Opportunities for the public, caregivers, social service workers, law enforcement and others to hear experts in the field of elder abuse, and to earn continuing education credits are available at the Gulf Coast Elder Abuse Conference to be held on June 16 at the Northshore Harbor Center, 100 Harbor Center Blvd., Slidell.

Featured speakers will include Dr. Dean Hawley, Dr. Dan Sheridan, Candace Heisler, Dr. Suzy Ritholz and Jenefer Duane.

According to the Seniors and Law Enforcement Together Council, Hawley is a leading forensic pathologist who is an expert in domestic violence and elder abuse.

“He has over 25 years experience as an expert witness and will offer insight into the physical abuse and neglect of the elderly,” SALT’s Ralph Oneal said.

He said Sheridan is a leader in the field of forensic nursing, having headed the program at Johns Hopkins University.

Heisler is an attorney, professor and noted writer on all areas of elder abuse.

This year’s conference will add another dimension of elder abuse to the agenda with a presentation on elder abuse among lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender individuals.

“Dr. Ritholz is a leader in this aspect of elder abuse and is well-known for her expertise,” Oneal said.

Jenefer Duane, of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington, D.C.,will be featured in the presentations on financial exploitation of the elderly.

“Ms. Duane’s expertise made it possible for the conference to offer continuing education for bankers through the Institute of Certified Bankers,” Oneal said.

Several well-known Louisiana experts in the speaker lineup include attorneys Harold Bartholomew Jr., Jane Thomas and Donnie Akers.

“These attorneys have extensive personal experience and knowledge in the field of Elder Abuse,” according to Oneal.

Bartholomew is the head of the Elder Abuse Protection unit in the office of the District Attorney of the 22nd Judicial District, and Thomas is a member of the state task force on financial exploitation of the elderly, as is Akers, who is an assistant district attorney in the 16th Judicial District.”

The conference will offer 24 class hours from which the attendees can earn six hours of continuing education in their professions.

The cost for the conference is $70 for those who request continuing education credits and $40 for others. On-site registration is an additional $35.

The fees include a conference notebook, catered lunch and a flash drive with the noncopyrighted materials. Lunch for those who register on-site, is not guaranteed.

Registration is available online at www.stsalt.org.

For information, call the SALT Council message center at (985) 809-5450 or email weaad@stsalt.org. or visit www.stsalt.org/Events.html.