180 minutes     Previously Recorded    Kathryn Krase, Ph.D., J.D., M.S.W.
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For over 50 years, various professionals have been required by law to report suspicions of child abuse and neglect as “mandated reporters”. This workshop explores the role of mandated reporting by applying foundational ethical principles through the lens of racial & social justice. An exploration of the original intent of mandated reporter laws will be juxtaposed with the evolution of the legal responsibility, and resulting disproportionalities in the current system.  As society grapples with the role that certain systems, including the child welfare system, have played in poor outcomes for children of color, it is vital that we explore the role that individual reporters play in this process. This workshop will provide a framework for professionals to place their role in context, with the goal of furthering racial and social justice for all children and families.

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Kathryn Krase, Ph.D., J.D., M.S.W., Principal Consultant with Krase Consultant and founder of Making the Tough Call is an expert on the professional reporting of suspected child maltreatment. She has authored multiple books and articles on the subject. She has years of experience consulting with government and community based organizations to develop policy & practice standards. Organizational Chart “Making the Tough Call” is a project of Krase Consulting. Kathryn S. Krase is the sole proprietor of both initiatives. Both Making the Tough Call and Krase Consulting are registered entities in New York State.


Program Agenda


  • Ethical Principles (45 minutes)
    • Introduce ethical principles:
      • Autonomy
      • Beneficence
      • Non-Maleficence
      • Justice
    • Explore the sub-components of “Justice”
      • Social & racial justice
    • Place mandated reporting in the context of ethical responsibilities


  • Historical Development of Mandated Reporting (35 minutes)
    • Origins of Mandated Reporting
    • Expansion of Mandated Reporting
    • Current State of Mandated Reporting & the Child Welfare System
      • Highlighting disproportionate impacts
        • Socioeconomic status
        • Community level factors
        • Racial disproportionality
          • Quasi-criminalization


  • Explore Roots of Disproportionate Impacts (30 minutes)
  • Macro Level:
    • Civil Rights Movement
    • Neo-liberalism
    • Political Systems
  • Mezzo Level:
    • Community resources
    • Community connections
  • Micro Level:
    • Professionalism
    • Personal lens


  • Framework for “Just” (as in “Justice”) Reporting (50 minutes)
    • Legal responsibility to report
      • When suspicions are required to be reported & when they are not
      • Challenging legal requirements
        • Abolition movement
      • Evaluating influence of personal lenses to reporting decision
      • Ethical responsibility for just practice
        • Ethical responsibilities when report is made
        • Ethical responsibilities when report is not made
      • Case examples & application of framework


  • Review & Summarize (20 minutes)

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will describe the competing ethical and legal principles at play in the development of mandated reporting laws over time.
  • Participants will define ethical/ moral and legal conundrums faced when making the decision to report.
  • Participants will demonstrate a framework to guide the process for considering racial and social justice when determining whether they are required to make a report to child protective services.
This presentation is open to:
  • Social Workers
  • Professional Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Licensed Mental Health Practitioners
  • Other professionals interacting with populations engaged in mental health based services
This online class is offered at an intermediate level ,and is beneficial for an intermediate level clinician:
  • New practitioners who wish to gain enhanced insight surrounding the topic
  • Experienced practitioners who seek to increase and expand fundamental knowledge surrounding the subject matter
  • Advanced practitioners seeking to review concepts and reinforce practice skills and/or access additional consultation
  • Managers seeking to broaden micro and/or macro perspectives

Course Length: 3 Hours

This Webinar Offers 3 Continuing Education Credits
This webinar is recorded and will not grant live credits.

    • This program is co-sponsored by NEFESH International and Therapy Express. NEFESH International is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NEFESH International maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
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    • CE You! is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CE You! maintains responsibility for this program..
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