Adopting a Child That May Have Been Sexually Abused (CE)

Adopting a Child That May Have Been Sexually Abused (CE)

$20.00

What issues should families consider when adopting or fostering a child that may have been sexually abused? What are warning signs of past sexual abuse? How can these children be helped, while not endangering children already in the home? In this course, Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support organization, interviews Dr. Jennifer Shaw, a clinical psychologist at the Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education in Fairfax, Virginia. Dr. Shaw specializes in play therapy and therapy with children and teenagers who have experienced early trauma, including sexual abuse.

Description

1-Hour CE Credit

This course is designed for adoption social workers and mental health providers.

Course Overview:

What issues should families consider when adopting or fostering a child that may have been sexually abused? What are warning signs of past sexual abuse? How can these children be helped, while not endangering children already in the home? In this course, Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support organization, interviews Dr. Jennifer Shaw, a clinical psychologist at the Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery and Education in Fairfax, Virginia. Dr. Shaw specializes in play therapy and therapy with children and teenagers who have experienced early trauma, including sexual abuse.

(Please note: The clarity of the audio in this course is not as crisp as other courses we offer.  However, the content presented is excellent, which is why we chose to include the course.  We are working on a replacement course with similar content that should be released in Sept. 2017.)

Course Outline & Bibliography

Participants will be able to:

  • Explain what factors often contribute to a child’s vulnerability to the risk of sexual abuse.
  • Identify the definition of sexual abuse and list “warning” behaviors that are common to the experience of a child who has been abused.
  • List protective factors that a parent or caregiver should take when a child discloses abuse, with practical examples of responses to offer the child.
  • Identify the risk factors that an abused child faces with regard to experiencing further abuse, becoming an abusive adult, or experiencing recovery.
  • Describe different kinds of community resources and clinical supports a family should seek when parenting a child who has a history of sexual abuse.
  • Identify practical tools and talking points to assist a child in the re-learning of healthy boundaries and expressions of healthy affection.
  • Identify safeguards a family should have in place when accepting placement of a child who is suspected to have been sexually abused or who has reported abuse.

Social Work Practice Level: Intermediate

1 Hour CE credit

Online Audio Course – Non-interactive (Certificate of completion will be immediately awarded online.  You will be redirected to the certificate upon successful completion of the course including passing a 10 question quiz and completing a course evaluation) 

Course Categories:  Social work practice, knowledge and skills/Social work clinical practice

Accreditations and Approvals:

Creating a Family – The National Adoption and Infertility Education and Support Nonprofit, #1488, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Creating a Family – The National Adoption and Infertility Education and Support Nonprofit maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 10/17/2016 – 10/17/2017. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1 continuing education clock hours.

For information on specific continuing education requirements by jurisdiction or mental health field, we recommend contacting your licensing board or accrediting organization for the most current requirements from your state or territory. ASWB offers a quick reference of Social Work Laws and Regulations that you may find helpful.

Please contact the Education Director for technical assistance or disability accommodations.

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