Workshops

The 34th Annual Adult Protective Services Conference offers 51 workshops, all approved for social work continuing education units (SW CEU).

Sessions

Tuesday, October 3

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Walking on Eggshells: Domestic Violence and Abuse in Later Life (social work)

Candace J. Heisler, JD, and Trudy Gregorie

Domestic and family violence occur across the lifespan. With the aging of the population systems must be prepared to understand and meet the needs of older victims of domestic violence and abuse in later life. Abusers use a variety of tactics against older victims which may be different from tactics used against younger victims. Drawing on video clips of older victims discussing their abuse and a video clip of an admitted perpetrator this session will describe common abuser tactics, forms of abuse, lethality indicators, and the impact of abuser tactics on victims. Interactive activities and discussion will highlight barriers to safety and effective interviewing of alleged victims and perpetrators. The value of a collaborative multidisciplinary response to enhance victim safety and ensure that victim needs are met will also be discussed.

Understanding the Five Generations in the Workplace (leadership)

Lilly Cisneros

Have you ever wondered why you find some people more challenging than others? Could it be that there are generational differences? We are experiencing a new phenomenon, in having 5 different generations in the workplace.  How can we communicate successfully with each? What makes each different?   Stop struggling with the challenges and let's develop some strategies that will help bridge those generation gaps.  

Child Abuse and the APS Provider: How to Improve Your Cases for Civil and Criminal Trials (investigations)

Jim Sears

As more APS investigators get involved with children and providers the need for an understanding of child abuse cases arise.  In this class we will look into current trends in child abuse cases, societal perception, and how the investigator can start overcoming these issues from the beginning of the investigation.  Concepts of the Multi-Disciplinary Team, Law Enforcement involvement, common obstacles with physical and sexual abuse will be covered.  In the end all participants will have stronger cases and resources to improve their skills in these areas. 

Financial Exploitation of At-Risk Adults (investigations, social work)

Pam Kerr

Financial exploitation of the elderly and at-risk adults is exploding across the country, and it is only going to get worse with time.  The United States is experiencing the largest transfer of wealth in its history and the potential for theft of these funds from the elderly – and at-risk adults – is extraordinary.

This training will focus on defining financial exploitation, the fraud triangle, identifying red flags associated with financial exploitation, identifying questions to ask during the investigation, identifying appropriate documents to assess, and how to perform a simple analysis of information gathered. Attendees will learn a framework for a consistent process to begin an investigation and assess financial information when exploitation is suspected and will learn to identify steps to take to prevent further losses and future exploitation

Wednesday, October 4

8:30 am - 10:00 am

Keynote address

Anne Grady

Anne Grady is an internationally recognized speaker and author who shares humor, humility, refreshing honesty, and practical strategies that can be applied both personally and professionally to improve relationships, navigate change, and triumph over adversity. [learn more]

Wednesday, October 4

10:30 am - noon

Communicating Effectively with Cognitively Impaired Clients (investigations, social work)

Ron DeVere, MD

The ability to communicate effectively with our older clients and their families is essential to quality investigations and service deliver. Communicating with clients with a cognitive impairment only adds to the difficulty of investigating and service planning. This workshop will cover the five major areas that make up normal human cognitive function and the changes occur as we age. You will learn what the term “dementia” truly means, how it is used in a diagnosis, common causes of memory loss and/or dementia, and helpful tips in communicating with cognitive impaired individuals.

This workshop is geared toward individuals who perform primary or secondary investigations subsequent to allegations of abuse or neglect involving the inappropriate use of restraint.

APS and Criminal Justice Investigations: Understanding the Differences in order to Build Stronger Cases (investigations, social work)

Candace J. Heisler, JD and Holly Ramsey-Klawsnik, Ph.D.

Criminal justice system and APS responses to abuse of elderly and vulnerable adults seek to protect victims and hold offenders accountable.  Collaborative and coordinated multidisciplinary responses are intended to effectively meet these goals. Because of differing goals, procedures, and ethical principles criminal justice system and APS, efforts to coordinate investigations can be challenging and ineffective. This workshop will explore case challenges and offer suggestions for building legally sufficient cases while accommodating victim needs.

