Webinars & Webcasts

NAPSA offers webinars to the general public and to members-only on a variety of topics. Watch webinar recordings here.

NAPSA, in conjunction with partners at the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) and the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, offers “Research to Practice” webinars on research-based and practice-based topics.

The State of Elder Fatality Reviews in the US: Growing the Field

The State of Elder Fatality Reviews in the US: Growing the Field (webinar recording)
The State of Elder Fatality Reviews in the US: Growing the Field (slides)

Multi-disciplinary fatality review teams have been in existence for well over two decades for children and at least 15 years in the domestic violence field. These teams identify factors leading to untimely deaths and implement changes in policies and practices to prevent similar deaths in the future. Interest in creating Elder Fatality Review Teams is growing across the country. Join us to learn about the current state of Elder Fatality Review Teams and how you can create one in your jurisdiction.

Presenters: Bill Benson, National Policy Advisor, NAPSA; Teri Covington, Director, National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention; Kendra Kuehn, Policy Analyst, NAPSA

Correlates of Depression in Self-Neglect
December 7, 2016

Correlates of Depression in Self-Neglect (webinar recording)
Correlates of Depression in Self-Neglect (slides)

Depression is common among older adults who no longer can care for themselves; and both self-neglect and depression are associated with poor health outcomes, including increased mortality. This webinar will explore some of the potential health and behavioral correlates of depression in older adults who neglect themselves. In addition, the webinar will cover implications for further research and the development of programs to address depression in this population. Part of a series on APS research to practice, this webinar is sponsored by the joint research committee of the National Adult Protective Services Association and the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, with support from NCCD.

Expanding Constructions of Elder Abuse: How Older Mothers View Their ‘Difficult’ Adult Children
August 4, 2016

Expanding Constructions of Elder Abuse: How Older Mothers View Their ‘Difficult’ Adult Children (webinar recording)

Dr. Smith, from Fordham University School of Social Service, will present findings from her new research, which examined older women’s perceptions of their ‘difficult’ adult children and of themselves. The webinar is an opportunity to discuss Dr. Smith’s findings, which were collected by doing in-depth open-ended interviews with low-income older mothers (>62), half of whom had sought services within agencies that service the needs of elder abuse victims. This is one of the few studies that focused on the experience of victims of abuse.

A New Tool for Assessing Financial Decision Making in Older Adults
May 3, 2016

A New Tool for Assessing Financial Decision Making in Older Adults (webinar recording)

In many cases of financial exploitation, the exploited person’s capacity to make decisions is the core issue that must be assessed. Therefore, it is essential for investigators to have effective instruments for measuring a person’s capacity to make independent financial decisions, but one challenge is the lack of tools to detect deficits in financial capability. This session introduces a new screening scale for financial decision-making capacity. The Lichtenberg Financial Decision Screening Scale (LFDSS) is a brief, 10-item screening scale designed to assess a vulnerable adult’s decisional ability at the point in time when the adult is making a significant financial decision. In this webinar, we will review instructions for administering the LFDSS, review screening questions and scoring, and discuss case studies using the scale.

Advancing the Field of APS through Research: An Introduction to the Tool for Risk, Interventions and Outcomes
January 27, 2016

Advancing the Field of APS through Research: An Introduction to the Tool for Risk, Interventions and Outcomes (TRIO) (webinar recording)
Advancing the Field of APS through Research: An Introduction to the Tool for Risk, Interventions and Outcomes (TRIO) (slides)

This presentation will focus on the design and development of a Tool for Risk, Interventions and Outcomes (TRIO). This is a tool designed by social workers for social workers to increase consistency in the investigation and assessment of risk for elders and dependent adults who come to the attention of Adult Protective Services.

Improving Client Mental Health to Positively Impact Abuse Resolution
October 20, 2015

Improving Client Mental Health to Positively Impact Abuse Resolution (webinar recording)
Improving Client Mental Health to Positively Impact Abuse Resolution (slides)

In this webinar we will discuss the implementation of mental health screening and Problem-Solving Therapy (PST) in routine elder abuse services. Providing Options To Elderly Clients Together (PROTECT) is a mental health program in which anxiety and depression screening and PST with anxiety management are integrated into elder abuse services to improve outcomes for victims with depression and/or anxiety. The webinar will describe the methods used and the effects of the program on staff and clients.

A Week in the Life of Adult Protective Services
July 29, 2015

A Week in the Life of Adult Protective Services (webinar recording)

This webinar presents a study that uses a public health model to examine allegations of elder abuse made to Kentucky Adult Protective Services (APS) and the investigations that followed in order to understand how APS addressed the needs of abused elders. Elder abuse allegations made to APS during the study week were collected using three study tools. Allegations and resulting investigations were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Results describe characteristics of the abuse calls, investigations, victims, perpetrators, and investigation times. The substantiation ratio, recidivism, and whether investigation increased or decreased the risk of abuse were also assessed. Examining APS casework through the lens of nested systems (ecological systems theory) has the potential to improve the outcomes of those served by APS and can be used as a model for APS programs across the country.

