Family gatherings are more commonplace in December, and older adults without families can experience more acute social isolation. Since isolation is both a risk factor for and a consequence of elder abuse, we decided to ask you - our social media followers and colleagues - to commit to speaking with an older adult in December. Our hope was that, by sharing this campaign, we could support older adults and contribute towards the prevention of elder abuse during the 2017 holiday season. More →
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!
The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability is holding its second webinar featuring Dr. Nora Baladerian’s presentation, “Crime Victims with Disabilities: An Overview for Professionals in the Criminal Justice System” on February 27th. This is the second in a series of over 20 webinars taking place over the next two years. This comprehensive webinar will present an overview of the issues surrounding victimization of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For more information, and to register, click here.
Resources and Tools for Professionals
AARP and the US Postal Service, in partnership with the US Postal Service Inspection Unit, have produced a website detailing the risks of mail and phone scams, particularly for older adults. The site offers helpful resources for older adults and family members about scams, including information about prevention, detection and intervention against fraud. Click here to visit the site.
The National Adult Protective Services Association has released a new Research to Practice (R2P) brief on the topic of, “Holding Abusers Accountable: An Elder Abuse Forensic Center Increases Criminal Prosecution of Financial Exploitation.” Based on the research presented by Adria E. Navarro, PhD, LCSW and Kathleen H. Wilber, PhD in a January 2014 R2P webinar, the brief offers a summary of recent findings and practice and policy implications. Click here to download the brief. To review additional R2P briefs, click here.
The New York State Coalition on Elder Abuse has released their latest News & Information Bulletin, which includes information about exciting elder justice work being done in New York State and on the federal level. The bulletin contains opportunities for professionals to get involved in the coalition’s work. To download the January 2014 News & Information Bulletin, click here.
The annual celebration of 1 Billion Rising will take place on Friday, February 14th. This day of action aims to raise awareness and combat violence against women and girls around the world. To learn more, click here. For information about events taking place in New York City, click here.
The Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College has been awarded a grant to examine the efficacy of two short-term psychotherapies – Problem-Solving Therapy and ENGAGE therapy. The study is looking to recruit 20 social workers (LCSW or LMSW) who will be trained in either Problem-Solving Therapy or ENGAGE Therapy. Patient caseloads will be variable and determined by the number of referrals received by the Institute. There is no minimum patient case load required to remain employed as a per diem therapist on this study. Patient sessions will take place at Weill Cornell Medical College offices in White Plains or Manhattan. Social workers will be paid for time spent training, and $70 per patient visit (includes time with patient, notes, supervision). Interested individuals should contact Amy Stern, LCSW for more information at email@example.com or 914-997-8636.
The Legal Aid Society, Brooklyn Office for the Aging, is seeking applicants for the position of Forensic Social Worker. This individual will provide social services assistance to older adults in the context of the Brooklyn Office for the Aging. This branch of the Legal Aid Society provides civil legal services for older adults, with an emphasis on housing and government benefits, as well as family law, consumer law, guardianship defense and advanced directives. For a complete job listing, including required qualifications and application instructions, please click here.
- Resources for Elder Justice Professionals – January 2014
- Resources for Elder Justice Professionals – December 2013
- Resources for Elder Justice Professionals – November 2013