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Senior Justice Center

APS Training


UALR Provides Training for all of Arkansas Adult Protective Services

During 2007, a collaboration between the UALR Senior Justice Center , UAMS Partners for Inclusive Communities, and the UALR Center for the Study of Environmental Criminology was contracted by Arkansas APS to design the entire training curriculum for APS.[1] The result is the first APS training in the United States to combine video, 2000+ PowerPoint slides, comprehension and application exercises using WebCT technology via secure access on the Internet.

Based on the completed training, the UALR Senior Justice Center implemented the first training class using APS supervisory staff from around the state of Arkansas . This pilot used a UALR faculty member to serve as the instructor/facilitator, with APS trainees able to access the training via secure access to an educational Internet site known as “WebCT/BlackBoard”. APS provided one week of face-to-face interaction between the instructor and the trainees by bringing the trainees to APS Headquarters in case they had questions about using the technology. After the face-to-face week, the instructor worked with all of the trainees via their respective geographic locations to provide the remaining material completely online. A Senior Justice Center research team reviewed the training results using SPSS statistical analysis software based on coding of over 180 pages of textual trainee responses to the exercises. A quantitative report of analysis based on this initial administration of APS caseworker training was then provided to the APS Program Administrator.[2] At present, the UALR Senior Justice Center provides this training in a user-friendly, secure, and economical manner making it simple for APS to help ensure both comprehensive and refresher training to achieve the APS mission statewide.

Appropriateness of the UALR Senior Justice Center as Facilitator

The Senior Justice Center (SJC) within the University of Arkansas at Little Rock ’s Department of Criminal Justice, provides educational, research, and service needs to the public which specifically address crime against the elderly. At present, the SJC provides numerous presentations to seniors and to professionals providing services to seniors each year. The SJC has served on numerous boards and tasks force toward in order to address policy-level change. The SJC also has an Advisory Board in which various key stakeholders associated with crime against the elderly volunteer their time. Additionally, the SJC is a respected resource in the community and uses its access to help facilitate valuable research; the SJC’s Arkansas Senior Citizen Crime Survey is one example of this focus on bringing research findings into addressing current issues. The SJC provides mentoring and experience via use of undergraduate interns and graduate students to promote careers associated with crime against the elderly as options for these students. Finally, staff and advisory board members of the SJC have proven their competency in providing online education via the ability to publish on this important teaching methodology.[3]

[1] Montague, David R.; Sick, Roberta; Golden, James W;and Oxley, Taylor. APS Case Worker Training (2007).The complete training curriculum for all case workers (state-wide)within the Arkansas Department of Human Services; Adult Protective Services (APS).This project was a collaboration between the UALR Senior Justice Center,UAMS Partners for Inclusive Communities, and the UALR Center for theStudy of Environmental Criminology.

[2] Montague, David R; Eller, Jonathan R; Borrelli, Melissa; McCoy,

Tana M. Detailed Trainee Response: A Report of Analysis From

Administration of the Adult Protective Services WebCT Training Program (2007).

[3] Montague, David R.; Parker, Mary L.; Hanson, Sandra H. and Chastain,

Charles D. Numbers: Using innovative online course support strategies to raise college course enrollment.

MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching. Vol. 3, No. 4, (December 2007).

Updated 1.22.2010