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Informing Multidisciplinary Practice on Adult Abuse Concepts and Trends

This conference workshop focuses on elder abuse, neglect & exploitation (ANE) of older adults and adults with disabilities.  This workshop will provide attendees with information and tools to improve recognition of and appropriate response to victims of ANE.  It is designed to cover not only the basics of ANE but to provide context related to the changes of aging, stress, and trauma as these elements, among others, add to the complexity of identifying ANE.  It is intended to enhance the knowledge of forensic nurses who encounter and treat victims of at-risk adult abuse.

This Web Series will launch on September 15, 2020 and feature five 90-minute interactive web sessions through October 6, 2020 (see dates and session descriptions below).  Unable to attend one of the live sessions?  Registrants will be able to access recorded sessions at their convenience through December 30, 2020.


There will be case scenarios for group discussions throughout the course.  All attendees will receive course materials as well as a list of core competencies for ANE based on information provided during the workshop.

  • Basic Information on Demographics of Older Adults and Adults With Disabilities

  • Reporting Stats by Incident Location (Private Dwelling vs Long-Term Care Facility)

  • Implicit Bias

  • Challenges of Accessing Care & Consequences of Delayed Access

  • Abuse, Neglect & Exploitation (ANE) Definitions

  • State Statutes Specific to ANE

  • Mandated Dual Reporting (Private Dwelling v Long-Term Care Facility)

  • Changes of Aging & ANE

  • Impact of Adverse Childhood Events in Later Life

  • Challenges Diagnosing ANE

  • Allostatic Load

  • Trauma

  • Neurobiology of Trauma and Aging

  • Trauma-Informed Care for At-Risk Adults

  • Forensic Markers of ANE

  • Types of ANE/Indicators: Physical, Sexual, Asphyxia, Neglect, Financial Exploitation, Trafficking for Benefits

  • Suspicious Deaths: Body/Scene/Context/Mimickers

  • Screening Tips and Tools

  • Assessment: Abuse Intervention Model

  • Documentation: GERI-Injury Documentation Tool

  • Person-Centered Care

  • Autonomy

  • Informed Consent

  • Decision-Making Capacity

  • GA Abuse, Neglect & Exploitation (GANE) App

  • Resources


Upon completion of IMPACT, learner's will possess basic knowledge and skills to:

  • Recognize Abuse, Neglect & Exploitation (ANE).

  • Respond appropriately to ANE.

  • Promote patient safety & reduce further trauma.

  • Understand context of changes of aging, ACEs, Stress, & ANE.

  • Utilize an interdisciplinary approach to meet the needs of at-risk adult ANE victims.

  • Enhance organizational policies/procedures.




  • Session I: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM (EST)

  • Session II: Thursday, September 17, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM (EST)

  • Session III: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM (EST)

  • Session IV: Thursday, October 13, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM (EST)

  • Session V: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM (EST)


  • AFN Members Discounted Price: $140

  • Non-AFN Members: $195


  • Free 3 module course for eLearning on child abuse for you and your institution from our sponsor Evidentia learning.

  • 40% discount on STM e-Learning Library subscription.  All books included, plus new workbooks coming out this summer.


No refunds on Web Series registration.  Registrants who are unable to attend may gift his/her purchase to an individual qualifying for the same registration rate. For example, an AFN Member may not gift his/her ticket to a non-member. To make arrangements to gift your purchase to another individual, please contact AFN as soon as possible at: afn@afnmail.org




Total contact hours if ALL webinars are completed: 7 contact hours.


  1. The planners and faculty have declared no conflict of interest.

  2. Criteria for successful completion: contact ours commensurate with participation AND completion of an evaluation form.

  3. IMPACT is approved as a one-day course, and CEUs can only be awarded to participants that attend and complete ALL sessions.

  4. There will be a link at the end of the webinar.  Click the link to complete your evaluation.

  5. Your certificate will be emailed to you.  Please allow 1 to 2 days to receive your certificate.

  6. Expiration date for completion: December 30, 2020.

The activity number assigned is #2-0.2289 with approval dates January 26, 2020 to January 26, 2022.  7-hours of CE provided through Alabama States Nurses Association as one course.




