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Multi-disciplinary Adult Services Training and Evaluation for Results

About Us

Multi-disciplinary Adult Services Training and Evaluation for Results (MASTER) is a training program designed to provide a competency-based multidisciplinary training to Adult Protective Services workers and their partners. Our overarching goal is the professionalization of Adult Protective Services workers to ensure that abused and vulnerable older adults and adults with disabilities receive high quality, effective interventions and services.

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

News and Updates

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The Financial Exploitation: An Introduction course and description has been moved to the Core Curriculum page.

Supervisor’s Role in the Transfer of Learning to the Workplace is now available.

The Undue Influence Committed by Professionals eLearning course and description has been moved to the Advanced Training page.

Core Competency Curriculum Development

MASTER and its partner agencies have developed each of the National Adult Protective Services Association’s 23 Core Competencies into easily accessible in-person and on-line modules. Each module is examined by skilled APS workers and experts in the field to determine specific learning objectives. MASTER staff then 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 workers, supervisors, and managers to ensure the training will meet the needs of APS workers in the field. Each curricula is piloted-tested, evaluated, revised, and then made available for use in training.

See Menu of Core Competency APS Training Modules

Our Partners

Organizations involved in the development of training include:
Academy for Professional Excellence, and MASTER 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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