The workshop begins with a review of techniques to use with the child who discloses abuse. Learn how to allow expression while not leading the child and look at ways to avoid questions that may contaminate an investigation including child protective service (CPS) reporting scenarios. Professionals focus on working with abused children, but the family members face crises of their own. Parents who have experienced this trauma are included to help enhance the framework for healing. The unique intersystem coordination in Delaware County allows us to bring together a panel from child welfare and the legal system for a lively and spirited discussion of the issues around investigation and prosecution.
This is Core Knowledge Workshop # 4 for the Child Sexual Abuse Treatment Certificate.
- 1. Understand the role of therapist bias in sexual abuse disclosure.
- 2. Understand the role of the therapist/professional as different from the CPS investigator.
- 3. Learn techniques which enhance the child’s comfort level and promote the child’s ability to give a report.
- 4. Understand the prevalence and effects of denial on nuclear and extended family relationships.
- 5. Understand the roles of child protective services, criminal investigation, prosecution, and probation.
- 6. Understand the importance of collaboration and relationships with the various systems involved.