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Author: Susan Walters Schmid, PhD


Contact hours: 4
AOTA CEUs: 0.4
Expiration date: October 1, 2024
Course price: $29*

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Course Summary

This course provides a comprehensive look at abuse in our society. It discusses vulnerabilities of both children and dependent adults and provides indicators of abuse along with its risk and protective factors, suggesting best practices for healthcare workers who confront these populations.

If you need one of the Pennsylvania child abuse courses, please see Pennsylvania Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting for Mandated Reporters, 3 units or Pennsylvania Child Abuse Renewal: Recognition and Reporting, 2 units

Target Audience

Nurses, nurse practitioners, advanced practice nurses, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants*.

AOTA Approved Provider Logo 2023 ATrain Education is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Approved provider #6558. This distance learning-independent is offered at 0.4 CEUs, introductory, Foundational Knowledge. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Criteria for Successful Completion

Study the course material, achieve a score of 80% or higher on the post test (the post test can be repeated if a learner scores less than 80%), complete the course evaluation, and pay where required. No partial credit will be awarded.


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Conflict of Interest/Commercial Support Disclosure

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.

Course Objectives

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

  1. Describe abuse in 3 ways: type, consequences, and incidence and prevalence.
  2. Identify at least 3 risk and 3 protective factors for victims and perpetrators of abuse.
  3. State 4 categories of perpetrators.
  4. List at least 4 physical and 4 behavioral indicators of possible abuse.
  5. Relate 6 ways to ask about abuse.
  6. Explain the obligation to report abuse if you are a mandated reporter.
  7. Name 1 intervention and prevention strategy for addressing abuse.

*Please note: attainment of course objectives will be assessed in the course evaluation.