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Mandatory Reporting Procedures for Behavioral Health Professionals

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Mandatory Reporting Procedures for Behavioral Health Professionals

Time: February 21, 2019 from 10am to 11am
Location: Online Event
Street: Online Event
City/Town: Fremont
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Phone: 800-385-1607
Event Type: webinar
Organized By: Roger Steven
Latest Activity: Jan 11, 2019

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While graduate level training programs in counseling, social work, psychology, and other behavioral health disciplines address the relevance of mandatory reporting, this program aims to further develop a clinician's mindset, practice, and expertise in how to deal with matters of reporting abuse.

Many practitioners are unsure of what truly constitutes abuse. Some wonder, "if a child I am seeing says they get a spanking when not doing what they are told, should I report that?" There can be gray area when it comes to reporting, even though reporting laws contain specific criteria under which it's important to make a report. 

This training aims to clarify for the practicing clinician just what constitutes abuse, in addition to when and how it should be reported. 

Participants are engaged in learning about abuses that need to be reported and will additionally hear statistics that will help them determine individualized assessment processes in line with their state's laws. Laws regarding reporting are explored along with guidelines on how each state may differ. 

Following definitions, statistics and laws, the training jumps into actual reporting procedures. In this section, we will briefly discuss what steps to take when suspicion or disclosure of abuse occurs, when to get supervision around such an issue, and finally how to contact and ultimately make a report to authorities. Further instruction is provided on documentation of the incident. 

Clinicians are often concerned about how to manage the client and their family when a report is made, including whether to tell some or all of the family that a report occurred. Participants will also learn what to do when the case is assigned and protective services become more involved. 

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