VIRTUAL TRAINING – Adult and Older Adult Protective Services

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Event: VIRTUAL TRAINING – Adult and Older Adult Protective Services

Date: 9/16/20

Time: 8:30 – 10:30 am


Cost: Free


About the Course

This presentation will focus on how to identify abuse, neglect, exploitation or abandonment of adults with a disability aged 18 to 59 (APS) and older adults aged 60 and above (OAPS).  Bucks County is currently investigating over 100 new cases each month.  This number is steadily increasing.  Getting help for victims (adults with a disability and older adults) can make a significant impact on the quality of their lives.  Abuse is easy to report and at times, it is mandatory to report.  This presentation will provide various ways to help fight this mistreatment of older adults and younger individuals with disabilities.


Course Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to describe how to identify physical abuse, neglect, exploitation and abandonment with corresponding definitions and examples
  2. Participants will learn how to report physical abuse, neglect, exploitation and abandonment; who to contact; what information reporters must provide; and who is defined as a “mandatory reporter”
  3. Participants will be able to list the steps taken after a report of abuse; who investigates the reports; and who oversees the program
  4. Participants will be able to describe the “typical” victims of reports and investigations (including Bucks County’s efforts to reach minority groups)
  5. Participants will learn how to prevent mistreatment of individuals with a disability and older adults


Target Audience

Target audience includes social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, recovery coaches, peer specialists, nurses, nurse practitioners, psychiatrists, and substance abuse counselors for this intermediate level of instruction.



  • 2.0 Continuing Education Credits for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
  • 2.0 Continuing Education Credits for Registered Nurses (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN)


There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.

All attendees must log in promptly at the beginning of the training and remain the duration of the training to receive continuing education credits.

Please provide license number and email address when registering for this training to receive log in information for this virtual training.

Persons with disabilities and special needs are encouraged to contact the registrar for further information.


About the Presenter

Chuck Danfield, as supervisor for Bucks County Older Adult Protective Services, oversees the Older Adult Protective Services Program that investigates reports of abuse, neglect, exploitation and abandonment of individuals aged 60 years and above.  During the past 37 years, he has conducted or supervised the investigation of over 6,000 alleged victims of mistreatment.  He is also actively involved in training workers throughout Bucks County in elder abuse issues.  Chuck Danfield participates and testifies in court proceedings concerning older adults, and performs outreach activities, including speaking to groups regarding mistreatment of older adults.  He coordinates the Pennsylvania Southeast Regional Protective Service Network group consisting of Protective Service supervisors and staff from nine counties.  He also coordinates Bucks County Crimes Against Older Adults Task Force.  He has previously been a member of Bucks County Network of Victim Assistance Community Liaison Group, Bucks County Fatality Review Committee, and Bucks County VOCA Funding Committee.  Chuck Danfield has been an active member of the William J. Neff Symposium Planning Committee since its inception in 2004.


For more information, contact Karen M. Kern at 215.453.5171 or


If you do not receive the professional benefits described in our program materials or you have some other professional complaint, please let us know in writing within 7 days of the training and we will honor your request for a refund.


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