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Adult Protective Services Workforce Innovations

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Adult Protective Services Workforce Innovations (APSWI) is a training program of the Academy for Professional Excellence, a project of the San Diego State University School of Social Work.

APSWI provides innovative workforce development  to APS professionals and their partners. Our mission  is to provide exceptional learning and development experiences for the transformation of individuals, organizations, and communities to ensure that abused and vulnerable older adults and adults with disabilities receive high quality, effective interventions and services.

APSWI in partnership with state and national organizations has developed 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.

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Course Description

This course will address reporting responsibilities; help participants to understand how, when and where to report suspected abuse or neglect; and inform participants of what to expect after the report has been made.

News and Updates

APS Leaders Institute (September 2019)

APSWI held the first APS Leaders Institute Workshops series in Sacramento, CA for APS Program Managers across the state. The goal of this project is to enhance the capacity for APS Program Managers to drive program improvements by examining and building upon federal and state APS guidelines, current research and best practice.

Forty-three of California’s APS Program Managers kicked off the series on Sept 5th, facilitated by Karl Urban and Mary Twomey, as they dove into systems thinking by exploring the ways in which the structure of APS programs drives processes and outcomes. Visit APS Leaders Institute tab for more information about this revolutionary project.


Transfer of Learning (September 2019)

Need extra support or want to practice your documentation skills and/or risk assessment skills? Two Transfer of Learning (TOL) tools are now available to utilize during: classroom training, supervision or in unit meetings, and as individual activities.

Visit Module 15- Documentation and Report Writing and Module 18-Risk Assessment to download a copy.


Curriculum (July 2019)

NAPSA Core Module, 23: Case Closure (Instructor Led), has been revised and is now a 4-hour training. This new 4-hour training still aligns with NAPSA Certificate Program requirements. Visit Core Competency Areas tab for the latest curricula. 


Curriculum (July 2019)

Multiple Instructor Led Advanced Training topics are now available. Each curriculum is complete with a Trainer Manual, Participant Manual, and PowerPoint. Training topics include: “Estate Planning: Documents and Misuses”, “Investigating APS Criminal Cases”, “Consistency in Findings” (Blended with eLearning), and “Enhancing Your Investigative Skills: Interviewing Alleged Perpetrators”.

Visit Advance Training to download and access curricula to use in your APS training program.





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 ProgramWhat You Need To Know

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