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Elder Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation

Online Courses


In the face of ethical and legal mandates, practitioners must be able to recognize the signs of abuse, neglect, exploitation, and self-neglect that they encounter in their work, and must be able to follow up appropriately. This course provides an understanding of abuse and neglect in its various forms, the signs and symptoms, reporting requirements, and how practitioners can work with Adult Protective Services and the other legal, medical, and community agencies that deal with this difficult and complex issue.

*You can register for this course individually or as part of a certificate program.


  • Define elder abuse.
  • Explain the social and economic costs of abuse of older adults.
  • Describe recent research findings on elder abuse, including the effects of culture and minority status.
  • Explain the mandated reporting procedures.
  • Identify the issues that affect elder abuse policy in the United States.

Course Outline

  • Pre-course Competency Assessment
  • Section I: Course Overview
  • Section II: Background and Scope
  • Section III: Types and Theories of Elder Abuse
  • Section IV: The Signs and Symptoms of Abuse in Older Adults
  • Section V: The Challenges of Special Relationships between Victim and Abuser
  • Section VI: The Role of the Social Service Practitioner
  • Section VII: Collaborative Approaches to Interventions
  • Section VIII: Ethical and Legal
  • Section IX: Policy Context
  • Section X: Course Summary
  • Course Quiz
  • Post-course Competency Evaluation
  • Certificate of Completion

Course Policies

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Accessibility Information

All online courses are self-paced and are designed as reading-based and include interactive multimedia components including simulations, video, audio, and discussion boards.

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