Observational Measures of Elder Self-Neglect
March 9, 2015

Observational Measures of Elder Self-Neglect (webinar recording)
Observational Measures of Elder Self-Neglect (slides)

Elder self-neglect (ESN) represents half or more of all cases reported to adult protective services. ESN directly affects older adults and also their families, neighbors, and the larger communities around them. ESN has public health implications and is associated with higher than expected mortality rates, hospitalizations, long-term care placements, and localized environmental and safety hazards. This webinar begins by describing results from a study using concept mapping to create a conceptual model of ESN and the items needed to measure it. On this webinar, presenters will discuss findings from a study that resulted in the development of the Elder Self-Neglect Assessment (ESNA). The tool was field-tested by social workers, case managers, and adult protective services providers from 13 Illinois agencies. ESNA indicators of self-neglect align into two broad categories: behavioral characteristics and environmental factors, which must be accounted for in a comprehensive evaluation. Discussion will focus on the clustering of items into the two categories and on the hierarchy of items which should represent severity of self-neglect. (NOTE: the webinar recording begins on slide 3 of the slide handout. Introductory remarks are excluded due to recording technical difficulties).

Forensic Markers of Elder Abuse and Neglect
January 12, 2015

Forensic Markers of Elder Abuse and Neglect (webinar recording)
Forensic Markers of Elder Abuse and Neglect (slides)

It is often difficult to figure out if an injury or wound is due to elder abuse. In part, this is because many of the normal and common age-related changes mask and mimic signs of elder abuse. “Older adults bruise easily” and “old people who aren’t mobile develop pressure sores” are common refrains that may be hard to refute. In this webinar we will review the research and clinical findings that help distinguish forensic markers of elder mistreatment. (Materials: slide presentation) Presenter – Laura Mosqueda, MD, FAAFP, AGSF, Chair, Department of Family Medicine, Professor of Family Medicine and Geriatrics (Clinical Scholar) and Associate Dean of Primary Care, Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California

Educating and Preparing Preprofessional Students on Adult and Elder Abuse: Implications for University Curriculum, and Insights from a Promising Program
September 22, 2014

Educating and Preparing Preprofessional Students on Adult and Elder Abuse: Implications for University Curriculum, and Insights from a Promising Program (webinar recording)
Educating and Preparing Preprofessional Students on Adult and Elder Abuse: Implications for University Curriculum, and Insights from a Promising Program (slides)

This webinar consists of a two-part panel presentation. First, Dr. Christina Policastro, Assistant Professor, Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology, Georgia Southern University, will provide an overview and summary of findings from a research study that assessed levels of elder abuse awareness among social work, nursing, health professions, and criminal justice students. Next, Risa Breckman and Dr. Karl Pillemer will present an overview of The Risk and Resiliency Internship Project (RRIP), created by NYC Elder Abuse Center (NYCEAC) and The Legacy Project, designed to expose undergraduates to the wisdom and robust experience of older generations as well as to the issue of elder abuse. Risa Breckman is an Assistant Professor of Gerontological Social Work in Medicine and the Director of the NYC Elder Abuse Center at Weill Cornell Medical College’s Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Karl Pillemer is a Professor of Human Development at Cornell University and Professor of Gerontology in Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College.

An Overview of the Assessment of Everyday Decision Making (ACED)
April 14, 2014

An Overview of the Assessment of Everyday Decision Making (ACED) (webinar recording)
An Overview of the Assessment of Everyday Decision Making (ACED) (slides)

Jason Karlawish, MD, provides an overview of the development and use of the Assessment of Capacity for Everyday Decision-Making (ACED). The ACED is the first tool available with data supporting its reliability and validity to effectively address a common clinical issue: is a patient who refuses an intervention to help manage an instrumental activity of daily living (IADL) disability capable of making this decision? The ACED is useful for assessing the capacity to solve functional problems of older persons with mild to moderate cognitive impairment from disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Common clinical scenarios are the person who has problems performing an IADL, such as cooking, but refuses help to manage that IADL. Is the person capable of refusing this help? The ACED provides patient specific assessments of decisional abilities needed to make that informed refusal. The ACED works well for persons with short term memory impairments since the provided summary sheet can be referred to throughout the interview. The ACED can also help in real-world assessment of a person’s cognitive abilities. It can also inform the assessment of complex cases of the “self-neglect syndrome.” The ACED interview takes 15-20 minutes to administer. At the close of an ACED interview, the interviewer has a set of data that describe the person’s performance on the decision making abilities.

