JASA Caregiver Conference

JASA’s Caring for the Caregiver Conference: The Right to be Wrong

Friday, December 1, 2023 | 9:00am - 1:15pm

Live On Zoom

Social workers will receive 4 CEs

Conference Schedule 

9:00am - 9:30am | Greetings and Welcome

  • Lori Hardoon, LCSW, Senior Director Palliative Care Supportive Services, JASA

  • Alan Cohen, MPA, Chief Program Officer, JASA

  • Kathy Rosenthal, LCSW, Senior Vice President for Programs, Family Service League, Inc.

  • Holly Rhodes-Teague, Director, Suffolk County Office for the Aging 

  • Robyn Berger- Gaston, LCSW-R, Division Director, Family Service League, Inc.

9:30am - 11:00am | Keynote Presentation: For Your Own Good

Keynote Presenters:

  • Haley Gordon, MSW, Suffolk County Elder Abuse E-MDT Coordinator, EAC Network
  • Erika S. Verrill, Esq. Attorney-In-Charge Adult Care Facility Unit. Nassau Suffolk Law Services

Haley Gordon works for EAC Network and has been the Suffolk County Elder Abuse Enhanced Multidisciplinary Team Coordinator since 2021. With a long-standing interest in the aging population, she received her bachelor's degree in human development with minors in gerontology and sociology. Haley has a master’s degree in social work with a focus on human rights, social justice, and policy analysis. In her role as EMDT coordinator, Haley facilitates all team activities which include creating community partnerships, accessing professional development opportunities, member recruitment, education and outreach, triage and managing cases, and hosting team meetings. Haley is dedicated to improving Suffolk County’s response to the victimization of older adults through increased organizational collaboration, comprehensive services, and trauma-informed action plans.

Erika Verrill has been a practicing attorney for over twenty-five years. After receiving her undergraduate degree with Honors from SUNY Binghamton and her law degree from Cornell University, she worked as a defense litigator for various insurance companies. After a hiatus from law, she decided to return to practice and fight the good fight as a not-for-profit lawyer. She is currently the Attorney-in-Charge for the Adult Care Facility Project at Nassau Suffolk Law Services. The Project assists residents living in Adult Care, Assisted Living, and Skilled Nursing Facilities in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. She is responsible for outreach, legal rights trainings, advocacy, and direct legal representation of residents on a variety of legal issues. She has a passion for justice and equity for the underrepresented and chocolate, usually (but not always), in that order of importance.

Keynote: “For Your Own Good”

  • The Use (and Misuse) of Advanced Directives to Assist Differently-Abled Clients in New York State 
  • An Examination of the Fine Line Between Poor Judgment and Self-Neglect


  • To understand how to determine if a client is displaying poor judgment or cognitive impairment and when it may become appropriate to seek help from other entities such as Adult Protective Services.
  • Identify available resources and how to access them within their community.
  • Learn the value of advanced directives as tools for impaired individuals, when such directives are appropriate, and how to be alert to and identify the dangers of advanced directives being improperly used or exploited.

11:30am -11:45am | Break 

11:45am - 1:15pm | How to Support Clients’ Questionable Decisions?

  • An important discussion about the cases that are keeping you up at night 
  • Ethical Dilemmas protection and autonomy/poor judgment and self-neglect 

       * Please bring burning questions and case examples without identifying information 

Registration Fees

Professionals: $55.00

JASA and Family Service League Staff: $50.00

Students: $15.00 Photo 

Caregivers: $10.00

For More Information Contact: 

Lori Hardoon, Senior Director, JASA 347-547-7127 or lhardoon@jasa.org

Maria Lever, Clinical Supervisor, JASA  347-547-7176 or mlever@jasa.org

Social Work Continuing Education Credits: Social Workers will receive 4 CEs for this conference. Jewish Association for Services for the Aged is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0643.