Course Summary

Practice Level: Intermediate

Child maltreatment is a serious public health concern that imposes a range of deleterious consequences for victims’ mental and physical health across the lifespan. Social workers, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and counselors play critical roles in child maltreatment intervention and may have occasion to screen and assess suspected abuse and neglect.  This learning material familiarizes practitioners with the physical, behavioral, and psychological indicators of child maltreatment. Information about screening and assessment of abuse and neglect throughout childhood is provided. Practitioners with knowledge of the multi-dimensional and multi-systemic interactions that play roles in the lives of maltreated children and their families will be better able to conduct thorough assessments and develop treatment plans that support children and families in the healing process. Social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists, and psychologists who work with maltreated children can best help by using evidence-based treatments and prevention interventions in their clinical work, as such this course explores the best practices for intervention and treatment.

Course Format

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

Learning Objectives

  • Identify physical, behavioral, and psychological indicators of abuse and neglect.
  • Differentiate between parenting practices and abuse.
  • Describe varied assessment practices with infants, young children, and adolescents.
  • Explain the significance of intergenerational transmission of child maltreatment.
  • Explain how resilience skills can help overcome adversity.
  • Describe treatment and prevention.

Course Syllabus

Assessment of Child Abuse and Neglect
Case Example: American Indian and Alaskan Native Communities
Information Gathered for a Risk Assessment
Physical Indicators of Abuse and Neglect
Behavioral Indicators of Abuse and Neglect
Psychological Indicators of Abuse and Neglect
Considerations for Children and Adults with Histories of Child Maltreatment
Screening and Investigation
Trauma-Informed Child Welfare
Evidence-Based Assessment Tools
            Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) Family Health History and Health Appraisal
ACEs Screening Tool for Children and Adolescents
Other Screening Tools
Conducting Screenings
Parenting Practices versus Abuse
Needs of Children and Adults Exposed to Child Maltreatment
Developmental Differences
Neurobiological Effects
Other Effects
Infant Assessment
Young Child Assessment
Adolescent Assessment
Family Dynamics
Clinical Example
 Intergenerational Transmission of Maltreatment
Child Fatalities from Maltreatment
Social Determinants of Maltreatment
Ecological-Transactional Framework for Understanding Child Maltreatment
Perpetrator Characteristics
Resilience Skills and Overcoming Adversity
            Clinical Example: Using Play as Resilience Building Tool
            Other Resources for Resilience
            Methods for Treatment
Evidence-Based Treatments


Teresa Crowe, PhD, LICSW

Teresa Crowe, PhD, LICSW is a licensed clinical social worker in the District of Columbia and Maryland. She is a professor of social work at Gallaudet University and teaches practice, theory, and research in the MSW program. Her recent research focuses on deaf and hard of hearing populations, especially in the areas of behavioral health, intimate partner violence, telemental health, well-being, and help-seeking.

Accreditation Approval Statements, provider #1115, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 08/08/21-08/08/24. Social workers completing this course receive 3 clinical continuing education credits.

Courses have been approved by, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #91345 is responsible for all aspects of the programming.

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