Specialized Violence: Elder Abuse

Presented By Kelly A. Watt, PhD
Kelly A. Watt, PhD

1 hour | 1 CE

This on-demand professional training program on Specialized Violence – Elder Abuse is presented by Kelly A. Watt, PhD, 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 program reviews methods for assessing and managing risk for elder abuse perpetration; in particular, this program focuses on the use of structured professional judgment guidelines such as the Elder Abuse Risk List (EARL; Storey, Hart, & Kropp, 2016).

Intended Audience

This on-demand professional training program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals

Experience Level

This on-demand professional training program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

CE / CPD Credit

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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 obtained her BA in psychology at Simon Fraser and her MA and Ph.D. 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 ...

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Protect International Risk and Safety Services

We are proud to partner with Protect International Risk and Safety Services for this training. Protect International's threat assessment professionals are internationally recognized experts that have developed some of the world's most widely used and best-validated threat assessment tools. Protect International provides services and products related to violence risk assessment and management, also known as threat assessment and management. Protect International services and products include threat assessment training and support, case assessment and management, legal consultation, policy review and development, and program evaluation and research; along with threat assessment manuals, worksheets, licenses, and software applications for those tools.

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