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In-Person Registrations Close on Friday, August 4th
On Demand Registrations will be accepted until Thursday, August 10th

About the Conference

OCAPS is pleased to announce that its 38th Annual Conference is being held at The Ohio State University Fawcett Conference in Columbus, Ohio on Friday August 11, 2023.  We are excited to be hosting an in-person conference which will also be recorded to provide an alternative format for attendees that are not able to attend in-person. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn, engage, and discuss ground-breaking interventions. Working collaboratively is key to identifying, intervening, and preventing elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.     

This year, OCAPS is featuring two fantastic high energy speakers. In the morning we will hear from Christopher Dubble, Director of the National Adult Protective Services Training Center (NATC) who will speak on the evolution of Elder Justice. He will provide insights into where we are today and challenge us on where we need to be. In the afternoon, CeCe Norwood, Nirvana Now Founder, Author, and Consultant will offer words of wisdom on the importance of self-care and how it is vital to you remaining a productive and compassionate professional.  

In addition, the conference is offering eight instructional workshops that will provide you with the opportunity to review cutting edge model of cares in responding to abuse, investigating elder financial exploitation, legal interventions, trauma informed responses, and use of probate court orders for guardianship. The event will cover multiple levels of experiences on how we can work together to move Ohio’s elder justice agenda forward.  

We invite professionals serving older adults representing adult protective services, financial services, prosecutors, law enforcement, regulatory agencies, prosecutors, court administration, consumer protection, advocacy organizations, policy makers, researchers, and all aging network professionals to attend the conference.

“Be strong enough to stand alone, be yourself enough to stand apart, but be wise enough to stand together when the time comes.” — Sayings

Learning Objectives

This conference is designed to provide an opportunity to:

  • Identify specific innovations in elder justice that can be used in future practice.

  • Learn how professional ethics have evolved for the area of elder justice nationally and in Ohio.

  • Explore how professionals can further their work in elder justice through people, purpose, and passion.

  • Discover and increase awareness of culturally specific self-care strategies; and

  • Promote collaboration among those who serve, treat, or represent victims of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

Morning Plenary Speaker - Christopher Dubble

Where We Can Go: The Evolution of Elder Justice
This plenary session uses strengths-based and person-centered perspectives to reflect on the evolution of elder justice. We will address strategies and interventions that have evolved and/or changed throughout our work in this area. Using an ethics-based perspective, we will explore our current responses to abuse, neglect, and exploitation. We will discuss how modern promising practices can effectively be applied to a multi-disciplinary approach for the current and future practice of every professional dedicated to elder justice. Finally, we will explore the future of elder justice and the incredible potential for our work by focusing on people, purpose, and passion.

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Afternoon Plenary Speaker - CeCe Norwood

Self-Care IS N0T Self-ish
The effects of traumatic events place a heavy burden on individuals, families, the communities in which they reside and You, the “helper”. Although many “helpers” who have experienced traumatic events will go on with their lives without lasting negative effects, others will have more difficulty and possibly experience toxic stress. Trauma experiences have no regard for careers, age, gender, socioeconomic status, physical status, race, ethnicity, geography, or sexual orientation. The good news: You and others can overcome the lasting effects of traumatic events with appropriate support & interventions.

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Conference Schedule

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Registration includes access to the live sessions on August 11th along with access to on-demand sessions following the live event. CEUs will be provided at no additional cost. Please note that CLE's can only be obtained thru in-person attendance.

Conference Rates:
Member = $1
Non-member = $200
Student / Retiree = $80


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Professional Credits are currently pending. We have applied for 5 contact hours for the in-person conference for both CLEs and CEUs. The on-demand format will only  be available for CUE credits (not CLEs); currently 12.5 CEUs are pending.

Cancellation Policy

Registrations for the in-person conference will be accepted until Wednesday, August 2, 2023. On—demand registration will be accepted until Wednesday, August 9, 2023. All cancellations must be processed by contacting OCAPS at All modifications and cancellation requests are pending until the request is confirmed by OCAPS.

Registration change options are:

  1. Substitute for a new attendee. Substitutions can be made anytime by modifying your registration information (including onsite at conference check-in). On-site name substitutions will be accepted.

  2. Request to modify registration from In-person to “On-demand only” will be accepted upon request.

  3. Cancel registration entirely. Your registration must be cancelled no later than Friday July 21, 2023, to receive a full refund. After July 21st, a $35.00 cancellation fee will apply. On-demand registration or on-site name substitutions will be accepted to avoid the cancellation fee. “No-shows” will be billed the full registration fee.



Ohio Department of Job and Family Services/Ohio Human Services Training System



American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

Franklin County Office on Aging

Ohio Department of Aging



Area Agency on Aging 3
Area Agency of Northwest Ohio

Cuyahoga County Division of Senior and Adult Services

Direction Home of Eastern Ohio

Kemper House - Worthington

Ohio Health Care Association

Ohio Job & Family Services Directors' Association

Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program

The Ohio State University College of Social Work



Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging

Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging

Consortium Against Adult Abuse

Direction Home Akron Canton Area Agency on Aging

Hamilton County Law library

Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry

Ohio Department of Commerce - Division of Securities

Ohio Guardianship Association

Ohio Probate Court Judges Association

Ohio University Consortium for Child and Adult Services


Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro's DJFS

Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging



Area Agency on Aging, Region 9

FirstLight Home Care of Central Ohio

IKOR of Columbus

Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging



Kimball Business Solutions

Merchant Bank

National Association of Social Workers - Ohio Chapter

PNC Bank - Powell

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