The Scene Investigation including Photography: How to Improve Your Cases for Civil and Criminal Trials (investigations)

Jim Sears

Photographic and scene techniques used to improve cases.  Working towards preserving the scene and then presenting a comprehensive presentation for the courts.  How to take the pictures so that they will be able to be used in trials, presentations to supervisors, and general applications for the photographs.  Will include a historical and societal perspective on photography and what is expected in courts of today and societal expectations.  How to be successful in your scene preservation through photographs. How to work with Law Enforcement in helping everyone's cases be stronger.

How to Create a Culture of Stakeholders Versus Employees (leadership)

Richard Hellen

Culture is defined as the sum of attitudes, values, customs, and beliefs that distinguish one group of people from another. When leaders create an exceptional culture, employees work for something greater than their check; they work with purpose. Whenever employees are committed to the mission, they move from employees to stakeholders.

Ethical Considerations for Autonomy & Independent Living (social work)

Andy Crocker

This session will examine ethical issues impacting independent living and cognitive impairment. It will also explore how making the decision whether to live at home or move might impact independence and autonomy.

You Don't Know What You Are Missing: Getting More out of Interviews with Enhanced Cognitive Interviewing (investigations, social work)

Chris Dubble

Early in our education in Adult Protective Services we are taught the basics of interviewing. It is then not long until we walk into an individual's home who only gives us short generic answers that do little to help our investigation. We are left frustrated and doubting our own abilities. While foundational interviewing techniques are important, they are often not enough to get the level of evidence from an interview that we need. Enhanced Cognitive Interviewing (ECI) is an interviewing method that has been shown to gather 40% more information out of an interview than other methods. ECI also allows investigators to better assess the validity of the information being provided. This workshop takes participants through the principles and techniques of ECI. The method is discussed in practical terms that account for the diversity of individuals interviewed by APS, time constraints on investigators and our need for trauma informed practices.

Nine Principles on Engaging, Connecting, Communicating and Impacting (social work)

Elia Moreno

Learn how 9 principles in just 90 seconds can allow you a way to build and improve relationships with people living in the crisis of poverty. These simple principles are not groundbreaking in isolation, but this method of incorporating them within a 90 second encounter offers a roadmap to a destination that few have been able to find. Learn how to engage by connecting and effectively communicate in a way that impacts every person you encounter. Because Texas ranks near the bottom in educational attainment levels and near the top in poverty levels our community's must become more proactive and systemic in responding to this devastating plague. This session will include insight on the diverse types of poverty. This understanding will allow you to work more effectively across race, poverty, gender, and generational barriers. It will also provide a different filter for audience members to address poverty; a filter without blame or judgment that allows professionals to better connect with the families they serve. 

Business Writing in APS (investigations, social work, leadership)

Michael Roberts

Do you write emails to co-workers, complete requests for records to gather evidence, summarize evidence in case documentation, or enter a subject matter expert consultation into a case? You may not realize it, but each day on the job in Adult Protective Services you exercise your business writing skills. Business writing is distinct from different types of writing, and how well you write can influence how others perceive you and how your career advances. Using examples of business writing in APS, this workshop will offer tips and resources to make your business writing more effective.

Wednesday, October 4

1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Financial Exploitation of At-Risk Adults (investigations, social work)

Pam Kerr

Financial exploitation of the elderly and at-risk adults is exploding across the country, and it is only going to get worse with time.  The United States is experiencing the largest transfer of wealth in its history and the potential for theft of these funds from the elderly – and at-risk adults – is extraordinary.

This training will focus on defining financial exploitation, the fraud triangle, identifying red flags associated with financial exploitation, identifying questions to ask during the investigation, identifying appropriate documents to assess, and how to perform a simple analysis of information gathered. Attendees will learn a framework for a consistent process to begin an investigation and assess financial information when exploitation is suspected and will learn to identify steps to take to prevent further losses and future exploitation.

