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April 24, 2023

10:00AM - 4:45PM EST (6 CE Credits)

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 6 CE Credits, $99.99



Parents, Professionals, Advocates, Relatives, and Neighbors represent our community. We embrace and protect our children, yet when does community intervention cease to be enough, when does the duty to protect require the intervention of the government? Government is a public trust, yet what happens when you don’t trust the government will intervene in the most ethical wholistic way? What is my obligation as a member of society?


This interactive training will help people confront their bias and determine their obligation to the child regardless of personal beliefs. This training will help mandated reporters address their own internal conflict so that they might act to protect the child while remaining part of the safety plan for the child in accordance with their local law and municipal regulations (using examples from DC/ MD/ VA), providing guidance on national standards.

This class can be used to fulfill the NEW Washington DC criteria for topics identified as “Key Public Health Priorities”.


(Trainer, Christian Greene, LICSW, has practiced in child welfare since 2005. She is the former Child Welfare Ombudsman for the District of Columbia)


CE You LLC #1573 is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. CE You LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period 3/27/20 – 3/27/21. Social workers completing this course receive 6  continuing education credits.


Christian Greene is a clinical social worker who has been practicing in DC Child Welfare since 2005. On behalf of the District and qualified by OAG has provided expert testimony in DC Superior Court. She has touched thousands of investigations in her career. Furthering her expertise to include DC Ombudsman and other DC Investigatory entities during her career as DC’s child welfare Ombuds. She is committed to ensuring the safety of children, the well-being of the child welfare workforce, and a standardized Ombudsman Office. Her Whistleblowing resulted in DC city Council taking decisive action with passage of the Office of the Ombudsperson for children in 2021. Currently she provides teletherapy with a focus on trauma, grief, and perinatal mental health.


Course Agenda; 6 CEU hours


Morning Session (3 hours)


  1. Introductions and Ice Breaker                                                (10 minutes)


  1. Defining Mandated Reporters            Obligations                            (25 minutes)
    • Federal Laws
    • Local Laws; example states to help participants locate and navigate their jurisdictions laws


  1. Duty of Child Welfare                                                           (15 minutes)


  1. Duty of Mandated Reporters and ethical dilemmas;             (50 minutes)
    • Confidentiality
    • Dual Reporting
    • Records
    • Liability


  1. Break; thought assignments during the break                                   (20 minutes)


  1. Child welfare Framework                                                      (60 minutes)
    • Safety, Well-Being, Permanency
    • Removal due to immediate safety
    • Court Process
    • Abuse and Sexual Abuse Investigatory Process (civil and criminal)


Afternoon Session (3 hours)


  1. Defining Rights, Roles and Responsibilities                         (45 minutes)


  1. Safety Plan Framework and Tips and Dilemma’s (45 minutes)


  1. Break; thought assignments during the break                                   (20 minutes)


  1. Defining suspicion of abuse and neglect per allegation with open discussion for Ethical conflicts; personal & professional (60 minutes)
    • Abuse
  1. Infliction of Physical or Mental Injury
  2. xxxxxx xxxxx xx xxxxxxxxxxxx xxxx xxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Negligent treatment or maltreatment of a child
  1. Cruelty
    • Neglect
  1. Abused or abandoned
  2. Without proper care and control by parent
  • Unable to discharge responsibilities
  1. Refuses to assume responsibilities
  2. Imminent danger
  3. Negligent treatment
  • Border babies
    • Critical Events
    • Child Fatalities
    • Safe Haven


  1. Actions to Protect our Children                                             (10 minutes)
    • Trusting CPS?
    • Self-Care
    • Working through personal fears
    • Being an active participant in the safety plan


  1.  Closure

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will know how to distinguish between their legal, ethical, and personal obligations as a mandated reporter
  • Through interactive discussions, participants will learn the federal definitions of abuse and neglect cross referenced with example local jurisdiction’s laws.
  • Participants will learn their legal obligations further defined in their ethical obligations based on their field of practice
  • Myth’s and realities of being a mandated reporter will be discussed to develop a clear knowledge base of the reporter so that they might make informed decisions
  • Myth’s and realities of child welfare will be discussed so that the participant might understand their rights, roles, and responsibilities as a mandated reporter.
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 introductory level ,and is beneficial for a beginner 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: 6 Hours

This Webinar Offers 6 Live Interactive Continuing Education Credits

    • 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..
    • CE You LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0437

Official information:

Refunds: Registrants who are unable to attend a Thrapy Express seminar or live webinars may ask for, and will receive, a credit or refund (your choice). Refund requests will be processed within 3 business days. When an attendee knows in advance that they are unable to attend we ask that they inform Thrapy Express ahead of time by emailing [email protected] or by calling or texting (631) 202-1010 this allows us to free up the spot in the training in the event that a training is at or near capacity.
Disability Access: If you require ADA accommodations, please contact our office 30 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.
Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often, and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.
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Satisfactory Completion: Participants must have paid the tuition fee, logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate (If this is a pre-recorded program, a post-test with a passing grade of 80% to receive a certificate.) Failure to log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates are available after satisfactory course completion by clicking here
Participants will receive their certificate electronically upon completion of the webinar and course evaluation form.
There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.
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