Out of the Shadows: Child Physical Abuse Assessment and Intervention

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Date: Thursday, July 31, 2014

Course #: W765

Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Location: Erikson Institute

Cost: $150.00

Credit Available: 0.5 CEUs; 5 SWCEUs; Approved by Illinois Early Intervention Training Program for 2.0 - Assessment, 1.0 - Atypical Development, and 2.0 - Working with Families


Approved by Illinois Early Intervention Training Program

It’s often a struggle to know what the right intervention is when professional concerns arise about a parent or child’s behavior. As a supportive professional, it can be uncomfortable to raise these concerns or consider a report to protective services.

This workshop provides professionals with advanced practice skills in the assessment and intervention of child physical abuse in infants and young children. The training will also provide a framework of how to integrate anticipatory guidance and child abuse prevention tools into your professional practice.

Key topics covered include:

  • Understanding the psychosocial “storm fronts” that impact child maltreatment, incidence rates of child abuse, and which children are at the most risk
  • Utilizing psychosocial assessment to identify risk and enhance intervention in work with young children and families
  • Developing and integrating child abuse prevention information for the children and families you serve
  • Assessing child maltreatment based on parent reports or clinician observation
  • Reporting concerns of child maltreatment to DCFS/police while continuing a therapeutic relationship with the family
  • Navigating the child welfare system and provide advocacy for the child and family


Melinda Gronen, M.A., LCSW

Melinda Gronen, M.A., LCSW, is currently the social work clinical coordinator for the protective services team (PST) at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Melinda received her Master of Arts degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago in 2000.
Melinda has worked in child welfare for the past fifteen years in a variety of settings, including foster care, residential treatment, and school based mental health. At Lurie Children’s Hospital since 2003, Melinda works, trains, and supervises staff in the areas child maltreatment assessment and intervention, provides clinical supervision to a post graduate social work fellow in child protection, and provides psychiatry intake and assessment for children who have been victims of sexual abuse and trauma. Melinda also provides training, consulting, and program development to community organizations.

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