Child Abuse and the APS Provider: How to Improve Your Cases for Civil and Criminal Trials (investigations)

Jim Sears

As more APS investigators get involved with children and providers the need for an understanding of child abuse cases arise.  In this class we will look into current trends in child abuse cases, societal perception, and how the investigator can start overcoming these issues from the beginning of the investigation.  Concepts of the Multi-Disciplinary Team, Law Enforcement involvement, common obstacles with physical and sexual abuse will be covered.  In the end all participants will have stronger cases and resources to improve their skills in these areas. 

Detecting Deception During Interviews (investigations)

Dennis Parker

This workshop will inform students about “theme development” and its uses to compel a confession. The workshop includes a challenging “in front of the class” interview of several students which drives home the issues discussed in lecture. We will highlight through the use of videotaped interviews exhibiting the behaviors in real settings. These are actual cases where detecting the truth depends on the interviewers ability to stay organized, interpret non-verbal indicators and avoid choosing the wrong interview location.

Wednesday, October 4

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

When to Back Off & Shut Up:  What To Consider When Investigating the Use of Restraints! (investigations)

Aaryce Hayes

Individuals responsible for investigating allegations of abuse or neglect, often encounter situations involving the use of emergency interventions such as a physical or mechanical restraint or seclusion.  These investigations can be frustrating because determinations as to when emergency interventions are necessary seem subjective.  Often investigations focus on the performance of physical skills, with less attention paid to the use of less invasive interventions to de-escalate situations.  Most regulations require de-escalation efforts prior to restraint.  Assessing whether any attempt was made to prevent the need for restraint is the first measure of understanding the clinical or care environment in which the alleged abuse or neglect (or inappropriate restraint) occurred.

Employee Misconduct Registry (EMR) (investigations)

Susan M. Wolfe and John Howard

This workshop will include a brief overview of Employee Misconduct Registry (EMR) cases and the laws pertaining to them, identification of evidence which supports an EMR case and current issues and trends arising in these cases as identified by EMR attorneys, the judges, and investigators.  The session will also include breaking into groups, working through some example cases, and experiencing a mock EMR trial.  There will also be a question and answer component for participants. 

Polyvictimization in Later Life: Implications of Findings on APS Practice (social work, investigations)

Holly Ramsey-Klawsnik, Ph.D., Candace J. Heisler, JD and Trudy Gregorie

Ramsey-Klawsnik, Heisler & Gregorie were key members of the team that conducted the NCPEA “Polyvictimization in Later Life” project and created the 6-hour polyvictimization e-learning curriculum funded by the US Office for Victims of Crime.  This project collected and analyzed research and practice findings regarding elder victimization involving multiple forms of abuse and/or multiple perpetrators.  These findings have been supplemented by the practice-based experiences of experts in elder abuse and trauma.  Polyvictimization occurs frequently in cases coming to APS attention.  We will present project findings and recommendations to assist APS practitioners in conducting thorough and complete investigations and implementing trauma-informed interventions to ameliorate the multiple harms typically experienced by victims of polyabuse. 

Ready, Set, Liftoff:   Overcome the Barriers to Your Professional Development (investigations, social work, leadership)

Reggie M. Walker

Everyone is trying to get ahead in life and get ahead in work today. The most successful way to get ahead in work is to Overcome the Barriers to Your Professional Development. In this session, participants will gain insight on how their behavior can hold them back in their career but most notably how they can "change" course with better results.

Wednesday, October 4

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

The Benefit of Employees Trusting Leadership (leadership)

Richard Hellen

Culture is defined as the sum of attitudes, values, customs, and beliefs that distinguish one group of people from another. When leaders create an exceptional culture, employees work for something greater than their check; they work with purpose. Whenever employees are committed to the mission, they move from employees to stakeholders.

Moving Your Career Forward in APS? (investigations, social work, leadership)

Michael Roberts

Advancing your career in adult protective services is about more than just doing your job. Performing well in your current role is a given. But what else does it take to rise through the ranks? This panel discussion is targeted to frontline staff and supervisors who want to build careers in adult protective services. Take in the accumulated wisdom of those who have made successful careers in adult protective services and apply it to where you are and where you want to be.

