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Date(s) - 02/07/2019
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm



Goal Attainment Scaling: A Client-Centered Tool to Generate Intervention Plans and Measure Case Resolution in APS

Elder abuse response programs, such as adult protective services (APS) and other community-based agencies, work within a client-centered practice paradigm that respects the self-determination of older adults. The overall objective of elder abuse response programs is to reduce the risk of re-victimization and improve the older adult’s safety and quality of life in accordance with their preferred resolution outcomes. Practitioners are tasked with understanding the unique circumstances of a case and working with the client to co-construct a tailored intervention plan. The varying goals and expectations across clients present a challenge in measuring the key outcome of case resolution, because it is defined differently across cases.

This webinar will describe the development and implementation of goal attainment scaling (GAS), a client-centered goal-setting strategy that can be used to help generate an intervention plan and measure case progress toward a client’s preferred resolution outcome. The presentation will also present results from a GAS feasibility study conducted with the State of Maine APS and will provide a demonstration of the web-based application (app) used to facilitate GAS in an elder abuse response program.


Dr. David Burnes is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and an Affiliate Scientist at Baycest Health Sciences, Rotman Research Institute. Dr. Burnes completed a PhD at Columbia University School of Social Work in New York City, concentrating in gerontology and advanced practice. His program of research centers around the issue of elder abuse. Specifically, his research focuses on understanding and preventing elder abuse in the community, including the development of basic science (prevalence, risk factors, severity), developing/evaluating interventions, and developing intervention outcome measures.

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