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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

The National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA), the National Council on Crime & Delinquency and the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse will host a free webinar entitled, “Prosecution of Financial Exploitation Cases: Lessons from an Elder Abuse Forensic Center” on January 24, 2014 from 2:00-3:30pm EST. This webinar will feature Adria E. Navarro, PhD, LCSW and Kathleen H. Wilber, PhD, who will present their recent research on criminal prosecution of elder abuse cases seen by a multidisciplinary team. To register, and for more information, please click here.

The JASA Elder Abuse Training Institute (EATI) will hold the next training in their Fall 2013-Spring 2014 series on February 13, 2014. This session, entitled, “The Role of Social Service Professionals,” is recommended for social workers, case managers, geriatric care managers and housing staff, but is open to all. For additional information about this and other future EATI trainings, click here to download the Fall 2013-Spring 2014 EATI brochure. Registration is required.

Resources and Tools for Professionals

The Commission on Law and Aging at the American Bar Association has released an updated report on recent changes to state adult guardianship laws. In 2013, twenty-four states passed legislation altering guardianship law. The report, entitled, “State Adult Guardianship Legislation: Directions of Reform – 2013,” compiles and reviews these changes and can be downloaded by clicking here.

The Institute on Aging (IOA) and the Legal Aid Association of California hosted a webinar entitled, “Civil Law Meets Social Work in Cases of Elder Financial Abuse,” as part of the October 2013 Access to Justice Conference. The webinar curriculum is designed to cross-educate social workers and civil attorneys about elder financial exploitation. A video recording of the webinar is now available and can be viewed for free by clicking here.

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) has released the Fiscal Year 2014 solicitation for the Enhanced Training and Services to End Abuse in Later Life Program. The program provides three-year awards for up to a total of $400,000 to local communities to address elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking against victims who are 50 years of age or older. For more information about this funding opportunity, click here to download the grant solicitation. Applications are due February 5, 2014.

Get Involved

The 9th Annual NYC Elder Abuse Conference is now seeking proposals for the June 2014 conference, whose theme will be “Resolving Elder Abuse: Addressing the Impact of Mental Illness.” The conference seeks to highlight the challenges of intervention and resolution of elder abuse when mental illness (including depression, anxiety, and persistent mental illness over the lifespan) impacts the victim and/or abuser. Click here to download information about proposal submission.

The End Domestic Abuse WI: the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Inc./National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) team is seeking applicants for the position of “Elder Justice Coordinator.” The Elder Justice Coordinator is responsible for nationwide leadership within the criminal and civil justice systems on enhancing safety and the quality of life of older victims and survivors. The Elder Justice Coordinator will provide training and technical assistance to professionals throughout the country. For a complete description of the position, including qualifications and application instructions, please click here.

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