Communication Skills – A Voice for Change (investigations, social work, leadership)

Andy Crocker

Communication is a cycle where messages are sent, received and processed on an ongoing basis. It does not take much for the cycle to breakdown or go off in an unexpected direction. This session will address the communication cycle, show how to send and receive messages optimally and explore communication strategies to convey important information in a non-threatening way.

Applying Trauma-Informed Principles in APS (social work)

Holly Ramsey-Klawsnik, Ph.D.

What is trauma-informed care?  How is it provided?  Under what circumstances and by whom should it be provided?  Can it and should it be applied to APS practice?  This session will address trauma-informed principles as they apply to providing services to vulnerable adults who have suffered abuse, sudden loss, or other traumas.  Case examples will illustrate ways in which APS workers can apply trauma-informed principles to build effective rapport with clients, gather needed investigatory and assessment information, and craft intervention strategies that are victim-centered and effective. Guidelines for making APS offices, management, and supervision “trauma-informed” will also be addressed.

Thursday, October 5

8:30 am - 10:00 am

Elder Abuse: The Ties That Bind (social work)

Cathy Wood

It is estimated that 1 out of every 10 people ages 60 and older who live at home is the victim of maltreatment.   Abuse in later life affects older women more often than older men.  The impact of elder abuse on victims can be devastating.  It often results in higher risk of death, increased health problems, and financial loss.  Elder abuse is very complex.  Psychological, social, and economic factors, along with the mental and physical conditions of the victim and the perpetrator, contribute to the occurrence of elder maltreatment.  This session will address the signs of elder abuse, the contributing risk factors, the impact interpersonal violence has on elder victims, the ties that bind victims to their abusers, and the considerations that should be taken during safety planning with the victims. 

IMPACT – What's new? What's Coming Soon? (investigations, social work, leadership)

John Morales

Several updates to IMPACT have come online that are designed to make the tool more manageable and flexible. Come and learn what changes are recently put in place, and hear what changes will be available in the coming months. Time allowing, we will demonstrate the new Insight tool, show you where to find training, and answer questions about the benefits.

Texas APS In-Home Policy Open Forum (social work)

Amanda Schuler

In September 2014, the APS In-Home program began using the SHIELD practice model which includes a 3 assessment format; Safety Assessment, Risk of Recidivism, and Strengths and Needs Assessment. At that time, every part of policy was re-evaluated, and many parts were revised. As the Texas APS program has learned more through SHIELD practice, policy has evolved with that understanding. In this 90 minute workshop, participants will have an opportunity for open dialogue about policy changes and requirements. Participants will be encouraged to submit questions to the presenters before and during the presentation about APS In-Home policy. Presenters will answer questions and facilitate an open discussion among participants about policy interpretation, requirements, and management expectations. Before concluding the workshop, presenters will discuss upcoming policy changes.

Conflict, Compromise & Cordial Co-workers: Solutions for Building Solid Teams (leadership)

Kasha L. Gordon, Ph.D.

Conflict is often viewed as negative, and so many people avoid it. But, not all conflict is detrimental, and how you handle it can make or break your team and organization. In this session, learn how to avoid potential negative conflict, encourage healthy conversation, manage team dysfunction, and build more solid teams.

Practical Ethics in Protective Services (investigations, social work)

Chris Dubble

This training is developed for APS Investigators and allied professionals working with adults vulnerable to abuse, neglect and exploitation. These professionals routinely face ethical issues and dilemmas in their daily work. This workshop addresses ethical practice and policy decisions by using teaching methodologies and content that take ethics from the dry theoretical to rich applications for all of our work in APS.  These decisions can range from concerns about whether to accept a gift that doesn't have significant monetary value to deciding whether to leave someone at risk out of respect for their right to make autonomous decisions. Everyone, from new to seasoned investigators, will find information in this training that will apply to their everyday work.

