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Child Abuse In Psychotherapy and Counseling
7 CE Credits/Hours - Online Course - $69.00

Developed by Garry Cooper, LCSW

 
Course fulfills the California and other states' Child Abuse Pre-licensing or Licensing Requirements.

Course also fulfills CA-BRN Public Health Nurse Certification requirement.

Course not approved by New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work for SWs.

This course is also offered as part of a Pre-licensing Savings Package of pre-requisite courses.

This course includes materials consisting of:

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General Course Description

Child abuse and neglect are a serious problem in our society. Its effects are long-term, may persist over generations, and affect the most vulnerable members of society. In recognition of the importance of clinicians being trained to recognize, report, and treat individuals and families involved in abuse and neglect, California and many other states require periodic training of clinicians. This 7 CE course is designed to meet California and several other states' CE standards.

Clinicians will learn to not only identify the indications of child abuse and neglect--which range from subtle indicators to profound abuse--but equally important, to be sensitive to the dangers of making false accusations.

This course is in five parts. Part One provides both national and state definitions and statistics of child abuse and neglect. Part Two provides information on assessing and reporting child abuse and neglect, including the laws governing mandated reporting in California and other states. Part Three covers prevention and treatment. Part Four covers special considerations when working with Asian American and Native American children and families. Part Five contains additional resources where clinicians and the general public can seek more information, support, and training.

Educational Objectives

This course will teach psychotherapists to:

1.    Distinguish the difference between child abuse and child neglect.

2.    Identify and assess the indicators of various levels of child abuse and neglect.

3.    Describe the prevalence of child abuse and neglect.

4.    Summarize the requirements and procedures for mandated reporting.

5.    Describe working with minorities and underserved groups, families and communities around issues of child abuse and neglect.

6.    Review some common misconceptions and pitfalls of treatment, which can unintentionally increase the traumatic effects of sexual abuse.

Course Syllabus

Definitions of child abuse and neglect

  • Federal definitions
  • State definitions

Mandated reporting

  • State by state requirements
  • Legal protections for reporters

Assessing child abuse and neglect

  • Recognizing signs of abuse and neglect
  • What to look for and do as a first responder
  • Pitfalls of leaping to premature conclusions
  • How to interview children

Prevention and treatment

  • How sexual predators attract children
  • Avoiding re-traumatization when treating children

Assessment and treatment with minority families

  • Asian American children and families
  • Korean children and families
  • Hispanic children and families

Additional information, support, and training for clinicians and families

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