Betsy Keefer Smalley, LSW, researcher and foster parent trainer with the Institute for Human Services in Ohio, leads this pre-service course for individuals who want to become foster parents. Child Abuse and Neglect focuses on understanding child physical abuse and neglect, and developing empathy for birth parents. Also covered are how to distinguish between abuse and common, accidental childhood injuries as well as reporting to authorities. Supplemental handouts round out the course. Caution: contains graphic images.
At the end of this course, you will be able to:
understand the causes and risk factors of child maltreatment
develop empathy for the birth parents
distinguish between common, accidental childhood injuries and abuse
identify child physical abuse and neglect
know when and how to report abuse to authorities
(4 credit hours, $20.00 per person).
An introduction to child maltreatment covering:
CAPTA definitions of abuse and neglect
characteristics of maltreatment
symptoms of abuse
reporting child maltreatment
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I thought that this course was very informational and helpful. I liked how it helped future and present foster and/or adoptive parents distinguish between accidental and intentional abuse. I enjoyed learning the characteristics of parents that maltreat their children. Hopefully others have taken away as much as my husband and I have from this course.