Understanding Culture and the Mistreatment of Elders (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course examines how culture influences perceptions of elder abuse and neglect.  The course focuses on five groups:  African Americans, Asian Pacific Islanders, Latinos, LGBT elders, and adults with a disability.  The course looks at how these different groups may  perceive abuse and seek help.  The course also offers culturally informed interventions for working with specific groups.

This course is recommended for social workers and is appropriate for beginning,  intermediate, and advanced levels of practice.  This course is not recommended for NBCC ethics credit.

Participants who complete this course will receive 2 continuing education clock hours. 1 of these clock hours is Ethics and 1 of these clock hours is Social and Cultural Competence

Find the reading at:  https://www.freestatesocialwork.com/articles/Understanding_Culture_and_the_Mistreatment_of_Elders_readings.pdf

Course Readings:  Mistreatment of African American Elders; Mistreatment of Asian Pacific Islander Elders; Mistreatment of Latino Elders; Mistreatment of LGBT Elders; Abuse of Adults with a Disability; Red Flags of Abuse

Publisher:  National Center on Elder Abuse- Research to Practice; Administration on Aging, US Department of Health and Human Services

Course Objectives:  To enhance professional practice, values, skills, and knowledge by exploring key issues related to culture and the mistreatment of elders and adults with disabilities.

Learning Objectives:  Describe protective and risk factors that influence elder mistreatment in African American, API, Latino, and LGBT communities.  Identify tips for working with African American, API, Latino, and LGBT communities.  Describe perceptions of elder mistreatment for African American, API, Latino, and LGBT communities.  Describe what the research says about abuse of adults with a disability.

Value:  Social Justice  Ethical Principle:   Social workers challenge social injustice.
Social workers pursue social change, particularly with and on behalf of vulnerable and oppressed individuals and groups of people. Social workers’ social change efforts are focused primarily on issues of poverty, unemployment, discrimination, and other forms of social injustice. These activities seek to promote sensitivity to and knowledge about oppression and cultural and ethnic diversity. Social workers strive to ensure access to needed information, services, and resources; equality of opportunity; and meaningful participation in decision making for all people.  NASW Code of Ethics (2008)    

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1: For questions 1-6, please refer to the section Mistreatment of African American Elders in the reading.  Common characteristics among many African American families include all of the following except
2: Several studies have reported that the African American population may be _________ likely to perceive situations as abusive when compared to other ethnic groups.
3: For African Americans, the majority of financial exploitation that occurred within the past 6 months was perpetrated by
4: Which of the following would be considered a protective factor for African American elders?
5: All of the following may be considered risk factors for African American elders except:
6: Protective factors for African American elders tend to stress strengths of
7: For questions 7-16, please refer to the section Mistreatment of Asian Pacific Islander Elders in the reading.  The term "Asian" or "Asian Pacific Islander" encompasses very diverse groups of people, with over ___________ different sub-groups.
8: Which term may be less acceptable when working with API elders?
9: Which of the following best describes filial piety?
10: Asian victims of abuse are more inclined to reveal their mistreatment to
11: When working with API elders, which of the following is not recommended?
12: Traditionally, in Indian culture, a ____________ system exists.
13: In a study of Chinese Canadian elders, which of the following was identified as the key form of elder abuse?
14: Each of the following is prevalent in Japanese culture except:
15: In one study comparing elder Korean immigrant women with African American and Caucasian women, Korean women were significantly __________ tolerant of potentially abusive situations.
16: In one study, Korean immigrants self-identifed elder abuse as
17: For questions 17-22, please refer to the section Mistreatment of Latino Elders in the reading.  Culture is a
18: Which Latino population subgroup accounts for 63% of the Latino population?
19: Which of the following describes familism?
20: The expectation that a woman will tolerate abuse and focus on serving others best describes the gender role expectations of
21: If a male elder is being mistreated, he may not want to reveal the loss of respect and status expected in his position.  This scenario describes the gender role expectations of
22: The machismo ideology in Latino culture has been strongly linked to
23: For questions 23-24, please refer to the section Mistreatment of LGBT Elders in the reading.  Which of the following is an example of discrimination experienced by LGBT elders inside institutional and LTC settings?
24: Which of the following is an example of internalized homophobia?
25: For questions 25-27, please refer to the section Abuse of Adults with a Disability in the reading.  Most community dwelling PAS consumers use
26: What percent of adults with disabilities, who used PAS for support of activities of daily living, reported one or more types of mistreatment by their primary provider.
27: What percent of women with disabilities reported experiencing abuse in the preceding year?
28: For questions 28-30, please refer to the section Red Flags of Abuse in the reading.  Untreated pressure 'bed' sores could be a sign of
29: A vulnerable adult has signed a power of attorney but is unable to comprehend what it means.  This could be a sign of
30: Inadequately explained fractures could be a sign of

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Free State Social Work, LLC, provider #1235, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Free State Social Work, LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 9/6/2021 - 9/6/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 2 cultural competence continuing education credits.

Free State Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP NO. 6605. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Free State Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

G.M. Rydberg-Cox, MSW, LSCSW is the Continuing Education Director at Free State Social Work and responsible for the development of this course.  She received her Masters of Social Work in 1996 from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago and she has over 20 years of experience.  She has lived and worked as a social worker in Chicago, Boston, and Kansas City.  She currently practices in the area of hospital/medical social work.  The reading materials for this course were developed by another organization.