When to Back Off and Shut up:  What to Consider When Investigating the Use of Restraints! (investigations)

Aaryce Hayes

Individuals responsible for investigating allegations of abuse or neglect, often encounter situations involving the use of emergency interventions such as a physical or mechanical restraint or seclusion.  These investigations can be frustrating because determinations as to when emergency interventions are necessary seem subjective.  Often investigations focus on the performance of physical skills, with less attention paid to the use of less invasive interventions to de-escalate situations.  Most regulations require de-escalation efforts prior to restraint.  Assessing whether any attempt was made to prevent the need for restraint is the first measure of understanding the clinical or care environment in which the alleged abuse or neglect (or inappropriate restraint) occurred.

This workshop is geared toward individuals who perform primary or secondary investigations subsequent to allegations of abuse or neglect involving the inappropriate use of restraint.

Personal Safety: The Life You Save Be Your Own Health (investigations, social work)

Marx Howell

Improve your situational awareness and ability to recognize vulnerabilities. This workshop will provide practical TIPS, IDEAS, and TECHNIQUES on how to identify and react prudently should you become engaged in a dangerous confrontational situation in public or with a client. You teach your children how to identify and react during FIRE DRILLS, this is fire drill training that will teach you how to identify DANGER and respond appropriately. This is information you can share with sons and daughters – HOW TO BE SAFE and reduce your potential from becoming a victim of violence.

Thursday, October 5

10:30 am - 12 noon

Forensic Accounting: Tools for Exploitation Investigations (investigations, social work)

Jason Olson and Jeremy Bendewald

This workshop will provide insight on when and how to use forensic accountants in financial exploitation cases. Jason and Jeremy will walk us through past financial exploitation cases and provide information on forensic accounting, where to start with an investigation, what to look for, how to identify what is missing, how to summarize findings and how forensic investigative tools can assist with investigations.

Texas APS Provider Investigations Policy Open Forum (investigations)

Susie Weirether

Since September of 2015, the APS Provider Investigation (PI) program has experienced a variety of changes including program centralization, investigative authority expansion, and a complete handbook overhaul. In this 90 minute workshop, participants will have an opportunity for open dialogue about policy changes and requirements. Participants will be encouraged to submit questions to the presenters before and during the presentation about APS PI policy. Presenters will answer questions and facilitate an open discussion among participants about policy interpretation, requirements, and management expectations. Before concluding the workshop, presenters will discuss upcoming policy changes.

So You Think You Can Lead? (leadership)

Kasha L. Gordon, Ph.D.

Demand is increasing for leadership at every level of organizations. Do you have what it takes to lead? What is your leadership style? This session will answer these questions, and give you a snapshot of 21st century leadership attributes, as you prepare to lead your teams to success.

Using Humor to Fight Burnout (investigations)

Ronald Dolon

Individuals working in adult protective services are compassionate, client-centered people at risk for job stress and burnout.  Stress is a major contribution to the problems clients bring for help.  Adult protective service workers have long dealt with emotions like fear, anger, and anxiety, but have neglected the value of humor.  Understanding factors which foster humor will provide an approach to creating humor.  In the field of adult protective services where stress often occurs, humor can play a significant role in preventing burnout.  This workshop will explore the benefits of using humor as a tool to reduce stress and prevent burnout.

Dying with Dignity: The Unexpected Service Plan (social work)

Katie Wilson

As APS workers, when a terminal client chooses to die with dignity, how does this fit in with our service plan? Through case scenarios, this interactive workshop will allow participants the opportunity to explore the ethical dilemma of advocating for our clients' safety, while also respecting their right to self-determination. We will also explore end-of-life comfort care, which is information we can use to empower our clients as they prepare for the final chapter in their lives.

Capacity to Consent to Sex in Older Adults (investigations, social work)

Rebecca Goodman, Ph.D., ABPP-CN

Sex can be consensual and healthy; sex can be exploitive and destructive. In this workshop we review common myths about sex among elders, and what the statistics say is really happening. We review how normal aging and dementia affect sexuality. We must protect the basic rights and needs of elders to experience sexuality as they choose; yet we must guard vulnerable elders against exploitation and physical harm. Basic clinical and legal principles about sexual decision-making capacity are reviewed. We discuss strategies for interviewing elders about sex for purposes of capacity assessment.

