13th Annual NYC Elder Abuse Conference: Changing the Way We Work Together

13-Jun-2018, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

The University Center at The New School
63 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10003

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This program is funded in part by Monroe County Office for the Aging, New York State Office for the Aging, US Administration on Aging, Lifespan of Greater Rochester, Inc., and participant contributions.




Martha H. Pollack, LCSW
Chair, Conference Planning Committee;
Manhattan District Director, JASA

Kathryn Haslanger, JD, MCRP
Chief Executive Officer, JASA

Donna Corrado, LCSW, PhD
Commissioner, NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA)

Joy Solomon, Esq
Director and Managing Attorney, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Justice at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale

Annette Holm
Chief Special Services Officer, NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA)

The New School Institute for Retired Professionals

Bobbie Sackman, MSW
Director of Public Policy with LiveOn NY from 1989 to 2018
Recognized by Allison Nickerson, MSW, Executive Director, LiveOn NY

Evelyn Laureano, PhD, LMSW
President & CEO, Neighborhood Self Help by Older Persons Project (SHOPP) from 1999 to 2018
Recognized by Katherine Martinez, LMSW, President & CEO, Neighborhood SHOPP

9:45 – 10:45 AM • KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Collaborative Policing and Elder Abuse (CEH)

MODERATOR: Martha Pollack, LCSW

PRESENTER: Susan Herman, Deputy Commissioner, Collaborative Policing, NY City Police Department. A lawyer, victim advocate and criminal justice expert with community development experience and an in-depth knowledge of the relationship between the police and the people they serve.

Commissioner Herman will discuss the NYPD’s Neighborhood Policing initiative and why collaborative problem-solving is essential to increasing public safety and building trust and confidence in the NYPD.

10:45 – 11:00 AM • BREAK

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

1. The Components of Managing a Complex Adult Protective Services (APS) Abuse Case (CEH)

APS will illustrate the interdisciplinary components – social work, psychiatry, legal and case management – that are needed to safeguard elders from abuse.

MODERATOR: Rima Rivera, LMSW, ASW-G, Regional Director, NYC APS, NYC HRA

PRESENTERS: Tatyana Finer, BA, Supervisor, APS, NYC HRA; Elliott Gritz, MD, Medical Director/Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Customized Assistance Services, NYC HRA; Frank Rivera, MSW, Esq., Supervising Attorney, Office of Legal Affairs, NYC HRA

2. Trauma and Victims of Elder Abuses (CEH)

Learn about different forms of trauma, how they affect older persons and how the Life Event Screening Tool helps identify trauma among victims of elder abuse. Also learn how to help older victims address their own traumatization.

MODERATOR: Paul L. Caccamise, LMSW, ACSW, Vice President for Program, Lifespan of Greater Rochester, Inc.

PRESENTER: Misty Boldt, LMSW, Social Worker, Elder Abuse Prevention Program, Lifespan of Greater Rochester, Inc.

3. Working with the Criminal Justice System (CLE)

This workshop highlights signs of elder abuse, the abuser profile, and suggestions for working with the NYPD, DA, and multidisciplinary teams. State penal law related to elder abuse will be reviewed as well as forensic interviewing tips, appropriate documentation and what information to preserve.

MODERATOR: Dianne Woodburn, Esq., Senior Supervising Attorney, Legal Services for the Elderly in Queens and Legal Social Work Elder Abuse Program (LEAP), JASA

PRESENTERS: Sergeant Frank Maiello, Chief of Domestic Violence Unit, NYPD; Arlene Markarian, Esq., Unit Chief, Elder Abuse Unit, Nassau County District Attorney’s Office

4. Immigration Issues and Elder Abuse (CLE)

This presentation addresses the impact of elder abuse on immigrants who do not have lawful status in the USA, including potential immigration protections and benefits for survivors of elder abuse and immigration consequences for abusers.

MODERATOR: Ann Goldweber, Esq., Director of Clinical Legal Education at St. John’s School of Law, Director of the Consumer Justice for the Elderly: Litigation Clinic

PRESENTERS: Timothy Fallon, Esq., Senior Immigration Attorney, Her Justice; Richard Bailey, Esq., Attorney, Immigration Practice, Brooklyn Defender Services

5. New Strategies for Working with Underserved Populations in Addressing Elder Abuse (CEH)

This workshop addresses challenges for professionals assisting victims from immigrant populations. Learn strategies for your practice and the importance of respecting cultural values and the immigrant experience.

MODERATOR: Florian Edwards, LMSW, Senior Director, JASA APS

PRESENTERS: Kayla Chan, MA, Manager, Later in Life Program, WOMANKIND (formerly The New York Asian Women’s Center); Evelyn Laureano, PhD, LMSW, Senior Advisor to the President & CEO, Neighborhood SHOPP

6. Professionals + Concerned Persons: We Are All in This Together (CEH)

Experienced Weill Cornell Medicine/NYC Elder Abuse Center’s Enhanced Multidisciplinary Teams and new helpline staff will share practical approaches to helping vulnerable older adults and concerned people involved in difficult cases.

MODERATOR: Peg Horan, LMSW, Elder Abuse Prevention Specialist/MDT Coordinator, New York City Elder Abuse Center

PRESENTERS: Laurell Haapanen, MA, Helpline Specialist, New York City Elder Abuse Center; Lisa Rachmuth, LMSW, Deputy Director, New York City Elder Abuse Center

7. Comprehensive Training to Prevent Abuse of Older People with Dementia (CEH)

This workshop focuses on the Alzheimer’s Association’s evidence-based Alzheimer’s and dementia training for frontline service providers and important community gatekeepers to help prevent, detect, and report elder abuse and avoid crises.

