1 Hour | 1 CE

This on-demand professional training program on Specialized Violence – Elder Abuse is presented by Kelly A. Watt, Ph.D., in partnership with Protect International Risk and Safety Services.

Elder abuse is defined as “the actual, attempted, or threatened physical or serious psychological harm, either deliberate or reckless, of vulnerable older people that are unauthorized and perpetrated by people who are in positions of trust, responsibility, or authority concerning the vulnerable older people” (Storey, Hart, & Kropp, 2016, p. 6). This definition includes both physical abuse and neglect. Elder abuse varies substantially in form and severity and, as a result, poses unique challenges to law enforcement and other professionals working in this area. This program includes a review of definitional issues regarding elder abuse as well as a discussion of the prevalence and scope of the problem. In addition, this webinar reviews methods for assessing and managing risk for elder abuse perpetration; in particular, this webinar focuses on the use of structured professional judgment guidelines such as the Elder Abuse Risk List (EARL; Storey, Hart, & Kropp, 2016).

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

  • Describe elder abuse

  • Describe challenges related to assessing and managing elder abuse, including the prevalence and form of this behavior

  • Describe structured professional judgment guidelines in the assessment and management of risk for elder abuse

Presented By

Kelly A. Watt, PhD

Dr. Kelly A. Watt works as a Threat Assessment Specialist at Protect International and is a member of the Mental Health, Law, and Policy Institute at Simon Fraser University in Canada. Dr. Watt is the editor of the Intelligence newsletter which is disseminated on behalf of threat assessment professional associations in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia Pacific, and that provides recent advances in research, practice, and the law related to threat assessment around the globe.
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