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IA: Abuse of Dependent Adults

As of July 1, 2019, Iowa mandatory reporter courses are only available through the Iowa Department of Human Services. To access the Iowa mandatory training website, please click here:

  • Author:
    • Nancy Evans, BS

      Nancy Evans earned a BS degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a former senior editor for Mosby/Times Mirror, Addision-Wesley Nursing Division, and Appleton & Lange.

      Nancy is a health science writer with more than four decades of experience in healthcare writing and publishing. A breast cancer survivor since 1991, she has written and spoken extensively about breast cancer issues both nationally and abroad.

      Nancy co-produced, with Allie Light and Irving Saraf, the HBO documentary film Rachel’s Daughters: Searching for the Causes of Breast Cancer; the KQED documentary Children and Asthma; and the documentary Good Food, Bad Food: Obesity in American Children. She is collaborating on a forthcoming consumer guide to planning end-of-life care.

    • Susan Walters Schmid, PhD

      Susan Schmid earned BA degrees in History and European Studies from George Mason University, a Master's degree in Public History from Appalachian State University, and a PhD in History from Arizona State University.

      In addition to her PhD she earned a Certificate in Scholarly Publishing from ASU. Susan has served as an editor for several scholarly presses. She worked as a desktop publishing specialist for Arizona State University and taught several courses for the History Department as well as "Introduction to Scholarly Publishing" and "Scholarly Editing" for the Scholarly Publishing Program.


  • Contact hours: 2
  • Pharmacotherapy hours: 0
  • Expiration date: December 1, 2020
  • Course price: $19

Course Summary

A thorough review of adult dependent abuse, including definitions, characteristics of victims and perpetrators, and reasons for abuse. The course identifies indicators of adult abuse and summarizes reportable criteria for mandated reporting. It further outlines the process for evaluating reported abuse, lists interventions available to abused adults, suggests ways to communicate with victims, and proposes measures for preventing adult abuse.

The following information applies to occupational therapy professionals:

  • Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, OTAs
  • Instructional Level: Intermediate
  • Content Focus: Category 1—Domain of OT, Client Factors; Category 2—Occupational Therapy Process, Outcomes

Criteria for Successful Completion

80% or higher on the post test, a completed evaluation form, and payment where required. No partial credit will be awarded.

Conflict of Interest/Commercial Support

Conflict of Interest/Commercial Support

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by ATrain Education Inc. or by the American Nurses Credentialing Center or any other accrediting agency of any products discussed or displayed in this course. The planners and authors of this course have declared no conflict of interest and all information is provided fairly and without bias. No commercial support was received for this activity.

Accreditation Information

Objectives: When you finish this course you will be able to:

  • Define the term dependent adult
  • Describe types and prevalence of elder abuse.
  • Explain forms of disability and their relationship to abuse.
  • List characteristics of victims and perpetrators of abuse.
  • Identify barriers to reporting of abuse.
  • Discuss the reasons why abuse occurs.
  • Summarize Iowa laws regarding Dependent Adult Abuse.
  • State behavioral indicators of adult abuse.
  • Define mandatory reporter and reportable criteria.
  • Summarize the process for reporting dependent adult abuse.
  • Outline the process for evaluation of reports of abuse.
  • Spell out interventions available for dependent adults.
  • Evaluate appropriate ways to communicate with victims of abuse.
  • List measures to prevent abuse of dependent adults.