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Protecting Children & Supporting Families:
The Ethical Realities of Reporting Suspicions of Child Maltreatment

Mental and Behavioral Health Professionals throughout the United States are mandated reporters  of suspected child maltreatment. However, our legal requirement to report is often confusing to  navigate in relation to our other professional and ethical responsibilities. This workshop is  intended for mental and behavioral health who already have a basic understanding of their  obligations as mandated reporters, and want to explore areas that are complicated by our  professional relationships with clients in light of our legal obligations. Specifically, we will  explore informed consent practices with different client populations, supporting practice with  clients after making a report, and how to work with child protective services, especially in light  of concerns for racial and social justice in the child welfare system. 

https://ceyouplus.org/workshops/ProtectingJuly17/view

Protecting Children & Supporting Families:
The Ethical Realities of Reporting Suspicions of Child Maltreatment

Previously Recorded

Presenter: Kathryn Krase PhD, JD, MSW

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Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will identify the ethical/ moral and legal conundrums faced when making the decision to report.
  2. Participants will apply a framework to guide the process of working with clients before making a report.
  3. Participants will apply a framework to guide the process of working with clients after making a report.
  4. Participants will demonstrate skills at collaborating with child protective services for the benefit of clients.
  5. Participants will demonstrate ways to advocate for improved child protective services systems.

These workshops offer 3 Continuing Education Credits
This webinar is recorded and will not grant live credits.

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Mental and Behavioral Health Professionals throughout the United States are mandated reporters  of suspected child maltreatment. However, our legal requirement to report is often confusing to  navigate in relation to our other professional and ethical responsibilities. This workshop is  intended for mental and behavioral health who already have a basic understanding of their  obligations as mandated reporters, and want to explore areas that are complicated by our  professional relationships with clients in light of our legal obligations. Specifically, we will  explore informed consent practices with different client populations, supporting practice with  clients after making a report, and how to work with child protective services, especially in light  of concerns for racial and social justice in the child welfare system. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will identify the ethical/ moral and legal conundrums faced when making the decision to report.
  2. Participants will apply a framework to guide the process of working with clients before making a report.
  3. Participants will apply a framework to guide the process of working with clients after making a report.
  4. Participants will demonstrate skills at collaborating with child protective services for the benefit of clients.
  5. Participants will demonstrate ways to advocate for improved child protective services systems.

Agenda:

1) Introductions 

  1. 5 minutes 

2) Setting the Stage: Mandated Reporting in Context 

  1. 25 minutes 

3) Review of the Requirements of Mandated Reporting (through experience) a. 30 minutes

4) The Role of Mental & Behavioral Health Professionals as Mandated Reporters  a. 20 minutes 

5) Working with Clients: Practice Suggestions Prior to a Report  

  1. Informed Consent 
  2. Self-determination 
  3. Mitigating Risk 
  4. 30 minutes 

6) Working with Clients: Practice Suggestions After a Report  

  1. Confidentiality 
  2. Self- determination 
  3. Mitigating Risk 
  4. 30 minutes 

7) Ethical Collaboration with Child Protective Services 

  1. Protecting client confidences 
  2. Advocating for client needs 
  3. Providing resources through CPS 
  4. Advocating for system improvements 
  5. 30 minutes 

8) Summary & Questions  

  1. 10 minutes 


This presentation is open to:
  • Social Workers
  • Professional Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Licensed Mental Health Practitioners
  • Other professionals interacting with populations engaged in mental health based services
Course Level: introductory
Level of Clinician: beginner
  • New practitioners who wish to gain enhanced insight surrounding the topic
  • Experienced practitioners who seek to increase and expand fundamental knowledge surrounding the subject matter
  • Advanced practitioners seeking to review concepts and reinforce practice skills and/or access additional consultation
  • Managers seeking to broaden micro and/or macro perspectives

Participants will receive their certificate electronically upon completion of the workshops and course evaluation form.

Disability Access - If you require ADA accommodations, please contact our office 30 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification. Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often, and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling. The grievance policy for trainings provided by the NEFESH INTERNATIONAL is available here Satisfactory Completion Participants must have paid the tuition fee, logged in and out each day, attended the entire workshop, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate (If this is a pre-recorded program, a post-test with a passing grade of 80% to receive a certificate.) Failure to log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates are available after satisfactory course completion by clicking here.

  • NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Mental Health Counselor #MHC-0082
  • NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0046
  • CE You! is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CE You! maintains responsibility for this program. These credits are also accepted by the Maryland Boards for Professional Counselors, Psychology, and Certification of Residential Child Care Program Professionals, and many other states and disciplines.
  • CE You LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0437
  • NEFESH International, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0116.
  • This program is co-sponsored by NEFESH International and Therapist Express. NEFESH International is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NEFESH International maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Pre-recorded trainings do not offer ASWB ACE CE credit. See above for other accreditation accepted by most state boards.

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