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After All Its Just Verbal Abuse - The Verbal Abuse Mosaic 

Morning Session   Room - Clinton 
Paul Needham

Addressing the Potential Relationship between Opioid Misuse and Elder Abuse through Community-Based Opioid Education Programs

Morning Session     Room - Alumni Lounge
Dr. Nancy Orel and Denise Niese

A Way Forward: Collectively Responding to Financial Elder Abuse

Morning Session     Room - Franklin/Hamilton
Sylvia Pla-Raith and Kelly Igoe

Cross-System Collaborations Among Adult Protective Services and Community Agencies to Reduce Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation

Morning Session   Room - Hancock 
Farida Ejaz, Ph.D., LISW-S and Miriam Rose, M.Ed.

Elder Self-Neglect: Ethical Challenges and Techniques for Decision-Making 

Afternoon Session     Room - Clinton
Georgia Anetzberger, Ph.D., ACSW, LISW

Cross-System Collaboration: Powerful Partnering!

Afternoon Session     Room - Hancock
Gary J. Weston

Invasion of Independence: A Case Study

Afternoon Session   Room - Alumni Lounge
Paul R. Shugar, Esq., Adriann S. McGee, Esq., and Natasha Pietrocola

Connecting the Dots with Abuse and Deaf Community 

Afternoon Session   Room - Franklin/Hamilton
Stephanie Smith-Bowman and Joseph DeFalco

Afternoon Plenary Session

Main Ballroom
Tell Your Story, Make Change: Advocacy and APS
Beth Kowalczyk and Maridell Couture

Luncheon Speaker

Main Ballroom
A 2019 View of OCAPS and OhioHOPES
Susan Marshall, Executive Director