancement
  • Regulatory Agencies and How They Can Help You
  • Scenarios
  • Elder Physical Abuse, Neglect, and Sexual Abuse –
  • Why are elders vulnerable to neglect, physical abuse, and sexual assault?
  • Who commits most elder abuse?
  • Overview of PC 368 – neglect/physical abuse/sexual abuse
  • Forensic Interviewing of Elders with Dementia
  • How to increase reliability of statements
  • Scenarios
  • ...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
  • 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
  • Your instructional style is engaging and your tag-team style is highly effective.

    —George Laing, Fire Prevention Captain, Investigator
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • This was, by far, one of the most useful classes I've attended since becoming an investigator.

    —Steven Aiello, Antioch Police Department
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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