March 07, 2005

Seminar focuses on elder abuse

by Katharine Quaranta

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The National Association of Social Workers is hosting a Social Work Day at Southern Illinois University Carbondale entitled "Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Financial Exploitation: Current Research and Practice."

The event is set for March 28 in the Student Center Ballrooms and will include a lunch and awards presentation at 11:30 a.m. followed by a seminar from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Social workers, especially mental health and substance abuse professionals, will benefit from the seminar, but it also will provide valuable information for interested individuals in many related human service professions.

David Mitchell, the protective services supervisor for the Shawnee Alliance for Seniors, will lead the seminar. He will share his experiences of dealing with consumer fraud of older adults and will address how to deal with these issues.

The objective of this training is to increase the awareness and understanding of elder abuse. Research shows that education is the key to addressing this problem. Multi-disciplinary training is crucial in order to increase cooperation between agencies serving elders and their caregivers.

Illinois social workers will receive 3 CEU's for attending this seminar.

The cost is $60 for professionals to attend the luncheon and the workshop, $50 for just the workshop, and $15 for just the luncheon. For students, the cost is only$20 for both the luncheon and the workshop or $10 for either the luncheon or the workshop alone. Faculty can attend the workshop for $30.

For more information regarding fees or registration for the seminar, contact the Division of Continuing Education at 618/536-7751 or visit the Web site at