presented by James D. Anderst
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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…Read full bio
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.