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Advanced Forensic Investigations. Mental Health and Physical Conditions in the Elderly

Feb 20, 2019 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM | Feb 21, 2019 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Training Registration - Tyler,TX | Feb 20, 2019 to Feb 21, 2019

Tyler Police Department
Faulkner Park Station
574 West Cumberland Road
Tyler, TX 75703
CEU's Available - Yes



ADVANCED FORENSIC INVESTIGATIONS:  MENTAL HEALTH AND PHYSICAL CONDITIONS IN THE ELDERLY

OVERVIEW: 

According to the National Center for Elder Abuse, Elder Abuse includes three components: a. physical, sexual or psychological abuse, as well as neglect, abandonment and financial exploitation of an older person by another person or entity, b. that occurs in any setting (e.g., home, community or facility), c. either in a relationship where there is an expectation of trust and/or when an older person is targeted based on age or disability. Although definitions vary by jurisdiction, research and practice have shown approximately 1 in 10 Americans aged 60+ have experienced some form of elder abuse. Some estimates range as high as 5 million elders who are abused each year.  According to the National Council on Aging, Social isolation and mental impairment (such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease) are two factors. Recent studies show that nearly half of those with dementia experienced abuse or neglect. Interpersonal violence also occurs at disproportionately higher rates among adults with disabilities. Physical and mental health issues affect multiple body systems so abuse is often missed by investigators and assumed to be a part of the adult’s existing medical condition. This course is based on the philosophy that professionals with a strong foundational understanding of the medical aspects of elder abuse and risk factors for elder abuse will be able to utilize their knowledge to ask the right questions that impact case decisions and priorities from their first contact. 
 
GOAL
The Mental Health and Physical Conditions in the Elderly Population is a two-day course designed to provide the law enforcement officer, APS Specialist/Investigator, mental health specialists, and other professionals who work with the elderly population with advanced knowledge related to the mental health and physical conditions seen in the elderly and persons with disabilities.
 
The course covers the following topics:
1. Aging Overview – Conditions related to the normal aging process vs. conditions involving a rapid decline in mental health or the physical condition that requires immediate medical intervention.
2. Highlights of Changes from DSM-IV-TR to DSM-5 – Changes to the DSM-5 became e?ective May 18, 2013, marking one of the most major changes to the manual in over 20 years.
3. Mental Health Conditions – Mental health and mental illness defined and the impact of mental health conditions on all areas of life including mentally, cognitively, and physically. The importance of interventions to stabilize and often reverse conditions that contribute to the decline of mental health.
4. Physical Conditions – An overview of physical conditions including some that sometimes mask as mental health conditions and how to di?erentiate and provide proper interventions.
5. Untreated Conditions – A discussion of un- treated conditions in context with the rapid decline of an elderly person and the indicators an investigator would expect to see.
6. Medications – Information related to medications commonly used, recognizing dangerous issues of polypharmacy, and drug inter- actions, over the counter and herbal medications, quick reference guides and apps available to help the investigator will be discussed.
7. Resources – A group exercise to develop a guide to local, state, and national resources for professionals involved in investigating and protecting the elderly.
8.Service Planning (using the multidisciplinary team) – A small group exercise to develop a service plan using case studies with complex case facts and resources from the local, state, and national level.
 
 
A brief overview of aging will discuss the importance of identifying conditions related to the normal aging process vs. conditions involving a rapid decline in mental health or physical condition. The correlation between mental and physical health will be discussed and emphasis for immediate intervention will be placed on rapid behavior or physical changes indicating the need for immediate intervention. Untreated conditions will be discussed in context with the rapid decline of a client and the indicators an APS Specialist/Investigator would expect to see. Information related to medications commonly used, recognizing dangerous issues of polypharmacy, and drug interactions will be provided along with quick reference charts to be used in the field. To apply newly acquired knowledge, participants will work in a small group with multidisciplinary team members to develop a service plan using case studies with complex case facts.  As resources are a key factor for assisting the elderly population with acute and long term issues, a large group resource development block will allow participants to share their knowledge of local, state, and national resources and develop additional resource tools.
 
 
Target Audience:  
Law Enforcement, Adult Protective Services, First Responders:  Patrol, Firefighters, EMS, Attorneys and Legal Personnel, Social Workers, Advocates, Medical Personnel, Fraud and Financial Crime Investigators, Professionals Involved in Elder Abuse Cases. 
 
CEU’S Available:  TCOLE Credits and  SW CEU’s available 
 
COST:   $125
 
Location: 
Tyler Police Department
Faulkner Park Station
574 West Cumberland
Tyler, Texas. 75053

Questions?   Ron Kunz
 
The Shaken Baby Alliance
8101 Boat Club Rd, Ste. 240 #154 Fort Worth, TX 76179
PHONE:   817-882-8686
FAX (817) 882-8687
 

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