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This post includes a summary of resources and educational opportunities relevant to the elder justice field. If you are aware of additional resources or have comments about any of the resources listed below, please use the response box at the end of the post to share your thoughts. We look forward to hearing from you!

Continuing Education

Jewish Women International’s National Alliance to End Domestic Abuse will host a webinar entitled, “Vicarious Trauma and Self Care,” on Thursday, December 19th. Presenters Mary Jo Barrett and Dr.Linda Stone Fish, co-authors of the recently published Treating Complex Trauma: A Relational Blueprint for Collaboration and Change, will discuss the causes of vicarious trauma, considering the process through which service providers take on client trauma and develop burn-out and compassion fatigue. Additional information about the webinar can be found here.

The Research to Practice (R2P) webinar has released the video recording of their recent webinar entitled, “The Elder Abuse Suspicion Index (EASI): Why a Suspicion Index, and How it Can be Used.” Presenter Mark Yaffe, MD, shares results from his research on the development and validation of a brief tool for physician use to support identification and assessment of the presence or absence of suspected elder abuse. To view the webinar, click here. The R2P webinar series is sponsored by the joint NAPSA-NCPEA Research Committee with support from the National Adult Protective Services Resource Center and hosted by the National Council on Crime & Delinquency.

Stay Informed

The Canadian Department of Human Resources and Skills Development in partnership with the International Federation on Ageing hosted a high-level meeting on elder financial abuse. Designed to provide an platform to begin networking, exchanging ideas and encourage partnerships, the meeting’s content has been summarized in a report. Entitled, “Summary Report: ‘Financial Abuse of Seniors Meeting’,” the report is available by clicking here.

The Financial Fraud Research Center (FFRC), a joint project between Stanford University and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, has released a new report entitled, “The Scope of the Problem: An Overview of Fraud Prevalence Measurement.” This report is a follow up to the Center’s first major publication, “Scams, Schemes, and Swindles: A Review of Consumer Financial Fraud Research,” which was published in 2012. In this new report, FFRC tackles the complicated issue of fraud prevalence. To view the report, please click here.

Resources and Tools for Professionals

The National Center for State Courts has created a dedicate “Elder Abuse Resource Guide” on their website. The page features a wide variety of published material on topics including Adult Protective Services, Self Help for Elders in Courts, Justice System Response and more. The page also includes educational materials, tools and other resources for legal professionals. To visit this resource page, click here.

The US Senate Special Committee on Aging has recently created a Fraud Hotline, which will allow older adults to easily report suspected fraud and receive assistance. The toll-free hotline is staffed by a team of committee investigators weekdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm EST. Anyone who believes they, or a loved one, are the victim of fraud should report the case by calling the hotline at 1-855-303-9470 or visiting the committee’s website. Additionally, the committee has published a set of “Tips to Protect Yourself Against Health Care Scams,” which is available here on their newly redesigned and enhanced website.

The Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale has space available in its emergency shelter program for victims of elder abuse. In order to be eligible for shelter, an older adult (60 and over) must be a current abuse victim or be at imminent risk of being abused, with no housing options in the community. The shelter is housed at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, a long term care facility, which offers clients a full continuum of care, including medical, psychological, case management and legal services. To make a referral to the shelter, please call 1-800-56-SENIOR. Referrals must be made by community agency professionals and admittance to the shelter is determined on a case-by-case basis, depending on the specific needs and circumstances of the abuse victim.
Join the Field

The Westchester County Family Justice Center (FJC) is seeking applicants for the position of Family Justice Center Director. The Director will be responsible for oversight and coordination of FJC partners, in addition to relationship‐building with law enforcement in order to better serve victims. A necessary function of the Director is planning for the future of the FJC including financial sustainability and expansion and growth to best meet the needs of the community. The Director is also responsible for conducting meetings with the FJC Steering Committee and other items. A complete job description, including information about qualifications and application instructions, is available for download by clicking here.

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