Ethics of End of Life Care and Alzheimer's Disease (social work)

Yvonne M Lozano, Ph.D.

Dementia gives rise to many ethical questions affecting both the individuals directly involved –the person with dementia themselves together with their close family and friends who provide much of their support – and society as a whole. The potential for frequent and serious conflicts of interest between the person being cared for and their caregivers generates further ethical difficulties. This session will discuss the ethical questions associated with people with dementia.

Online Interactive Data Book Show and Tell (leadership)

Dennis Driskell and Matt Sullivan

Live demonstration of the Texas DFPS Online Interactive Data Book will be presented with special emphasis on APS programs.  After being printed for over 30 years, the Data Book is now published online in an interactive, online-only format.  Two of the participants in the Data Book transformation will discuss the design, features and functionality of our latest online tool.  Including how to locate the data you would normally have grabbed your printed Data Book to find.  Become an APS data diving expert.  After Show & Tell:  Q&A.

Thursday, October 5

1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

A Look Inside a Criminal Mind (investigations)

Marx Howell

Violent offenders, stalkers, psychopaths and their behavior.  This training session will examine the traits and characteristics of offenders through a behavioral lens and from an investigative perspective as to crime and/or crime scene dynamics and evidence.   Stalking and Intimate Partner Homicide is an old crime with a new name and is the unwanted or obsessive attention toward another person.  This presentation includes lecture, classification of different stalkers and video clips of offenders and victims in their own words.

Forensic Accounting: Tools for Exploitation Investigations (investigations, social work)

Jason Olson and Jeremy Bendewald

This workshop will provide insight on when and how to use forensic accountants in financial exploitation cases. Jason and Jeremy will walk us through past financial exploitation cases and provide information on forensic accounting, where to start with an investigation, what to look for, how to identify what is missing, how to summarize findings and how forensic investigative tools can assist with investigations.

Thursday, October 5

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Assessment and Advocacy of Older Adults with Mental Health Problems (social work)

Irving Hellman, Ph.D.

APS workers often encounter older adults who present with a variety of interpersonal, psychological, or behavioral problems that suggest a mental health problem.  This workshop will explore the epidemiology of mental health problems in older adults, the different types of mental health problems, and standards for advocacy of older clients in need of mental health services. Through lectures, discussions, exercises, videos, and the use of screening tools for the most common mental health problems (i.e., depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, substance abuse) participants will improve their skills in identification and assessment.

Planning for Incapacity (social work)

Evelyn Dacalos Gay

The purpose of this workshop is to help persons with dementia, their family members and    caregivers become more educated about the legal, financial and health-care planning options and resources available. To learn about dementia, capacity and standards of capacity. You will learn about the Financial Power of Attorney, Joint Ownership, Trust, Representative-Payee and Estate Planning.

Suicide Prevention & the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS) – What You Need to Know to Save a Life (social work)

Laura Hernandez Gold

Each year, 40,000 people in the United States complete suicide. Suicide does not discriminate. Those with severe mental illnesses, who live alone, and/or have a history of trauma or current abuse are at highest risk for suicide because they have more risk factors than protective factors, thus tipping the scale towards ending their lives. Participants will learn prevalence rates, warning signs and symptoms, and how to complete the C-SSRS so that they can respond in the most appropriate and helpful way to save someone's life. National and local resources will also be reviewed and disseminated.

Permission to Unplug: Taking Care of You (social work)

Cathy Wood and Gail Wettstien, JD

Secondary Traumatic Stress is the emotional duress that results when an individual hears about the firsthand trauma experiences of another. Its symptoms mimic those of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  People enter Adult Protective Services because they want to make a difference, but Secondary Traumatic Stress can negatively impact the quality of services APS workers provide and it can affect their personal lives.  This workshop will address the risk factors for developing Secondary Traumatic Stress, the warning signs, and the steps for developing a self-care plan.

