Course curriculum

    1. How to use this course

    1. Course Description and Learning Objective

    2. About the Instructor

    3. Continuing Education (CE) Information

    4. Course FAQ

    5. Disclaimer and Course Requirements

    1. Mandatory Reporting for Mental Health Professionals - Powerpointpdf

    2. Quiz Prep Questions

    3. Mandatory Reporting: Introduction & Overview

    4. Mandatory Reporting Legal and Ethical Consideration

    5. Mandatory Reporting Cultural Competency and Sensitivity

    6. Mandatory Reporting: Key Course Points

    7. References

    8. Mandatory Reporting Quiz

    9. Evaluation

About this course

  • 15 lessons

Course Description

Mandatory Reporting for Mental Health Professionals 


The Mandatory Reporting for Mental Health Professionals course is designed to provide social workers and other mental health professionals with comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their legal and ethical obligations regarding the reporting of child abuse, elder abuse, and domestic violence. This course aims to equip social workers and other mental health professionals with the necessary skills and competencies to identify and respond appropriately to situations where mandatory reporting is required.

There are no specific prerequisites for this course. It is open to social work professionals and other mental health professionals, students, and individuals interested in gaining knowledge and skills related to social work and mental health professional ethics.

Course Objectives:

  1. Understand, describe, and explain the legal and ethical frameworks surrounding mandatory reporting for social workers and other mental health professional.

  2. Identify, describe, and explain the signs, symptoms, and risk factors associated with child abuse, elder abuse, and domestic violence.

  3. Develop the ability to assess and evaluate situations to determine the need for mandatory reporting.

  4. Familiarize yourself with the reporting procedures and protocols specific to different jurisdictions. (How to know where to look)

  5. Enhance communication skills to effectively engage with clients, colleagues, and relevant authorities in reporting cases.

  6. Recognize the impact of mandatory reporting on social work and other mental health professional practices and client relationships.

  7. Explore the ethical dilemmas and considerations that may arise in the context of mandatory reporting.

  8. Develop strategies for self-care and managing the emotional challenges associated with mandatory reporting.


Introduction and Overview

Types of Abuse and Neglect 

Signs and indicators 

Assessing and Evaluating Risk

Reporting Procedures and Documentation 

Ethical Dilemmas and Considerations

Impact on Social Work Practice

Self-Care and Emotional Resilience

Case Studies and Practical Application

Conclusion and Integration

Questions and Answers

Closing and Evaluation 

Lead Trainer

Lead Trainer Sharea Farmer, LCSW

Sharea Farmer is the Founder and Executive Director of RS Counseling & Wellness with over 15 years of experience as a licensed clinical social worker. Her expertise in both clinical and administration has allowed her to work in the private and public sectors as an advocate for employee wellness, Diversity & Inclusion, Race Equity, and Trauma-Informed Practices. Her unique practice that focuses on empowerment and education creates transformative wellness for her clients that range from executive leadership teams to supervisors to staff. RS Wellness has developed employee resilience plans and trauma-informed care programs for state and public health agencies, as well as educational groups, both locally and nationally. Sharea received a BA in Sociology from Rider University and a Master’s of Social Work from Rutgers. She is an adjunct professor at Rutgers where she’s been teaching since 2014. She is on the World Childhood Foundation Advisory Board for a two-year term from 2021-2023. On the board, she’ll have the chance to use the Equity & Inclusion lens to determine program eligibility for funding in the area of preventing sexual exploitation and abuse of children. Sharea lives in New Jersey with her husband. She enjoys all things basketball, live NBA games, traveling, coloring, and spending time with family and friends. Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the States of New Jersey #44SC05650200

Certificates will be awarded after completion of the full Webinar and course evaluation.

Radiant Sunshine, #1403, 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. Radiant Sunshine maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 2/28/23 to 2/28/2026  Social workers completing this course receive 3 clinical continuing education credits. (ALSO ELIGIBLE FOR PA MANDATORY  REPORTING)

Find out whether your state or province accepts ACE approval.

Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP):

Radiant Sunshine has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7371. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.

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Refund Policy:   No refund will be given for the purchase of any course or webinar. 

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