2019 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Conference
Empowering the Community
Friday, June 14, 2019
8:30am to 1:00pm
Buena Park Senior Center, Heritage Hall
8150 Knott Ave., Buena Park, CA 90620

Course Description:

Millions of older Americans are enduring physical, emotional and financial elder abuse and neglect. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) brings the community together to share knowledge and unite people of all ages. This conference will bring together local experts to discuss various topics related to elder abuse. Topics to be covered include: intervention strategies that help elder abuse victims move from surviving to thriving; the definition of elder abuse and its prevalence in the U.S. and Orange County; financial abuse protection; how to protect yourself by setting personal boundaries; how technology can be a solution for social isolation and prevent abuse; and the principles of a system-wide trauma-specific intervention program called Trauma Informed Care.

Course Objectives:

At completion of the course, participants will be able to:

1. Describe how intervention strategies help elder abuse victims move from surviving to thriving.
2. Recognize various forms of elder abuse.
3. Identify financial abuse scams targeted toward older adults.
4. Discuss the importance of setting and maintaining communication boundaries to prevent abuse.
5. Describe how technology can be used to prevent elder abuse.
6. Describe how Trauma Informed Care can reduce harm for elders and dependent adults who have experienced maltreatment.

Course Presenters:

1. Bonnie Olsen, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience as a geropsychologist, working in academic medicine for over 20 years. She provides cognitive assessment and short-term mental health treatment in a collaborative geriatric primary care setting. As the Vice Chair of Academic Affairs in the Department of Family Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at USC, Dr. Olsen is involved in a number of research and program grants that focus on interprofessional geriatric education and elder abuse education and prevention. She is particularly interested in elder mistreatment as it occurs in the context of dementia caregiving and understanding decisional capacity. In 2009, she was awarded the Gold Humanism Honor Society’s Gold Star Award for Humanism in delivery of health care and has remained dedicated to community service throughout her career.

2. Drew Byde holds a M.S. in Human Behavior, and is the Senior Social Services Supervisor at Orange County Social Services Agency-Adult Protective Services. Mr. Byde currently supervises a unit of senior social workers who investigate allegations of self-neglect and abuse by others. Adult Protective Services serves elders and dependent adults in the County of Orange. Mr. Byde is also a current member of the OC Older Adult Mental Health Advisory Council, a Consultant on the Financial Abuse Specialist Team (FAST) Orange County, and also
serves on the Orange County Strategic Plan for Aging: Elder Abuse Subcommittee.

3. Kim Nguyen is a licensed Clinical Social Worker who holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She is a Senior Social Services Supervisor at Orange County Social Services Agency-Adult Protective Services. Ms. Nguyen supervises a field unit of seven Senior Social Workers, monitors workloads and ensures compliance with Federal, State and County mandates and alignment with agency expectations. She trains and mentors new social workers and supervisors, coordinates the APS MSW internship program, provides education on APS programs/elder and dependent adults abuse through in-service trainings and conferences, and provides individual and group clinical supervision to APS MSW/ASW staff.

4. Kelli Morris, JD, LLM is the Director of the Council on Aging – Southern California’s Senior Protection Program and Financial Abuse Specialist Team (FAST). She provides education and outreach and limited pubic consultations regarding elder abuse and co-chairs monthly FAST meetings. Additionally, Kelli serves as a Social Security Disability Appeals Attorney and represents individuals throughout California and across the United States to obtain federal disability benefits. Kelli has a BA in Biological Sciences with an emphasis on Genetics and a minor in psychology from USC, and a Juris Doctorate and Masters of Small Business Law from Concord Law School.

5. Mieka Bledsoe, LMFT holds a M.S. in Counseling and is the Lead Therapist, LMFT at Human Options, Safe Options for Seniors Program. She coordinate services for the Safe Options for Seniors Program, provides outreach, crisis intervention, assessment, treatment planning, case management, individual, family, and group counseling, and facilitates educational/support groups. In addition, Ms. Bledsoe supervises counseling interns, participates in collaborative partnership meetings, provides trainings, grant reports, and presentations throughout the community.

