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CASE STUDY: Elder Abuse Prevention Training

February 29, 2016

A curriculum designed to prevent elder abuse and neglect before it happens was successfully rolled out by PHI trainers in Michigan last year, a new PHI case study reports.

“Beyond Reporting: A Prevention Approach to Elder Abuse and Neglect” explains how more than 850 direct-access staff in Michigan have learned new skills through PHI’s curriculum, Training to Prevent Adult Abuse and Neglect (TPAAN).

TPAAN focuses on teaching learners a variety of coping skills that help them manage emotionally challenging situations.

“Many acts of abuse are committed by people who do not know how to cope with the stresses of caring for elders while balancing the other complications of life and work,” PHI Michigan Manager Hollis Turnham says in the case study. “All of us are potential abusers.”

Upcoming Conference Appearance

Attendees at this year’s Aging in America conference in Washington, DC, will have the opportunity to learn about the TPAAN curriculum in more detail.

On March 20, Turnham, PHI Organizational Change Consultant Cean Eppelheimer, and Clare Luz, an assistant professor at Michigan State University, will lead a 90-minute workshop on the ongoing efforts to introduce abuse and neglect training to Michigan.

Eppelheimer led the development of the TPAAN curriculum and, with PHI Organizational Change Consultant Anna Ortigara, co-facilitated the PHI effort to train more than two dozen Michiganders to disseminate the training throughout the state.

— by Matthew Ozga

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