Dependent Adult Abuse for Mandatory Reporters - Iowa


This course is designed to help you become familiar with types of dependent adult abuse, how to identify them, and what to do if you suspect dependent adult abuse. This course is specifically geared toward Iowa state laws on dependent adult abuse and neglect. You will learn what it means to be a mandatory reporter in this state, and become familiar with specific instructions for reporting suspected abuse. You will also be well-informed about how a case may be handled after a report has been made as well as Iowa-specific resources related to dependent adult abuse. This course will help you understand your responsibilities as a mandatory reporter, and guide you through the procedures for identifying and reporting abuse in the state of Iowa.


Hours: 2.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

Iowa Department of Public Health Abuse Education Review Panel


This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-ALL-0-DAAMRI
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 7/31/2020
Learning Objectives:
Identify several types of dependent adult abuse.
Describe reporting requirements and procedures.
Recognize 5 physical, behavioral, and environmental indicators of abuse.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Overview of Dependent Adult Abuse A. Meet Betty B. What is Dependent Adult Abuse? C. Abuse is Underreported D. Older Adults Who Live Alone E. Dependent Adult Abuse Laws in Iowa F. The Central Abuse Registry G. Right to Self-Determination H. Definitions Used by DHS I. Physical Abuse J. Sexual Abuse K. Sexual Exploitation by a Caretaker L. Financial Exploitation M. Denial of Critical Care N. Personal Degradation O. Indicators of Possible Dependent Adult Abuse P. What Dependent Abuse is NOT Q. Who Is at Risk? R. Ways to Respond Abuse S. Resources for Responding to Abuse T. Prevention of Dependent Adult Abuse U. Review V. Summary Section 3: Reporting Dependent Adult Abuse A. Am I a Mandatory Reporter of Dependent Adult Abuse? B. How Do I Report Dependent Adult Abuse? C. Report Requirements D. Confidentiality and Immunity from Liability E. What You Can Expect from DHS F. Evaluation or Assessment G. Report Conclusions H. Review I. Summary Section 4: What Happens After the Evaluation? A. After the Evaluation B. Law Enforcement Intervention C. The Dependent Adult’s Rights D. Court Action E. More on Court Action F. Commitments G. Conservatorship H. Guardianship I. Review J. Summary Section 5: Handling Abuse Information A. Confidentiality B. Retention of Records C. Access to Information D. Legal Provisions for the Handling of Dependent Adult Abuse E. Criminal Penalties F. Request for Correction or Expungement of Abuse Information G. Review H. Summary Section 6: What Training Do Mandatory Reporters Need? A. Required Training for Mandatory Reporters B. More on Training for Mandatory Reporters C. Additional Provisions D. Review Section 7: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. Resources D. References

Staff Writer: Steve Jenkins, Ph.D.
Dr. Jenkins is a Counseling Psychologist, and a professor of psychology at Wagner College in New York. He teaches a variety of courses, including Health Psychology, Psychological Testing, Psychopathology, Sleep and Dreams, Principles of Counseling Psychology, and Positive Psychology. He also has extensive clinical experience, and has worked in prisons, hospitals, outpatient clinics, and college counseling centers providing individual and group psychotherapy, as well as psychoeducational workshops. He is an associate fellow of the Albert Ellis Institute for Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy and completed a year-long post-doctoral training at the institute. Dr. Jenkins scholarly works have been published in top psychological journals and edited books, and presented at national conferences. Disclosure: Steve Jenkins, Ph.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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