Child Abuse & Neglect
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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

The video help of accidental vs. intentional helped us both. It would be a relief to know that being a foster parent can make such a positive difference. Children should be loved, we want to make that difference, and hope that one day the parent can get the help they need.
Gloria N.

Thank you for putting together this course. I really appreciated the depth of the presentation and the solid information. The ideas about foster children can still be mistreated is so true. Most children I have had over the years I have been able to manage with my approaches. I currently have one that is very complicated and this course is helping me deal with her.
Mark H.

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An introduction to child maltreatment covering:

  • CAPTA definitions of abuse and neglect

  • characteristics of maltreatment

  • symptoms of abuse

  • reporting child maltreatment

4 credit hours,
$20.00 per person