Reasonable Suspicion - RonaldMah

Ronald Mah, M.A., Ph.D.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist,
Consultant/Trainer/Author
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Reasonable Suspicion + Mandated Reporting = ?
An Experiential Training to Understanding Child Abuse and Mandated Reporting

FORMAT:
Lecture and Discussion- Participants are encouraged to make the workshop more relevant to their concerns by asking questions and actively participating in experiential training.

DESCRIPTION:
The presentation starts with the basic Child Abuse Reporting Laws and then activates a conceptual process for mandated reporters such as teachers, therapists, social workers, and other human services providers to understand the criteria for distinguishing among Legal, Ethical, and Moral requirements; and among Legal, Ethical, and Practical/Program requirements. A series of simple experiential activities will help participants distinguish among ineffective discipline, poor discipline, harm, and child abuse- child abuse that mandates reporting. Definitions and guidance in recognizing the different categories of child abuse: physical, sexual, neglect, emotional, and so forth. Guidance in how to handle problematic discipline techniques of parents for child abuse prevention. Cross-cultural and multi-cultural issues in child abuse reporting and discipline issues will also be addressed. Historical and multi-cultural aspects of corporal punishment and sexual boundaries and relationship to legal child abuse definitions.

SUMMARY OF CONTENT:
1) Child Abuse Reporting Law

2) Mandated Reporters

3) Legal, Ethical, and Moral requirements and distinctions-
  • Requirements from the Law, Professional Requirements, and Personal Values;
  • Differentiating among the following questions:
  • What are your legal mandates?
  • What are your program guidelines?
  • What is your agenda?

4) Legal, Ethical, and Practical/Program requirements- Another Set of Critical Distinctions

5) OK and Not OK- A decision making process for Mandated Reporters

6) Definitions and Considerations of Child Abuse Categories (Experiential Activities)
  • Physical Abuse resulting from Unreasonable Severe Corporal Punishment;
  • Physical Abuse resulting from Unjustifiable Punishment;
  • Shaken Infant Syndrome;
  • Physical Neglect;
  • Sexual Abuse- Assault;
  • Sexual Abuse- Exploitation;
  • Emotional Abuse;
  • Emotional Deprivation

7) Multi-cultural, Cross-cultural, and Historical Issues in Discipline, Boundaries, and Child Abuse
ADDRESS:
433 Estudillo Ave., #305
San Leandro, CA 94577-4915
Ronald Mah, M.A., Ph.D.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT32136
CONTACT INFORMATION:
phone: (510) 614-5641
fax: (510) 889-6553
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