Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs

Child Abuse Assessment and Reporting


This course meets the California pre-licensure requirement for Child Abuse Assessment and Reporting (7 clock hours) for Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs.

Course Description: This course provides an accessible framework for culturally competent practice with children and families in child maltreatment cases. Numerous workable strategies and concrete examples are presented to help professionals address cultural concerns at each stage of the assessment and intervention process. Professionals learn new ways of thinking about their own cultural viewpoints as they gain critical skills for maximizing the accuracy of assessments for physical and sexual abuse; overcoming language barriers in parent and child interviews; respecting families' values and beliefs while ensuring children's safety; creating a welcoming agency environment; and more.

Learning Objectives:

  • Compare the important factors that impact how providers can assist immigrant families
  • Explain the impact of cultural diversity when assessing child abuse and neglect, and effective assessment methods
  • Explain important factors that impact each stage of the interviewing process with culturally diverse families
  • Discuss the research on the relationship between physical discipline and abuse, and the attitudes held by different communities
  • Describe how different communities react to child sexual abuse, and interventions that can be utilized to reduce the shame associated with it

Course Components:

  • Textbook (NOT included, must be purchased separately by participant)
    - Required textbook: Lisa Aronson Fontes (2008). Child Abuse and Culture: Working with Diverse Families. Guilford Press.
    - Available at Amazon and other sources
  • Online text: Promoting Protective Factors for Victims of Child Abuse and Neglect, 2015 (included)
  • Multiple choice online exam (included)
  • Electronic certificate of completion (free)

We allow you to obtain the textbook on your own to afford you greater flexibility. You can borrow from the library or a friend, or purchase a new or used copy for yourself or with a group of friends.

Course Credit(s): 7 CE Credits or Hours

Course Format: Book-Based and Online Text (format of this course is noninteractive)

Course Schedule: Self-paced

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

Content Publisher(s): Guilford Press

Course Author(s) Qualifications:

Dr. Fontes is on the faculty of the University Without Walls at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has dedicated two decades to making the social service, mental health, criminal justice, and medical systems more responsive to culturally diverse people. She is a leader in the field of cultural competence for professionals who work with diverse populations--winning the Cultural Competence Award of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC). Dr. Fontes grew up in New York City and holds a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She also earned a master's degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and writes books, articles and chapters for professional and lay audiences. She does trainings, writes curricula, and consults throughout the U.S. and around the world.

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: 5/2/2021-5/2/2024. 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 7 clinical continuing education clock hours.

American Psychological Association
CEmobile, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CEmobile, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work
CEmobile, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0454.
The Education Law and Commissioner’s Regulations allow a LMSW or LCSW to complete no more than one-third of the required hours as self-study in each registration period. This would translate to a limit of 12 hours for a typical 36-month registration period.
A New York State LMSW or LCSW is responsible for complying with New York laws, rules and regulations.

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
CEmobile, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6879. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. CEmobile, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

The following are California BBS-recognized approval agencies:
Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)
National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)
American Psychological Association (APA)

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