A Path to Healing: Innovative and Restorative Approaches to Elder Justice
Wednesday, June 1, 2022 from 9:00am-11:00am
Introduction to Conference
Conference Chair: Martha Pollack, LCSW-R
Elder Justice Change Agent Award
Honoree: Risa Breckman, LCSW-R
Introduction: Lisa Rachmuth, LMSW
This is the first year that the Elder Justice conference is presenting “The Elder Justice Change
Agent Award” which honors an outstanding Individual who has created and expanded
existing services and systems in identifying and addressing elder mistreatment.
This year, we are delighted to honor Risa Breckman, LCSW-R, a visionary in the field of elder
mistreatment, and a pioneer in the development of professional education around elder
justice. The NYC Annual Elder Justice Conference recognizes Risa as an esteemed innovator
in building the safety networks necessary to address the needs of this vulnerable and
Keynote: Panel Discussion
RISE: A New Multidisciplinary Model to Address Abuse of Older Adults
RISE (Repair harm, Inspire change, Support connection, Empower choice)
CEU: 1.5 credits / CLE 1.5 credits
The “RISE” model allows advocates to work with elder abuse victims, and, if victims wish,
with others (including alleged abusers). This moderated panel will explore the evolution and
implementation of this innovative multidisciplinary approach which focuses on addressing
the abuse as well as restoring relationships between victims and those they rely on for
emotional and financial support and care. The RISE model, part of a research project, uses
methods adapted from other fields to Repair harm, Inspire change, Support connection, and
Empower choice. RISE has already helped over 325 victims of elder abuse in Maine.
Panel Members: (Click here for Panelist bios)
David Burnes, PhD
Marie-Therese Connolly, Esq.
Patricia Kimball, MS
Stuart Lewis, MD, FACP
Erin Salvo, Esq.
Geoff Rogers, Director of Learning & Development Projects, Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College