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Continuing Education for Health Professionals

Pennsylvania: Child Abuse, Recognition, and Reporting for Mandated Reporters

This course is approved by Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and the Pennsylvania Department of State. It fulfills the 3-unit requirement for training in child abuse recognition and reporting for mandated reporters under Act 31. Course completions are reported to the PA Department of State. PA CE Provider #CACE000044. Program #CAPR000042.

Authors:
Fran Laughton, RN, PHN, MSN, FNP

Fran Laughton is a nurse practitioner who earned an RN from City College of San Francisco, a BSN from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and an MSN from Sonoma State University.

Fran Laughton is the co-founder, assistant director, and clinical coordinator for the Registered Nursing program at Mendocino College in Ukiah, California. She has classroom and clinical content certification by the State of California Board of Registered Nursing in Medical-Surgical, Psychiatry, Maternal/Child, Pediatrics, and Pharmacology, and is the lead instructor for these content areas. In addition, Fran is in private practice as a family nurse practitioner.


Lauren Robertson, BA, MPT

Lauren Robertson earned a BA in Biology from Mills College in Oakland, California, and a Master's degree in Physical Therapy from the University of California at San Francisco.

Lauren is the founder and co-owner of ATrain Education (atrainceu.com) and she has written or co-written more than two hundred courses on a wide range of topics for her continuing education website. She is certified as a trainer on Alzheimer's disease and related dementias by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs.


Susan Walters Schmid, PhD

Susan Schmid earned BA degrees in History and European Studies from George Mason University, a Master's degree in Public History from Appalachian State University, and a PhD in History from Arizona State University.

In addition to her PhD she earned a Certificate in Scholarly Publishing from ASU. Susan has served as an editor for several scholarly presses. She worked as a desktop publishing specialist for Arizona State University and taught several courses for the History Department as well as "Introduction to Scholarly Publishing" and "Scholarly Editing" for the Scholarly Publishing Program.

 



  • Contact hours:
  • Pharmacotherapy hours: 0
  • Expiration date: February 28, 2018
  • Course price: $29

Course Summary

This online course is for healthcare providers and other professionals in Pennsylvania who are mandated to report suspected child abuse under Act 31. It begins with historical information about child abuse recognition in the United States and continues with a description of child welfare and child protective services in Pennsylvania. Child abuse is defined, along with its components and categories. The reporting process is described, as well as responsibilities of mandated reporters, permissive reporters, reasonable cause, and penalties for failing to report. The course describes indicators of child abuse, sexual abuse or exploitation, serious mental injury and serious physical neglect. It concludes with information about the prevention of child abuse.

ATrain Education, Inc. is an approved provider by the American Occupational Therapy Association. The following course information applies to occupational therapy professionals:

  • Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, OTAs
  • Instructional Level: Introductory
  • Content Focus: Category 1—Domain of OT, Client Factors Category 3—Professional Issues, Legal, Legislative, and Regulatory Issues

Criteria for Successful Completion

80% or higher on the post test, a completed evaluation form, and payment where required. No partial credit will be awarded.

Conflict of Interest/Commercial Support

Conflict of Interest/Commercial Support

The planners and authors of this learning activity have declared no conflicts of interest, vested interest, or financial relationship that may influence the content of this activity. All information is provided fairly and without bias.

ATrain Education, Inc. received no outside financial or commercial support in the preparation, presentation or implementation of this learning activity and has no affiliation with any company whose products or services are mentioned in this activity.

Accreditation Information

Objectives: When you finish this course you will be able to:

  • Relate the name of one of the first people to bring a charge of child abuse before the courts in the United States.
  • Describe two differences between child protective services and general protective services in Pennsylvania.
  • State the components of child abuse.
  • State the categories of child abuse under Pennsylvania law.
  • Identify two responsibilities each for mandated and permissive reporters.
  • Define reasonable cause as it relates to the reporting of child abuse.
  • Relate two indicators each of child abuse, sexual abuse or exploitation, serious mental injury, and serious physical neglect.
  • Describe the main protective factors that have been linked to a lower incidence of child abuse and neglect.

    Instructions
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