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Collaboration in APS Work Instructor-Led Training

This skill-building, interactive training is intended for entry level Adult Protective Services workers and their MDT partners (e.g. public guardians, public health nurses working with the elderly, mental health professionals, etc.) to learn how to collaborate more effectively on a personal level across disciplines. Trainees will be able to articulate the benefits, challenges and barriers to successful collaboration.

They will be able to describe the roles and functions of the other professional disciplines that are involved in elder/dependent adult abuse prevention, investigation and remediation, and how they work together to produce a safety net for victims of elder abuse. They will understand the fundamental elements critical to effective team building within a collaborative partnership and be able to employ strategies to effectively communicate with partners and resolve conflicts.

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Trainer’s Manual
Participant’s Manual
CE Document
Executive Summary

Team Building Activities for An MDT
While the above eLearning is focused on improving individual collaboration, the Academy has also developed a tool to help you improve collaboration at the interagency level. “Team Building Activities for an MDT” is a manual full of activities to help you build a more collaborative elder abuse multidisciplinary team. The activities have been tailored to the specific audience of elder and dependent adult abuse teams.

“This manual is great! I have used variations on the string and puzzle exercises in training I’ve created on collaborations in years past. I think your version takes it to a deeper place and will be more fun for larger groups.” ~ Beth Rosenthal (former) Program Director of National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse.

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