MODERATOR: Jane B. Ginsburg, Esq., Executive Director, the Alzheimer’s Association, New York State Coalition

PRESENTER: Eve Vaval, LMSW, Care & Support Program Manager, the Alzheimer’s Association, NYC Chapter

12:30 – 1:45 PM


2:00 – 3:30 PM

8. Injury Death Among Older Adults: Opportunities Gained from Systematic Case Review (CLE) (CEH)

Studies show that older adults who are abused experience a three-fold increase in mortality compared to non-abused elders. This workshop looks at unexplained injuries and deaths among older people. What makes a case potentially criminal? What preventative steps can we take? Case findings will be discussed.

MODERATOR: Aurora Salamone, MPS, Director, Elderly Crime Victims Resource Center, NYC DFTA

PRESENTERS: Catherine Christian, Esq., Special Assistant District Attorney for External Affairs Chief, Elder Abuse Unit, New York County District Attorney’s Office; Sandhya Kajeepeta, MS, Director of Research and Evaluation, Office to Combat Domestic Violence, New York City Office of the Mayor; Catherine Stayton, PhD, MPH, Director, Injury and Violence Prevention Program, Bureau of Environmental Disease and Injury Prevention, Division of Environmental Health, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

9. Financial Exploitation of Older Adults – A Court’s Perspective (CLE)

This session will define financial exploitation and discuss its prevalence, costs associated with exploitation, risk factors, markers, relevant caselaw and statutes, and ethical considerations when dealing with vulnerable older adults.

MODERATOR: Dianne Woodburn, Esq., Senior Supervising Attorney, Legal Services for the Elderly in Queens and Legal Social Work Elder Abuse Program (LEAP), JASA

PRESENTERS: Hon. Deborah A. Kaplan, Administrative Judge, Supreme Court New York County Civil Branch; Joan Levenson, Esq., Chief of Staff, Office of Administrative Judge Supreme Court New York County Civil Branch

10. Innovative Solutions to Working with Perpetrators of Elder Abuse – Psychological Factors of Predator and Prey (CEH)

This workshop discusses the structure, group processes, and goals of the Stop Elder Abuse and Mistreatment (S.E.A.M.) Intervention Program, often used as a “third alternative” for holding perpetrators accountable.  Learn techniques to prevent recurring abuse without incarceration. As a psychoeducational group intervention, the program addresses the underlying beliefs, ageist attitudes and sense of entitlement that fuel perpetrator behavior.

MODERATOR: Art Mason, LMSW, Director of the Elder Abuse Prevention Program, Lifespan of Greater Rochester, Inc.

PRESENTERS: Tammy Leach, S.E.A.M. program provider to perpetrators of elder abuse, Lifespan of Greater Rochester, Inc.; Jennie Militello, MA, S.E.A.M. Facilitator, Lifespan of Greater Rochester, Inc., NY State Certified Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC)

11. Creating a Personal Culture of Wellness at Work (CLE & CEH not available)

Through guided techniques of a body scanning, breathing, and mindful meditation, this session will help you have greater happiness in life and work as you learn practices designed to enhance focus, reduce stress, and increase resilience.

MODERATOR: Glendalee Olivera, LMSW, ASW-G, Elder Abuse Specialist, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Justice at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale

PRESENTER: Joy Solomon, Esq., Director and Managing Attorney, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Justice at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, Certified Yoga Instructor and Meditation/Breathing Teacher You are Here™

12. Transforming the Emergency Response for Elder Abuse Victims (CEH)

Learn about forensic injury patterns, how the hidden signs of elder abuse are identified in an Emergency Department (ED), and social work/multidisciplinary intervention, from the country’s first ED-based multidisciplinary team.


PRESENTERS: Alyssa Elman, LMSW, Vulnerable Elder Protection Team (VEPT) Program Administrator, Weill Cornell Medicine, Emergency Medicine; Tony Rosen, MD, MPH, Instructor in Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, Attending Physician, Emergency Medicine, New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center

13. Senior Fraud and Scams (CLE) (CEH)

This session offers an update on the latest scams for financial exploitation and identity theft. Learn how to help your clients be smart consumers and gain tools to help them avoid being scammed.

MODERATOR: Susan F. Cohn, LCSW, MPH, Outreach Coordinator, CEMAPP (Community Elder Mistreatment and Abuse Prevention Program), Carter Burden Network

PRESENTERS: Gary S. Brown, Esq., Elder Abuse Coordinator for New York State Attorney General; Jenna Gladfelter, MS, Director of the Senior Medicare Patrol Program, LiveOn NY

14. The Role of Independent Guardians in Elder Abuse Cases (CLE)

Learn strategies for effectively partnering with independent Article 81 guardians to maximize the safety and well-being of the person in your care who is experiencing elder abuse.

MODERATOR: Brooke Santoro, LMSW, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Justice at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale

PRESENTERS: Charles Barbuti, Esq., Independent Guardian; Malya Levin, Esq., Senior Staff Attorney, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Justice at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale

3:30 – 4:00 PM

Distribution of Social Work Continuing Education Hours (CEH) - 4 for the conference - certificates and attendance certificates

Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service is a provider of social work continuing education hours (4 for the conference), as approved by the New York State Education Department Board for Social Work.

NY CLE credits (3 for the conference) are available courtesy of St. John’s University School of Law.

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