Adult Protective Services Workforce Innovations (APSWI)

Core Competency Curriculum Development

APSWI and its partner agencies have developed each of the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) Core Competencies into easily accessible in-person and on-line training modules. Each module is examined by skilled APS professionals and experts in the field to determine specific learning objectives. APSWI staff work with nationally recognized experts to develop evidence-based curriculum that builds on adult learning theory and teaches to the identified learning objectives. Once drafted, each curriculum is reviewed by curriculum advisory committees composed of APS staff, supervisors, and managers to ensure the training will meet the needs of APS professionals in the field. Each curriculum is piloted-tested, evaluated, revised, and made available for use in training.

Download the NAPSA to APSWI Table of Core Competency Areas
Check out the available training for the NAPSA Core Competency Areas
APSWI NAPSA Certificate Program–What You Need To Know

News and Updates

APSWI-APS is very excited to announce the completion of APS training videos!

This two-part video series demonstrates an APS professional making the first unannounced home visit to investigate allegations of self-neglect. Please click on the flyer for more information and to access the videos.

Self-Neglect Videos Announcement


eLearning Updates

Our newest offering of eLearnings:

About Us

Adult Protective Services Workforce Innovations (APSWI) is a training program designed to provide a competency-based multidisciplinary training to Adult Protective Services (APS) professionals and their partners. Our overarching goal is the professionalization of APS professionals to ensure that abused and vulnerable older adults and adults with disabilities receive high quality effective interventions and services.

APSWI has developed, in partnership with state and national organizations, a nationally recognized Core Competency Training Curriculum for APS professionals. This curriculum is reviewed and approved by experts in the elder and dependent adult abuse fields.

If you have any questions concerning APSWI-APS training please contact

Our Partners

Organizations involved in the development of training include:
Academy for Professional Excellence, and APSWI which are projects of San Diego State University School of Social Work.

Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect , University of California, Irvine

National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA)

California Social Work Education Center Aging Initiative, UC Berkeley

Our Funders

Our current and past funders include:

  • Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Archstone Foundation
  • California Department of Social Services, Adult Services Branch
  • California State University, Sacramento, In-Home Supportive Services Social Work Training Project
  • The Huguette Clark Family Fund for Prevention of Financial Abuse
  • The New York Community Trust
  • Office of Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, United States Department of Justice
  • University of California Irvine, Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect
  • Wells Fargo
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