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  • Elder Abuse Investigation

Overview

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.

Course Outline

Objective

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
  • Financial Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Forensic Victim Interviewing
  • Case Studies

Course Details

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
  • Forensic Interviewing of Elders with Dementia
  • Scenarios
  • 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
  • This was, by far, one of the most useful classes I've attended since becoming an investigator.

    —Steven Aiello, Antioch Police 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
  • 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
  • ...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 instructional style is engaging and your tag-team style is highly effective.

    —George Laing, Fire Prevention Captain, Investigator
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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