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Child Abuse: Detection and Reporting for Pennsylvania (2019)

presented by James D. Anderst

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Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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This course will cover the basics of child maltreatment, including reporting requirements, epidemiology, recognition of physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and caregiver fabricated illness (Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy). Photographs and case-based learning are used to meet course objectives, along with supporting references from the scientific literature. Learners will gain knowledge in identifying maltreatment, differentiating maltreatment from accidental and medical causes of findings, and be provided with instruction regarding the reporting of suspected child maltreatment.

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    Meet Your Instructor

    James D. Anderst, MD, MSCI

    Dr. Anderst is currently the Division Director on the Section on Child Abuse and Neglect, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. His specialties include child abuse pediatrics, evidence-based medicine, physician-child protective services relations, and clinical research in child abuse diagnosis. Dr. Anderst received his Masters Degree from…

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    Chapters & Learning Objectives

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    1. General Definitions, Epidemiology, and Reporting Requirements

    In this introductory chapter, identify the approximate number of children maltreated in the United States annually. Describe a basic understanding of mandated reporting laws, and identify professionals who are typically specified as mandated reporters.

    2. Recognition of Child Physical Abuse

    Distinguish injures that are concerning for abuse from those that are commonly accidental. Identify different types of physical abuse, and discuss the use of scientific evidence in the diagnosis of abuse.

    3. Neglect and Caregiver Fabricated Illness (Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy)

    In this chapter on neglect, identify the largest single cause of maltreatment. Additionally, identify the largest single cause of death due to maltreatment. Lastly, identify common presentations of Caregiver Fabricated Illness.

    4. Recognition of Child Sexual Abuse

    In this chapter, Dr. Anderst defines child sexual abuse. Participants will be able to identify the typical ways children disclose sexual abuse. Lastly, discuss why most sexually abused children do not have physical evidence of sexual abuse on their bodies.

    5. Child Abuse Reporting in Pennsylvania

    In this final chapter, Dr. Anderst describes child welfare in Pennsylvania. Participants will define the components of child abuse, categories of child abuse, and exclusions to child abuse. Lastly, a description of the provisions and responsibilities for reporting suspected child abuse in Pennsylvania is reviewed in detail.

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