Online Interactive Educational Modules

These educational modules are available to train those working with Indigenous elders to identify and address elder abuse in Indian Country.

The materials presented in the elder justice curriculum are designed to help those working with Native American elderly to understand the various types of elder abuse and become more knowledgeable about elder abuse issues. The materials will assist staff in responding appropriately to Indigenous victims of crimes and their families and enhance provision of culturally sensitive services.

The content for this training is organized for presentation either as a series of workshops or as an individual training. The training modules are designed so the presenter has all necessary information for each section in a format that is easily presented.

Cultural Sensitivity Training

All professionals and individuals working with Native Americans may find this information useful and informative. This training will provide a starting point to develop your cultural sensitivity journey by providing an overview of foundational, cultural, and practice issues.


When conducting trainings, always begin the training with the Elder Abuse module. It provides foundational information that is relevant to all other sections.

Elder Abuse

Duration: Approximately 40 minutes
Published: June 2016, updated June 2020
Elder abuse generally refers to many types of mistreatment by someone whom the elder has a special relationship with. Information about the types of abuse, elder protection teams, elder vulnerability, and prevention is provided.

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Elder Abuse in Indian Country


Duration: Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes
Published: January 2018
Provides an introduction to policies and legislation impacting elder programs in Indian Country. Professionals who may find this module informative may include: tribal leaders, tribal attorneys, personnel, and tribal program officers.

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Policies & Legislation Impacting Elder Programs in Indian Country


Duration: Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes
Published: September 2018
To provide information for criminal justice and legal professionals to recognize, investigate, prosecute, and adjudicate cases of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation in Indian Country. Individuals who may find this module informative include: law enforcement, attorneys, tribal judges, other court personnel, social workers, mental health counselors, and employees of victim services.

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Financial Abuse

Duration: Approximately 40 minutes
Published: June 2016, updated June 2021
Gain an understanding of elder financial abuse and exploitation in Indian Country. Professionals who may find this module relevant include: bankers, credit union employees, merchants, casino employees, medical business office employees, and those who work in tribal elder programs and Crime Victim Services and Advocates.

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Financial Abuse & Exploitation of Elders in Indian Country


Duration: Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes
Published: September 2018
Understand factors for recognizing, identifying, and reporting suspected elder abuse and neglect by healthcare providers working with Native elderly. Professionals who may find this module relevant include: physicians, nurses, certified nursing assistants (CNA), community health representatives (CHR), home health aids, psychologists, behavioral health consultants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, dietitians, emergency medical technicians, and other medical personnel.

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Health Care & Elder Abuse in Indian Country

Medication Issues

Duration: Approximately 2 hours
Published: October 2020
Provides information on medication issues for the elderly and how those issues may relate to elder abuse. This information may be of use to pharmacists, pharmacy aides, healthcare providers, community health representatives, home health aides, emergency medical technicians, senior services providers, family members, and the elderly.

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Social Services

Duration: Approximately 20 minutes
Published: June 2016
Gain understanding of the best practices in the social service disciplines regarding elder abuse and neglect in Indian Country. Professionals who may find this module informative may include: social workers, Title VI directors, case managers, and community health representatives.

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Social Services for Elders in Indian Country


Duration: Approximately 35 minutes
Published: June 2016, updated June 2019
Caregivers will learn to recognize, prevent, and intervene in elder abuse and neglect cases. Caregivers who may find this module informative may include: Family caregivers, community health representatives, Title VI employees, and home health aides such as certified nursing assistants or visiting homemakers.

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Elder Caregiving in Indian Country: Recognizing Warnings

Behavioral Health

Duration: Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes
Published: July 2022
Gain an understanding of cultural factors related to psychological/emotional abuse, learn about culturally relevant aspects of behavioral health, Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias and transient ischemic attach/syndrome (TIA/TIS), understand the aspects of capacity assessment, advanced care plan for Native Americans, and good mental health for older adults.

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Behavioral Health and Psychological Maltreatment of Native American Vulnerable Adults