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“The Adult Protective Services Puzzle:

Putting the Pieces Together”

OCAPS 34th
Annual Conference

Friday, March 15, 2019

About the Conference

This year's conference will examine Ohio’s APS Program and introduce best practices that are being used by the various counties to protect victims of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. In addition, we will review elder case law and explore the continued development of interdisciplinary teams that are essential when intervening and providing safety for victims. It has become imperative for APS staff to play a greater role in collecting evidence, substantiating reports and testifying in legal proceedings. As changes to APS laws progress, we will need to continue to examine, clarify, and define the role of APS and the feasibility of workers serving as both investigators and victim advocates. As the effects of abuse become more severe and the punishments for abusers increase, APS’s role will become more evident and conceivably force us to reassess old assumptions.

Learning Objectives

This conference is designed to provide an opportunity to:

  • Enhance job skills and provide opportunities to exchange knowledge and ideas with other professionals.

  • Address major concerns and issues related to the revisions to the Adult Protective Services Laws on elder adult abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

  • Elevate public awareness of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of elderly persons.

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

  • Enhance clinical skills for daily practice, identification, investigation, and provision of adult protective services.

  • Discuss some of the ethical dilemmas inherent in this work.

Conference Schedule at a Glance

  • 8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00 am Opening Remarks
  • 9:15 am Opening Plenary Session 
  • 10:30 am Morning Break
  • 10:45 am Morning Workshops 
  • 12:15 pm Luncheon and Awards
  • 1:45 pm Afternoon Workshops 
  • 3:15 pm Break
  • 3:30 pm Closing Plenary Session 
  • 4:30 pm Closing Remarks
5.25 CEU’s are awarded to Social Workers and Counselors by the Ohio Human Service Training System (OHSTS). OHSTS is co-sponsoring this forum and is an approved Continuing Education Provider through the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board (CSWMFT Provider #RCS091301).
The Ohio Prosecuting Attorney’s Association has requested approval from the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 3.5 hours of general CLE credit on behalf of OCAPS
Opening Plenary Session
APS: A Very Special Team InDeed
Paul Needham
​APS is so incredibly special! What you do as an individual and as a team of professionals and para-professionals to serve and protect the vulnerable population in Ohio takes a special skill set, a special gift, a special calling, a special person.  In this session together, we will explore what it is that makes you and your team special and why it is so important to honor and recognize each other and take care of yourself and each other as you serve your clients with dignity and respect.  If nothing else, my hope is that you are able to see for yourself how truly special you are.

Morning Workshops 


  • After All Its Just Verbal Abuse - The Verbal Abuse Mosaic 
  • Addressing the Potential Relationship between Opioid Misuse and Elder Abuse through Community-Based Opioid Education Programs
  • A Way Forward: Collectively Responding to Financial Elder Abuse
  • Cross-System Collaborations Among Adult Protective Services and Community Agencies to Reduce Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation
Luncheon Plenary Session
OhioHOPES: Helping Ohio Protect & Empower Seniors
Susan Marshall
​This session will offer an introductory overview of the Ohio Coalition for Adult Protective Services (OCAPS). Attendees will examine the organization’s OhioHOPES project which focuses on protecting and empowering senior victims of elder maltreatment while raising awareness and recognition of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. The intricacies in reporting elder abuse will be discussed, as will directions for seeking supports and services for victims. Finally, there will be a reflection on how attendees can incorporate OCAPS and the OhioHOPES project into their service to seniors.

Afternoon Workshops 


  • Elder Self-Neglect: Ethical Challenges and Techniques for Decision-Making 
  • Cross-System Collaboration: Powerful Partnering!
  • Invasion of Independence: A Case Study
  • Connecting the Dots with Abuse and Deaf Community 
Closing Plenary Session
Tell Your Story - Make Change: Advocacy and APS
Beth Kowalczyk and Maridell Couture
​To effect policy change we need to effectively tell the story about elder abuse and APS so that policymakers are motivated to make change. Our state's biennial budget is currently being considered in the Ohio General Assembly and it's our chance to make a difference for APS.  Learn how to: engage with legislators, talk about elder abuse and APS and the budget process.