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Course Summary

Mental health, human services, and healthcare providers are the frontline forces for preventing and recognizing abuse and neglect. It is therefore critical that service providers are able to define, identify, and properly report abuse and neglect, with the ultimate aim of preventing such abuses and protecting youth, dependent vulnerable adults, and elders. This course is intended for counselors, social workers, psychologists, and marriage and family therapists.

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” button. This will let you take the test, complete the course evaluation and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Define child abuse and elder abuse.
  • Recognize risk factors, signs, and symptoms of child maltreatment and elder abuse.
  • Identify the role and requirements of the mandatory reporter.

Course Syllabus

  1. Introduction
  2. Child Maltreatment Definitions
    1. Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA)
    2. Parental Substance Use
    3. Child Abandonment
    4. Medical Neglect
    5. Educational Neglect
    6. Corporal Punishment vs. Physical Abuse
    7. Specific Child Maltreatment Terms
  3. Elder Abuse and Neglect Definitions
    1. Physical Abuse
    2. Emotional Abuse
    3. Sexual Abuse
    4. Abandonment
    5. Financial Abuse
    6. Self-Neglect
  4. Risk Factors, Signs, and Symptoms of Child Maltreatment
    1. Risk Factors for Child Maltreatment
    2. Signs of Child Maltreatment
    3. Symptoms of Child Maltreatment
  5. Other Considerations for Child Maltreatment
  6. Risk Factors, Signs, and Symptoms of Elder Abuse
  7. Mandatory Reporting
    1. Mandatory Reporting Professionals
    2. Institutional Reporting
    3. Process of Reporting
    4. Rights and Responsibilities of Reporters
  8. Summary
  9. References

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