Highlights from the 85th Texas Legislative Session: The Impact to DFPS, APS and You (leadership)

Debra Hawes & Sonia Arredondo

Highlights from the 85th Texas Legislative Session and what bills and legislation impact Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), Adult Protective Services (APS), and you.  Ever wonder why we monitor and focus on the Texas legislative session? Why we even have session and what does it have to do with me? This town hall style meeting will focus on connecting the dots between the big picture and what that means for the DFPS and ultimately, what it means for APS. Learn about the bills that passed and those that APS is implementing. We will navigate you through how and what APS does during and leading up to the legislative session. Understand how to interact and follow along next session. Gather feedback on how we can make the session more transparent for you, information on how you can be a part of session preparation, and answer questions.

Thursday, October 5

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Microsoft Office 2016-Tips and Tricks (investigations, social work, leadership)

Erica Gullett and John Morales

Part of transitioning over to a new MS Office suite is just learning how to use the new applications. Recent updates to the applications enable us to do more than ever, working more efficiently. Though addressing all applications in the 2016 suite, this session will primarily focus on Outlook 2016 and help you discover some of the tools built into the system to help you work more productively.

Boarding and Personal Care Homes (investigations, social work)

Vincent Johnson and Ann Macleod

Boarding and Personal Care Homes are growing at an alarming rate across the state of Texas. Many of these homes are unlicensed and unregulated; remaining undetected by any agency or municipality. As a result, many elderly, mentally ill or mentally challenged are often taken advantage of. And many of these consumers or residents are enlisted in the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program of MHMRA of Harris County. Several crimes arise from unlicensed / unregistered homes such as; abuse, neglect fraud and identity theft. The City of Houston and The Houston Police Department have launched a strategy/ordinance to guide unlicensed care home owners to register these homes and keep them in compliance with health and safety standards. Neighboring cities are now in the process of adopting this ordinance to keep their citizens and residents safe as well.

Dementia Challenges: Managing Difficult Behaviors in Alzheimer's and other Dementia Related Disorders (social work)

Yvonne M Lozano, Ph.D.

Behaviors associated with different forms of dementia such as, aggression, anxiety and inappropriate sexual advances pose significant potential barriers in managing adults with this disorder. This session will provide insight into the assessment and management of the disruptive behaviors frequently associated with individuals with dementia.

Bouncing Forward: The Art of Resilience in a Chaotic World (leadership)

Scott Abel

What is resilience? People often define it as the ability to bounce back from adversity. However, this definition takes for granted that there is a constant place to bounce back to…that the world is stable and our job is to get back to normal.

However, the world is ever-changing and the 'normal' before the unexpected or adverse event happened may no longer exist. What is truly needed is to bounce forward…to not just recover from change but to adapt to and thrive in the midst of chaos.

When Mental Capacity is Questionable? (social work)

Irving Hellman, Ph.D.

APS workers in the field often suspect that an older client may not have mental capacity.  However, far too often the elder is presumed to have capacity if they can answer several orientation and/or concentration questions.   This workshop will explore the construct of mental capacity, its legal and functional definition, and the different types of decisions that can be compromised when an elder lacks mental capacity. Through lectures, discussions, exercises, and the use of powerful screening tools for mental capacity, participants will improve their skills in identifying, and assessing deficits in a range of mental functions required to make informed decisions.  Finally, participants will be provided a variety of screening tools including the SLUMS and MOCA that can be used to rapidly screen for mental capacity of older adult clients.

Friday, October 6

9:00 am - 11:00 am

Let It Go, Just Let It Go! (closing session keynote address)

Kent Rader

The U.S. Department of Labor survey states 49% of the employees in our country dislike their jobs with a third of them looking for positions in other industries. The number one reason sited by these individuals is the stress associated in most companies today. Retaining quality employees is essential to an organization's financial future.

Having spent seventeen years as a Hospital CEO and a CPA, I have experienced this stress first hand. This keynote program takes participants on a journey they won't want to end. It begins by showing participants the origins of stressful feelings and how humor is a proven tool in combating these feelings. I offer practical ways to include more humor in your life and work, along with stories that are guaranteed to make your audience laugh and your conference a success.

34th Annual Adult Protective Services Conference

October 3-6, 2017
South Padre Island, Texas
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South Padre Island Convention Centre