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CPD Mental Health: CPSY x647: Child Abuse Assessment and Reporting

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

CPSY x647– Child Abuse Assessment and Reporting

DATE: Friday, April 4

TIME: 9-5PM (lunch provided)

LOCATION: Loyola Hall, Rm. 160


Course meets the qualifications for 7 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Science.


The course will meet all of the requirements of California Business and Professions Code Section 28. Training will be provided in child abuse assessment and reporting including detailed knowledge of the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and the assessment and method of reporting of sexual assault, neglect, severe neglect, general neglect, willful cruelty or unjustifiable punishment, corporal punishment or injury, and abuse in out-of-home care.
The training will also cover the following topics:

The physical and behavioral indicators of abuse

  • Crisis counseling techniques
  • Relevant community resources
  • Rights and responsibilities of reporting, consequences of failure to report, and caring for a child's needs after a report is made
  • Sensitivity to previously abused children and adults
  • The nature of the traumatic impact and neurobiological correlates of abuse and neglect on the quality of child-caretaker attachment
  • The short and long term emotional, behavioral, cognitive, relationship, and physiological consequences of child abuse and neglect
  • Related implications and methods of treatment for children and adults  



Steve Baron, M.A., MFT, is the retired director of Family Court Services in Santa Clara County, California, former adjunct faculty for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges on the subject of juvenile dependency mediation, retired from 25 years of private practice, an occasional trainer for the California Administrative Office of the Courts, the Superior Court in Santa Clara County, and various community agencies on subjects including domestic violence, the impact of trauma on child development and victims of domestic violence, trauma-informed systems, mediation and custody evaluation, and ethics, and has been the recipient of awards from Legal Advocates for Children and Youth for services to families and children, “The Judge Len Edwards Champion of Peace Award” from the Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Council, and the Santa Clara County Psychological Association for the training of mental health professionals in the areas of divorce, child custody, and domestic violence.  He has been a lecturer for Santa Clara University in the graduate Counseling Psychology division for the past 27 years on subjects including child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, elder abuse, and trauma. He has authored or co-authored articles for the Family Court Review, California’s Journal of the Center for Families, Children & the Courts, and the Juvenile and Family Court Journal.


Cost: $192


Loyola Hall
Rm. 160

Christina Enquist, Ed.D.
Tel 408-551-1981