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 is the second Slidecast in NYCEAC’s Elder Justice Visual Podcast Series – professionals discussing elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. Our Podcast Series features interviews with professionals from a wide range of disciplines, with the goal of providing you with interesting and helpful information about policy, practice, research and education. Our interviews purposefully focus on successes and challenges relevant to the elder justice field.
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In this Slidecast, Robin Roberts, LMSW, NYCEAC’s Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Coordinator, defines MDTs, provides an overview of NYCEAC’s teams and offers information about how professionals can access a team. She also discusses the benefits, successes and challenges of MDTs.
Key Points in the Podcast
- Overview of NYCEAC’s MDTs
- Ways professionals can seek case consultation or access a team
- Benefits, successes and challenges of MDTs
Synopsis of the Podcast
The NYC Elder Abuse Center’s multidisciplinary teams are comprised of professionals from diverse disciplines and across systems who come together to provide comprehensive assessment and develop thoughtful solutions on complex abuse cases. Teams typically include representatives from the fields of medicine, law, social work, adult protective services and many others.
NYCEAC’s Multidisciplinary Teams (MDTs):
- Elder Abuse Case Coordination Review Team (EACCRT)
- The Brooklyn Multidisciplinary Team (Brooklyn MDT)
In this slidecast, Robin notes that elder abuse cases are complicated and no one service system is equipped to respond to the complex needs of elder abuse victims. MDTs can address the problem and offer a solutions. MDTs can provide assessments, assistance and bring resolution to difficult cases utilizing perspectives and resources from across disciplines, organizations and systems.
Robin also points out that there is research to supports the effectiveness of teams. An independent researcher conducted an evaluation of NYCEAC’s teams and found that the teams are effective1.
“The team members will tell you: it saves time, energy, resources and
also prevents the duplication of services.” – Robin Roberts, LMSW
- Introducing our First Podcast! The NYC Elder Abuse Center: The Power of Partnerships
- Crowd Captivated at MDT Workshop 2012 NYC Elder Abuse Conference
- Part Two of an Elder Abuse Case Study
by Cara Kenien, LMSW, MPA, Social Media Manager, NYCEAC