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Child Maltreatment Identification Skills Lab – Core 3.0 – Classroom

Level: Line Worker CORE

Credits: 6

Intended Audience: This course is intended for new child welfare workers and meets the state requirements for Line Worker CORE version 3.0 Assessment Block.

Description of Course: This course is intended to be an activity based skill building exercise. It offers trainer facilitated vignette activities used to provide a framework for identifying child maltreatment, using direct observation, interview and consultation.

Intended Objectives: After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Identify physical, emotional, and behavioral characteristics of children who have been maltreated
  • Identify cultural practices that may be mistaken for child maltreatment
  • Identify when to seek consultation from agency resources, medical staff, mental health professionals, law enforcement, or forensic experts during child maltreatment identification efforts
  • Use the child maltreatment indicators to identify child maltreatment in a vignette
  • Using a vignette, identify cultural factors that affect child maltreatment identification including distinguishing child maltreatment from cultural factors
  • Using a vignette, identify developmental factors that affect child maltreatment
  • Using a vignette, critically analyze motivation, credibility and the information provided by family members and others regarding sexual abuse
  • Value using a strength-based model of practice that provides a holistic view of the family as part of the child maltreatment identification process
  • Value an understanding of how poverty, lack of education, community distress and environmental stressors can contribute to risk for child maltreatment
  • Value working collaboratively with agency resources, law enforcement and medical, mental health, and forensic experts in identifying child maltreatment

Topics Include:

  • Cultural Values
  • Defining and Identifying Maltreatment
  • Interviewing for Culture
  • Assessing for Sexual Abuse
  • Indicators of Maltreatment: Neglect, Emotional Abuse and Physical Abuse
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