Session I

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

90 Minutes

5:00 PM EST (4:00 PM CST, 3:00 PM MST, 2:00 PM PST)

Module 1: Course Overview, At-Risk Adults: Ageism/Ableism, EBP, Research

One way to prevent future victimizations is to understand nuances of the effected populations.

Most states have statutes to define older adults and adults with disabilities (at-risk adults for brevity).    This module provides an overview of the truths and myths about at-risk adults.

Module 2: Legal Issues, Definitions, Mandated Reporting, EBP, Research

In order to prevent future victimization, it is important to ensure the safety of the victim. This module will provide information on state and federal reporting requirements and a brief overview of protective, regulatory and advocacy systems.  Information will be provided about pending regulations to address the lack of reporting in skilled nursing homes.  You’ll also learn about the lack of evidence-based practices in this field and about new and existing national data sources for those conducting research.

Session II

Thursday, September 17, 2020

90 Minutes

5:00 PM EST (4:00 PM CST, 3:00 PM MST, 2:00 PM PST)

Module 3: Stress, Trauma & Aging

Chronic conditions and/or disabilities can make the detection of abuse, neglect & exploitation challenging.  This module will look at abuse of at-risk adults through the lens of adverse childhood experiences, changes of aging, chronic stress, & trauma.  To improve interactions with at-risk adults and avoid misdiagnoses, information will be provided on the neurobiology of trauma and the impact of trauma on at-risk adults.

Session III

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

90 Minutes

5:00 PM EST (4:00 PM CST, 3:00 PM MST, 2:00 PM PST)

Module 4:  Forensic Markers, & Indicators of Abuse, Neglect & Exploitation

This module will address information to assist in the recognition of abuse, neglect & exploitation of at-risk adults based on hundreds of cases and using case studies. Specific information will be provided on strangulation and sexual abuse of at-risk adults.

Session IV

Thursday, October 13, 2020

90 Minutes

5:00 PM EST (4:00 PM CST, 3:00 PM MST, 2:00 PM PST)

Module 5: Ethical Issues, Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed Approach

This module covers many issues you may face such as reporting, decision-making capacity, & cultural issues while providing care to at-risk adults.  Additionally, suggestions for person-centered and trauma-informed care for at-risk adults will also be addressed.

Module 6: Suspicious Deaths

What constitutes a “suspicious” death in at-risk adults with chronic conditions? Age and pre-existing conditions/disabilities alone should not be the only determining factors when looking at the death of at-risk adults.  This module will address three domains to consider when deaths of at-risk adults occur.

Session V

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

90 Minutes

5:00 PM EST (4:00 PM CST, 3:00 PM MST, 2:00 PM PST)

Module 7: Screening, Assessing & Documenting 

There is not enough supporting evidence at this time regarding screening tools.  However, there are assessment and screening tools currently being investigated which will be examined. The previous modules provided information on what to look for when assessing for abuse, neglect & exploitation.  Emergency department medical records are sometimes the only information available for at-risk adult abuse victims therefore documentation is critical. This module will put all the information together so you can accurately document your findings. 

Module 8: Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Teams & Resources

Person-centered care involves a team effort. This module will provide information on the importance of interdisciplinary teams inside healthcare systems and multidisciplinary teams outside healthcare systems.  This module will also cover national resources on a variety of services, information and education about at-risk adults that can assist you in improving outcomes for adult victims of crime.  




Pat King


Pat King, RN is a forensic nurse with extensive experience addressing the issue of abuse, neglect and exploitation of older adults and adults with disabilities (at-risk adults).  She is the Manager of the Forensic Special Investigations Unit (FSIU) in the Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Aging Services (DAS).  Her specific areas of interest regarding at-risk adults are suspicious deaths, human trafficking for monthly benefits and trauma-informed care. 

Pat has consulted on numerous fatal neglect cases at the request of prosecutors and investigators.  She developed and is the lead instructor for the one-day course for clinicians, IMPACT (Informing Multidisciplinary Practices on Adult Abuse Concepts & Trends).  She conducts monthly training to GA Coroners on elder deaths.  She is a frequent presenter at state and national conferences, and she has co-authored several articles on various aspects of at-risk adult abuse.  She recently returned to school to obtain her master’s in nursing in Forensic Nursing.