Evaluating and Responding to Children’s Allegations of Sexual Abuse

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Date May 29, 2014
Time 11:00 AM EDT
Cost $49.00
allegations of sexual abuse—now what?  Dr. Sarah Shelton provides a plan of action for navigating issues such as credibility, legal responsibilities, and treatment.

Full Description:
A child’s allegation of sexual abuse is both distressing and disturbing. While reporting suspected child sexual abuse is mandated, concerns often arise in clinical and legal settings about the validity of the child’s report, especially when the child is very young.

Participants in this webinar will learn how to evaluate the credibility of a child’s allegation of sexual abuse by understanding the dynamic of child sexual abuse and the clinical presentation of a sexually abused child. Proper interviewing and evaluation techniques will be presented. Participants will discover how to properly react to a child’s allegation of sexual abuse, and how to comply with legal and ethical requirements of mandated reporting. A clinical case example will illustrate the various assessment and treatment challenges.

Course Includes:
Live Q&A
Presentation Handout
Post session recording access
CE Credit

What You Will Learn:
Identify major issues related to child sexual abuse
Describe a proper reaction in a therapeutic setting to a child’s disclosure of sexual abuse 
Analyze techniques for interviewing and evaluating children when sexual abuse is a concern
Recognize concerns, criticisms, and challenges related to the validity of a child’s disclosure of sexual abuse, especially when the child is very young
Outline the process, expectations, and limitations of providing expert witness testimony in cases of alleged child sexual abuse

Your Presenter:
SARAH SHELTON, PsyD, MS, MPH, MSCP, MSCS, NCPC, NCCE, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in Health and Forensics. In addition to her doctorate in Clinical Psychology, she possesses graduate degrees in Public Health, Forensics, and Psychopharmacology. She is an international presenter and author of peer-reviewed journal articles and textbook chapters, and is frequently published in the popular press. Dr. Shelton founded Psychological Wellness Group, LLC in Paducah, Kentucky, and has over a decade of clinical experience. She holds multiple professorships as well as state and national level elected and appointed positions. Dr. Shelton frequently serves as an expert witness in family, juvenile, civil, and criminal courts.

This event qualifies for one CE credit. Only registered attendees will have access to CE. A Cross Country Education web account is required to attend. There is no charge for a CCE web account. It is recommended that you join the meeting 15 to 20 minutes early. Speaker phone sound quality is poor and it is recommended that they not be used to listen to the event.

Technical requirements:
To view this webinar you will need to download the WebEx Application. You will be prompted to download it when you first enter the site. To save time, you can setup prior to the meeting by following this link: https://apidemoeu.webex.com/apidemoeu/meetingcenter/mcsetup.php

Who Should Attend:
Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Psychiatrists, Counselors, Psychiatric Nurses Practitioners, Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, School Psychologists, Case Managers, Social Workers, Clergy, Educators, Law Enforcement, Probation Officers, Attorneys, Judges


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