Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs

Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention


Course Description: This course includes a select group of strategies based on the best available evidence to help prevent child abuse and neglect. These strategies include strengthening economic supports to families; changing social norms to support parents and positive parenting; providing quality care and education early in life; enhancing parenting skills to promote healthy child development; and intervening to lessen harms and prevent future risk. The strategies represented in this course include those with a focus on preventing child abuse and neglect from happening in the first place as well as approaches to lessen the immediate and long-term harms of child abuse and neglect.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe preventative actions to achieve the goal of preventing child abuse and neglect
  • Describe specific ways to advance the strategy for preventing child abuse and neglect
  • Analyze the evidence for each of the approaches in preventing child abuse and neglect

Course Components:

  • Online text (included)
  • Multiple choice online exam (included)
  • Electronic certificate of completion (free)

Course Credit(s): 2 CE Credits or Hours

Course Format: Online Text (format of this course is noninteractive)

Course Schedule: Self-paced

Course Author(s): Beverly L. Fortson, PhD, Joanne Klevens, MD, PhD, MPH, Melissa T. Merrick, PhD, Leah K. Gilbert, MD, MSPH, and Sandra P. Alexander, MEd

Content Publisher(s): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Course Author(s) Qualifications:

Dr. Fortson currently works as a behavioral scientist on the Child Maltreatment and Sexual Violence Team in the Research and Evaluation Branch of the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) in CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Prior to joining CDC, she was an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina-Aiken in Aiken, South Carolina. Dr. Fortson received her BS in psychology from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, and her MA and PhD in Clinical Child Psychology from West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Dr. Klevens is an epidemiologist with the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) in CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC). Dr. Klevens received her PhD in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, her MPH from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and her MD from the National University in Bogotá.

Dr. Merrick is a behavioral scientist with the Surveillance Branch in the Division of Violence Prevention at CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Dr. Merrick received her master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, where she served as a program coordinator for the San Diego site of the Longitudinal Studies on Child Abuse and Neglect (LONGSCAN) consortium.

Dr. Gilbert joined the Emory University School of Medicine faculty in 2014. She received her MD at University of North Carolina School of Medicine and completed her emergency medicine residency at the University of Arizona.

Sandra P. Alexander is a subject matter expert on child maltreatment in the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP), within CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC). 

Course Level: Beginning/Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced

CEmobile, LLC, #1558, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CEmobile, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 5/2/2018-5/2/2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.
Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.

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