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Forensic Investigation and Legal Issues Related to Crimes Against the Elderly and People with Disabilities

Training Registration - Dallas,TX | Sep 30, 2021 - Oct 01, 2021

Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center
5351 Samuell Blvd


Dallas, TX 75228
CEU's Available - Yes

Agency Partner -The Dallas Children's Advocacy Center, The Senior Source Elder Financial Center,

FORENSIC INVESTIGATION AND LEGAL ISSUES RELATED TO CRIMES AGAINST THE ELDERLY AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES 

BACKGROUND 
Studies show that nearly 50% of those with dementia experienced abuse or neglect. Interpersonal violence occurs at higher rates among adults with disabilities. This past year of COVID related issues such as isolation, financial stress, and concerns about health—led to increased depression and anxiety, making older adults and people with disabilities more susceptible to abuse and neglect. The elderly and people with disabilities need our help to be protected now, more than ever before.
 
Our two-day training addresses the challenges of elder abuse and neglect, including financial exploitation.  Successful case outcomes depend on the investigator having the knowledge and skills to develop a solid legal case. This includes a thorough medical examination, proper diagnosis, a complete and timely investigation, and knowledgeable responses by civil and criminal legal systems. Our training, taught by a faculty of subject matter experts who are board certified or otherwise credentialed in the field, provides these tools. 
 
COURSE CONTENT DAY 1
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Welcome/Course Overview/Pre-Test
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Medical Aspects of Elder Abuse:  Finding Truths in More Challenging Settings - Part 1
Objectives: 
 1.  Recognize inherent challenges in working with victims who present unique investigative and medical issues in cases of suspected abuse and/or maltreatment.         
2.  Understand and describe the challenges inherent in the medical analysis of special victims cases and how to proceed to maximum client benefit in such cases.
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Medical Aspects of Elder Abuse:  Finding Truths in More Challenging Settings - Part 2
By the end of the session, attendees will:                                                                                                                                                             3.  Demonstrate an understanding of the difficulty in distinguishing between inflicted trauma and natural disease in cases involving special victims.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   4. Apply principles of special victims case investigation to simulated case scenarios to demonstrate understanding the value of a collaborative multidisciplinary approach to individual casework.
Faculty:  Jamie Downs, M.D., D-ABP-AP/CP/FP, F-AAFS, F-NAME, F-ASCP, F-CAP, D-ABMDI, forensX, LLC
12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Lunch - On Your Own
1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Forensic Investigative Techniques:  The 12 Elements of the Successful Investigation- Part 1 
Objectives:                                                                                                                                                                                                           1.  List the 12 Elements of a Successful Investigation and state that 6 or more elements are needed for a successful criminal prosecution including:  scene investigation, detailed interviews, electronic/documentary/other evidence, physical evidence, and a visual timeline.            2.  State the thorough scene investigation will include a detailed narrative, sketch, scene photography with the following vantage points:  overall, mid-range, close-up, and close-up with size standard.
2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Forensic Investigative Techniques:  The 12 Elements of the Successful Forensic Investigation - Part 2
Objectives:                                                                                                                                                                                                           1.  State that both a narrative timeline and a visual timeline are needed for a thorough investigation.                                                                2.  State that visual timelines can be used in follow-up interviews with medical providers, case staffings, interviewing a suspect or witnesses, and as demonstrative evidence in legal proceedings.
Faculty:  Bonnie Armstrong, Executive Director, The Shaken Baby Alliance  
                Shane Kizer, Denton PD
 
COURSE CONTENT DAY 2 
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Building an Elder Law Case by Asking Questions 
Objectives:                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Demonstrate an understanding of gathering data for prosecuting criminal cases regarding the elderly and disabled.  
2. Demonstrate an understanding of preparing civil cases on behalf of the elderly and disabled. 
3. Demonstrate an understanding of integral players in building a case on behalf of the elderly and or disabled. 
Faculty: Elisa Reiter, JD, Underwood and Perkins, PC
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. When Opportunity Knocks, Don’t Answer: Dealing Ethically with Incapacitated and Elderly Individuals
Objectives:  
1. Demonstrate an understanding of self-dealing with an Alleged Incapacitated Person (AIP) and related ethical issues. 
2. Demonstrate an understanding of "Whose money is it anyway?" – saving for heirs vs. spending on an Alleged Incapacitated Person (AIP) and related ethical issues. 
3. Demonstrate an understanding of AIP’s preferences vs. best interest and related ethical issues.
Faculty: Melinda Hartnett, JD, The Hartnett Law Firm 
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Reforming Guardianships 
Objectives:                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Demonstrate an understanding of how to foster the interdisciplinary network necessary to fulfil the objective of creating a structure for better guardianship or other responsive protective measures necessary to meet the needs of at risk persons.                                                2. Demonstrate an understanding of how effective investigation strategies can enhance the ability of Judges to formulate effective remedies for risk prevention.                                                                                                                                                                                3. Demonstrate an understanding of the view “from the bench” and what it takes from federal, state, county, and community partners to reform guardianships.
Faculty: Brenda Hull Thompson, Presiding Judge, Probate Court of Dallas County
12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Lunch - On Your Own
1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. The Crime of the 21st Century. Financial Exploitation 
Objectives:                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Demonstrate how to recognize and identify the uncommon indicators of elder financial abuse.                                                                    2. Demonstrate how to use the tools and resources provided to develop a case for reporting elder financial abuse.                                        3. Demonstrate an increased knowledge and access to information and resources through the new elder abuse prevention APP – S.O.S. (Shield Our Seniors)
Faculty: Julie Krawcyzk, Director, Elder Financial Center
               Steve Benton, Financial Counselor, Elder Financial Center 
2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Where There's a Will, There's a Way.  Case Studies of Elder Abuse 
Objectives:                                                                                                               
1. Learn the dynamics present between victim and perpetrator in elder abuse relationships. 
2. Understand the challenges in investigating and prosecuting an elder abuse crime.
3. Identify the different mental cognitive abilities an elder abuse victim may have.
Faculty:  Donna Max, Asst. US Attorney, Northern District of TX.                                                                                                                                      Camilia Lopez, Asst. US Attorney   Eastern District of TX
4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Q & A/Resources/Evaluations/Post-Test/Certificates
 
 
CEU's AVAILABLE:  TCOLE, CLE, SW
 
 
TRAINING LOCATION: 
IN PERSON on a first come first serve basis. 
Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center
5351 Samuell Blvd, Dallas, TX 75228
 
LIMITED SEATING. REGISTER EARLY.
VIRTUAL DELIVERY AVAILABLE 
 
 
HOTEL:
Sheraton Dallas Hotel
400 Olive St, Dallas, TX 75201
CODE: GOV
www.SheratonDallas.com
 
FEES:
Registration Fee:    $199
After September 24, 2021:  $250
 
CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY:
Request for refunds for the training must be received via email at info@shakenbaby.org no later than September 27, 2021, at 5:00 p.m.  No refunds will be provided after this date, but substitutions may be made.
 
A light breakfast and snack will be provided.
All other meals are on your own. 
Questions:  Contact Ron Kunz    rkunz@shakenbaby.org     or 817-882-8686   
 
 
 
 

 


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