Course Description

 Course Description

Welcome to Child Abuse: Working with Abused & Neglected Children, an interactive computer-based instruction course, designed to help you identify and effectively teach students affected by child abuse and/or neglect. This course discusses the identification of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse; the impact of abuse on the behavior and learning abilities of students; the responsibilities of a teacher to report abuse or provide assistance to students who are the victims of abuse; and methods for teaching students about abuse of all types and its prevention. It also discusses the specific factors that are present in families who abuse or neglect their children. The 2019 course has additional sections on Childhood Depression and Suicide, on Child Trafficking, and on Substance Abuse to meet the requirements of Washington State’s RCW 28A.410.030 and WAC 181.79A.030. A major emphasis in this course is on helping the participant understand the special learning needs of the abused or neglected child and how to meet those needs in the regular classroom. Working with parents and community agencies is also emphasized.

This course meets the child abuse and neglect educational requirement in most states.  It is the responsibility of the student to verify the course content with your specific state professional licensing agency to ensure proper credit.

This computer-based instruction course is a self-supporting program that provides instruction, structured practice, and evaluation all on your home or school computer.  Technical support information can be found, in the Help section of your course.

This course is designed to help classroom teachers, school counselors, and other educational personnel gain strategies to reach and teach students who have been affected by child abuse or neglect. Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of the three types of abuse (physical, emotional, and sexual) and the four types of neglect (physical, medical, emotional, and educational). Additionally, participants will learn about the symptoms of childhood depression and suicidal tendencies, child sexual trafficking, and substance abuse and about how these issues are tied to child abuse and neglect. Participants will explore how abuse and neglect affect a student’s learning, cognitive brain development, and social-emotional development. The short- and long-term consequences of abuse and neglect will be reviewed, as will the social and family causes of abuse and neglect. The educator’s role in the intervention and prevention of child abuse and neglect will be discussed.

The course is divided into four chapters. Each chapter discusses a particular topic of abuse or neglect. The chapters are sequential and should be completed in the order they are presented. At the completion of each chapter, there will be an examination covering the material. Students must complete the examination before proceeding to the next chapter. In some of the examinations, questions will involve case studies to provide further practice in the application of knowledge. This course is appropriate for educators seeking training in working with children ages 3-18 years, as well as professionals who work directly with families.

Although this course is a comprehensive presentation of the educational issues surrounding abuse and neglect, there is certainly a wealth of research and topics that are not covered in the scope of this course. The instructor highly recommends that you augment your readings from this course with further research to gain a fuller understanding of the complexities of this subject. However, the material presented in this course will give you a broader understanding of the topic of child abuse and neglect. It will also give you information to apply directly to your work with students in the classroom and community.

 Learning Objectives

As a result of this course, participants will demonstrate their ability to:

  • Understand the educator’s role in protecting and supporting abused or neglected students
  • Recognize the symptoms of child abuse and neglect
  • Recognize the symptoms of depression and suicidal tendencies in youth, symptoms of child sexual trafficking, and symptoms of substance abuse in relation to child abuse
  • Know their state and school district’s child abuse reporting procedures
  • Understand the causes of abuse and neglect in families and society
  • Understand the special learning needs these students bring to the classroom
  • Gain techniques for supporting students and families affected by abuse or neglect
  • Learn intervention techniques applicable to the classroom setting
  • Gain a wider knowledge of available outside resources and support systems
  • Understand the educator’s role in the intervention and prevention of child abuse and neglect

There are no prerequisites.


As a student you will be expected to:

  • Complete all four information sections showing a competent understanding of the material presented in each section.
  • Complete all four section examinations, showing a competent understanding of the material presented.  You must obtain an overall score of 70% or higher, with no individual exam score below 50%, to pass this course.  *Please note: Minimum exam score requirements may vary by college or university; therefore, you should refer to your course addendum to determine what your minimum exam score requirements are.
  • Complete a review of any section on which your examination score was below 50%.
  • Retake any examination, after completing an information review, to increase that examination score to a minimum of 50%, making sure to also be achieving an overall exam score of a minimum 70% (maximum of three attempts). *Please note: Minimum exam score requirements may vary by college or university; therefore, you should refer to your course addendum to determine what your minimum exam score requirements are.
  • Complete a course evaluation form at the end of the course.
 Estimated Time of Completion

30 Hours

 Access Time

365 Days

 CEU / PDU Outcomes

3.0 CEUs


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Child Abuse: Working with Abused & Neglected Children
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Tuition non-credit $335.00
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