6. Dr. Kerry Burnight holds a PhD in Gerontology from USC, and is one of the nation’s leading gerontologists. Dr. Kerry serves as an expert on aging and social isolation, she was recognized for her work by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2011 (U.S. Victims of Crime Award) and founded Ageless Alliance in 2012, a non-profit to address elder abuse, as well as the first Elder Abuse Forensic Center in the nation in 2013. After serving as a Professor of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at the University of California Irvine, Kerry joined GrandPad to use technology to combat one of the most significant risk factors for elders: social isolation.

7. Cherie Fowler, MSW holds a MS. in Social Work with an emphasis on Clinical Concentration. Ms. Fowler is a Project Case Manager at UC Irvine Medical Center: Elder Abuse Forensic Center. She provides short term case management to elder & dependent adult victims of abuse, trains county departments and city agencies on Trauma Informed Care Approach with older adults. She participates in weekly multidisciplinary team meetings and county training discussing difficult cases of abuse, conduct frequent home visits and assesses and document changes in client’s depression, wellbeing, and goal attainment progress, provides linkages, referrals to community resources, and wraparound services that provide clients with a continuum of care reducing the likelihood of revictimization recurrence, provides crisis intervention, physical/emotional support to victims and family members, advocate on behalf of clients for social injustices both directly/indirectly affecting their ability to access services, develops and maintains partnerships with county departments/agencies (law enforcement, Adult Protective Services, Public Guardian, etc.), provides quantitative and qualitative research data that examines the relationship between abuse recurrence, and quality of life measures for elderly and dependent adult victims of abuse.

8. Lisa M. Gibbs, M.D., AGSF is a clinical professor in the Department of Family Medicine and chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at UC Irvine School of Medicine. She also serves as medical director of the UCI Health SeniorHealth Center in Orange and Director of the Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect. Dr. Gibbs is certified by the American Board of Family Practice, 1999, 2005, 2014 and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Geriatrics, 2000, 2009.

Alzheimer’s Orange County is approved to offer the following continuing education units:

RCFE: Approved by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) for 4 hours of continuing education units for RCFE administrator recertification. Course approval #147-0417-32711. Alzheimer’s Orange County (AlzOC) Vendor #2000147-740-2.


NHAPApproved by the Nursing Home Administrator Program (NHAP) for 4 hours of continuing education credit – NHAP #CEP 1776. Course approval number #1776004-7013/P.


BRN: Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN), Alzheimer’s Orange County, Provider #CEP 14757, for 4 contact hours.


CAMFT/BBS: Alzheimer’s Orange County (AlzOC) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. AlzOC maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. This course meets the qualifications for 4 hours of continuing education credit as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.


  1. Instructions for Requesting Accommodations for a Disability

Alzheimer’s Orange County will make every effort to provide reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. To request special accommodations please call Karyl Dupee at (714) 446- 7035, at least two weeks prior to the event. In circumstances when courses are offered at offsite locations, accommodations will be coordinated with that site to the best of our ability.


  1. Continuing Education Grievance Policy


Please submit any complaints in writing (postal letter or e-mail) within seven (7) days of the education event.  Any complaints submitted will be handled confidentially.  Please direct your complaint to Karyl Dupee MFT, St. Jude Medical Center / Senior Services by calling: (714) 446- 7035 or by sending an e-mail to: Karyl.Dupee@stjoe.org

 Please be sure to include:

  1. Your name and contact information
  2. The name of the course event
  3. The date of the course event
  4. The course presenter’s names
  5. A detailed description of the reason for the complaint
  6. The type of resolution you are expecting (this does not guarantee that a resolution will be approved)


  1. Continuing Education Certificates of Completion

Certificates of Completion will be e-mailed out to attendees who qualify for continuing education credit within two weeks of the conference.