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NJPA Ground Round: Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting
Friday, January 10, 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:15 PM EDT
Category: NJPA Programs

NJPA Ground Round: Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting 
Presented by Susan Esquilin, PhD
Friday, January 10, 2020
NJPA Headquarters – 354 Plaza Café
354 Eisenhower Parkway
Livingston, New Jersey 07039 
2 CE Credits Available
10:00 AM – 12:15 PM


This workshop is sponsored by NJPA. NJPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. NJPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Registration Fee:  NJPA Member: $40 | NJPA Sustaining Member: $ 34 | NJPA Student Member: $20 | NJPA ECP: $30 | Non-member: $80 

Program Schedule:
• 9:45 AM - 10:00 AM Registration
• 10:00 AM -12:15 PM Program (2 CE)
• 10:15 AM-10:30 AM (15 min Break)
• 12:15PM Program Conclusion

The program will describe the rationale for mandatory child abuse reporting laws and the specific requirements of the mandatory child abuse reporting law in New Jersey. Definitions of the physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and psychological abuse will be provided, along with red flags and possible indicators of each. The workshop will distinguish between child protection laws and criminal statutes pertinent to sex offenses. The workshop will address clinically and ethically informed ways of working with families when a report is necessary and of working with DCPP when a report results in an investigation. Finally, current issues of scholarly concern about mandatory reporting laws will be outlined.

Learning Objectives:
a. Describe the NJ mandatory reporting law in NJ, specifically those required to report, the standard for reporting, and the appropriate recipient of the report. 
b. Identify the nature of the relationship a child must have with an alleged abuser that is required for a mandatory report.
c. Describe the essential characteristics of physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and psychological abuse.
d. Explain how cultural factors may influence the identification of physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and psychological abuse.
e. Discuss the clinical and ethical issues that should be considered when making a report of child abuse.
f. Identify a major current scholarly concern about mandatory reporting.

Target Audience: Psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, physicians, mental health counselors, educators, marriage and family therapists, and graduate students.

Program sophistication: Introductory: no basic knowledge of the specific content is required.

The presenter does not have any commercial support and/ or conflict for interest for this program. NJPA ensures that permission to use proprietary information, and steps to safeguard such information, are discussed with presenters at NJPA co-sponsored programs. No materials (physical or electronic) provided to attendees at such programs may be shared. NJPA does not endorse the presented material as the only approach to a given area of study or therapeutic approach.

ADA accommodations available upon request. Requests must be made at least 14 days prior to the event. Please contact [email protected] for more details.

Registration Policies: On–Site Registration fees will increase by $20. Refunds less a $25 administrative fee will be granted until January 2, 2020. No refunds after January 2, 2020.