Prosecution of Financial Exploitation Cases: Lessons from an Elder Abuse Forensic Center
January 24, 2014

Prosecution of Financial Exploitation Cases: Lessons from an Elder Abuse Forensic Center (webinar recording)
Prosecution of Financial Exploitation Cases: Lessons from an Elder Abuse Forensic Center (pdf slides)

In this presentation, Dr. Adria Navarro and Dr. Kathleen Wilber discuss findings from their study that examines effectiveness when APS uses a novel multidisciplinary team (MDT)—an elder abuse forensic center—to increase prosecution of elder financial abuse crimes. Findings from this study of APS recipients between 2007-2009 found a ten times greater likelihood of cases being submitted to the District Attorney’s office. The researchers shared the process used by the forensic center team to determine whether prosecution should become a case goal.

Principles of Effective Evaluation and Research Capacity Building in APS
April 24, 2013

Principles of Effective Evaluation and Research Capacity Building in APS (webinar recording)

Increasing demands for demonstrating positive results and outcomes of community services, including Adult Protective Services, have put significant pressure on program administrators and service providers to engage in ongoing evaluation research. In this webinar Dr. Madelyn Iris, Dr. Rebecca Berman, and Lisa Peters Beumer will describe the principles underlying effective organizational capacity-building for evaluation, review critical steps necessary for achieving evaluation goals, and highlight the benefits of engaging in on-going evaluation practice. Examples will be drawn from an innovative program called ASSERT (Assistance, Services and Support for Evaluation Research Training, a practical educational program that provides community services providers with the strategies, approaches and skills they need to conduct meaningful program evaluation and utilization-focused research.

Pure Financial Exploitation vs. Hybrid Financial Exploitation Co-occurring with Elder Physical Abuse and/or Neglect
January 15, 2013

Pure Financial Exploitation vs. Hybrid Financial Exploitation Co-occurring with Elder Physical Abuse and/or Neglect (webinar recording)
Pure Financial Exploitation vs. Hybrid Financial Exploitation Co-occurring with Elder Physical Abuse and/or Neglect (pdf slides)

In this webinar, Shelly Jackson, Ph.D., shared findings from her research comparing pure financial exploitation (PFE) of an elderly person—financial exploitation that occurs independently of another form of elder abuse—with hybrid financial exploitation (HFE)—financial exploitation that co-occurs with physical abuse and/or neglect. Implications for how professionals intervene and work with victims of pure financial exploitation vs. hybrid financial exploitation are discussed.

Taking the Guess Work Out of Findings
September 27, 2012

Taking the Guess Work Out of Findings (webinar recording)
Taking the Guess Work Out of Findings (supplemental materials)

Presenters Lori Delagrammatikas, Mary Twomey, Krista Brown, Kris K. Brown, and Mary Counihan discuss how researchers and APS practitioners worked together to develop a protocol to improve the consistency of APS investigation findings in California. After researchers identified great variability in APS decision-making across California, APS practitioners developed a protocol which clearly delineated the essential defining elements of each type of abuse/neglect, provided direction and focus for gathering information, and supplied workers with a structure for evaluating the relative strength and integrity of that information. The protocol has been implemented throughout the state and researchers are in the process of studying its efficacy by evaluating the current level of consistency in findings. The webinar describes the research, protocol and training development, evaluation efforts, and the collaborations needed to affect change statewide.

Evidence-Based Practice in Adult Protective Services
September 6, 2012

Evidence-Based Practice in Adult Protective Services (webinar recording)
Evidence-Based Practice in Adult Protective Services (full report)

A webinar on the survey findings on evidence-based practices in adult protective services. This webinar will also discuss promising practices in adult protective services and directions for future research.  Presented by Shannon Flasch of the National Council on Crime and Delinquencies (NCCD), the author of the report.

Trauma-Informed Services for Elders with Abuse Histories
July 11, 2012

Trauma-Informed Services for Elders with Abuse Histories (PDF slides)
Trauma-Informed Services for Elders with Abuse Histories (audio webinar recording)

A paradigm-shifting webinar on trauma-informed services and approaches which will help you achieve more effective interactions and case outcomes. Special focus will be placed on the application of trauma-informed approaches with challenging cases (self-neglect, substance abuse) of elder abuse.
Additional Documents
Unanswered Webinar Questions
Safe Coping Skills (referenced during webinar)

Worker Safety for the APS Supervisor
March 21, 2012

Worker Safety for the APS Supervisor (PDF slides)
Worker Safety for the APS Supervisor (audio webinar recording)

APS supervisors have a responsibility to keep their workers safe, which can seem a nearly impossible task given that we send workers out alone to face volatile, domestic violence situations; to work in rough inner city neighborhoods or in isolated rural areas without cell phone coverage, and to interface with individuals with a variety of emotional and cognitive impairments. During this webinar, you will learn how your workers can de-escalate situations occurring in their professional life. You will learn the four A’s of Safety and how to help your workers to learn a structure of interpersonal safety awareness. You will also gain an awareness of best practices in organizational safety and safety supervision.