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Child Maltreatment, Trauma and Self Injurious Behavior

Author: Linda Wilmshurst, Ph.D., ABPP

Course Created: 2017

Practice Level: Advanced

No book to buy Duration: 1 hours
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Course Summary

Historically, ‘child abuse” has primarily been associated with thoughts of physical abuse or severe cases of child neglect, however, more contemporary views of child abuse focus on four primary sources of maltreatment: physical, sexual, emotional/ psychological or neglect. There are also frequent reports of multiple maltreatment, or poly-victimization, where a child is subjected to more than one form of abuse. This course examines child abuse as well as the potential outcomes for children exposed to maltreatment, including the development of self injurious behaviors (self inflicted injuries without suicidal intent).

Course Format

This course contains downloadable online lessons (PDF or Word) and a practice test. When you're ready, purchase the course by clicking the "Add To Cart" button. This will let you take the test, complete the course evaluation and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the characteristics of different types of abuse and maltreatment.
  • Describe prevalence rates for the different types of abuse, internationally.
  • Discuss potential outcomes for children exposed to maltreatment, including the development of self injurious behaviors.
  • List risks and protective factors for child and family characteristics associated with maltreatment.

Course Syllabus

  • Introduction to Child Maltreatment
  • Types of Child Maltreatment
  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Emotional/Psychological Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Child Maltreatment and Self Injurious Behaviors Is approved by the American Psychological Association To sponsor continuing education For psychologists. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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