This webinar on Specialized Violence- Elder Abuse presented by Dr. Kelly Watt. Elder abuse is defined as “the actual, attempted, or threatened physical or serious psychological harm, either deliberate or reckless, of vulnerable older people that is unauthorized and perpetrated by people who are in positions of trust, responsibility, or authority with respect to 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 webinar will include a review definitional issues regarding elder abuse as well as a discussion of the prevalence and scope of the problem. In addition, this webinar will review methods for assessing and managing risk for elder abuse perpetration; in particular, this webinar will focus on the use of structured professional judgment guidelines such as the Elder Abuse Risk List (EARL; Storey, Hart, & Kropp, 2016).
If you are unable to attend the live webinar, please register and we will send you a link to the recorded version the day after the live event.
– Review issues on elder abuse
– Elder abuse perpetration
– SPJ and EARL guidelines
his webinar is intended for professionals that want to enhance their understanding on SPJ and the EARL including those working in criminal justice, security, health care, social service, education, and human resources settings. This webinar is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.
Upon completion of this webinar, participants should be able to:
1. Describe elder abuse.
2. Describe challenges related to assessing and managing elder abuse, including the prevalence and form of this behaviour.
3. Describe structured professional judgement guidelines in the assessment and management of risk for elder abuse.
About Dr. Kelly Watt
Dr. Kelly A. Watt obtained her BA in psychology at Simon Fraser and her MA and PhD in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She worked as a Psychology Fellow at Vancouver Coastal Health between 2008 and 2010. She currently works as Threat Assessment Specialist at Protect International and a Workplace Consultant at Competence Center Bergen. She is a member of the Mental Health, Law, and Policy Institute at Simon Fraser University. Her expertise is in the field of clinical-community-forensic psychology, with a special focus on violence risk assessment and management, victim safety planning, coordinated community responses, and threat assessment teams. She has co-authored more than 75 articles, chapters, reports, and presentations and is the co-author of manuals for risk assessment and safety planning, including the Risk for Sexual Violence Protocol (RSVP), and the Aid to Safety Assessment and Planning (ASAP). She is currently the editor of Intelligence, the newsletter of the Canadian, American, European, and Asia Pacific associations of threat assessment professionals. She also currently serves the chair of special interest group for the Canadian Association of Threat Assessment Professionals. She has provided over 120 invited presentations and workshops for mental health, law enforcement, corrections, security, victim services, social services, human resources, occupational health and safety, and legal professionals in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Continuing Education Credit
This is a live webinar. To earn CE’s, you will have to complete the webinar quiz and evaluation for this Live Webinar. No partial credit is available. For this webinar, you will need to pass the webinar quiz with 70% correct and complete a webinar evaluation form to earn the certificate. You can take the test as many times as necessary to pass. Participants will earn 1 CE hour for completion once they have completed these requirements. Each participant will be able to print their CE certificate immediately after completing and passing the post-test and evaluation.
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