Illinois Abuse and Neglect: Recognition, Prevention, and Intervention

Illinois Abuse and Neglect: Recognition, Prevention, and Intervention  

Abuse and neglect are serious issues in the systems of support for people with disabilities. Recent studies report an alarmingly high rate of sexual victimization among those with developmental disabilities, yet estimates suggest that only 3% of these cases are ever reported. To counteract these devastating trends, this course provides training for direct support staff in the State of Illinois to recognize the indicators of physical, sexual, and mental abuse as well as neglect and financial exploitation. It introduces learners to updated definitions of these concepts, and to the reporting requirements and protections outlined in Title 59 of the Illinois Administrative Code, Part 50 of the Office of the Inspector General (OGI) Investigations of Alleged Abuse or Neglect in State-Operated Facilities and Community Agencies. This course also provides information on how to manage the emotional stress and burnout that can result in varying levels of maltreatment. This course is derived from the training materials developed by the Illinois Department of Human Services, especially Module 3 of the DSP Trainee Notebook Modules, Abuse and Neglect: Recognition, Prevention, and Intervention. Additional content clarifying and identifying the terms relevant to Rule 50 has also been integrated from information presented in “Rule 50 Training” for Providers created by the Office of the Inspector General.


Hours: 2.25


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals

2.25 HOURS

This activity is approved for 2.25 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-IDD-0-IORAN
Hours: 2.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 2/28/2023
Learning Objectives:
Recognize different forms of abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation and explain how Rule 50 relates to them.
Outline the procedures related to preventing, identifying, and reporting abuse and neglect.
Identify strategies that help prevent forms of abuse and neglect.

Intervention Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: RULE 50: Report Abuse and Neglect A. “I am a Human Being!” B. Your Legally Mandated Responsibilities C. Illinois Rule 50 Definitions: Employee and Individual D. Illinois Rule 50 Definitions: Types of Abuse E. Physical Abuse F. Sexual Abuse G. Mental Abuse H. Financial Exploitation I. Neglect J. Required Reporter K. Additional Definitions L. Questions and Answers Section 3. Identifying and Reporting Maltreatment A. When an Incident Occurs B. Incident Examples C. Reporting D. How to Make a Report E. What Is Reportable? F. When Should You Report It? G. Did You Know? H. Some Examples of Inappropriate Interactions I. What is “Maltreatment?” J. Indicators of Maltreatment K. Possible Physical Indicators of Maltreatment L. Possible Verbal Indicators of Maltreatment M. Possible Behavioral Indicators of Maltreatment N. Scenarios for Reflection O. Caregiver Warning Signs P. Possible Physical Indicators of Sexual Abuse Q. Possible Verbal Indicators of Sexual Abuse R. Possible Behavioral Indicators of Sexual Abuse S. Possible Circumstantial Indicators of a Sexual Predator T. Responding to a Report of Sexual Abuse U. Reporting Deaths V. Reporting to Law Enforcement W. Question and Answer X. Steps in an OIG Investigation Y. A Note about Privacy Concerns Z. OIG Investigative Findings AA. What Happens If You Are Accused Of Abuse or Neglect? BB. Health Care Worker Registry CC. False Reporting of Abuse or Neglect DD. False Reporting EE. Q & A: Reporting at Your Agency (or Facility) FF. Recognition is a Form of Prevention GG. Recognition Activity Section 4. Preventing Abuse A. Preventing Abuse: Thought Stopping B. Preventing Abuse C. More Strategies for Diffusing a Situation D. Teamwork E. Ask Yourself: Teamwork F. Creating and Maintaining a Respectful, Healthy, Environment G. The Impact You Have on People You Help Support H. Attitude I. Ask Yourself: On Attitude J. Stress and Burnout K. What is Stress? L. Warning Signs of Stress M. What Can Be Done to Reduce Stress? N. What Are the Symptoms of Burnout? O. How Can I Prevent Burnout? P. Supporting Emotions Q. Scenario R. It’s Not Your Job to Punish or Control Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. References C. Congratulations!

Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: entry and intermediate level Direct Support Professionals; in the following settings: Intellectual Developmental Disabilities.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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