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The Role of Mental Health Professionals in the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect
This manual provides mental health professionals with a knowledge base about preventing and treating child abuse and neglect and helps them understand their roles and responsibilities in this area. Sections provide information on mental health disciplines and child abuse intervention; identify the roles of the mental health professional who works with maltreated children and their families, including preventing abuse on a primary and secondary level, providing tertiary intervention services, evaluating and treating children and their families, serving as an advocate and source of information, acting as an educator, helping clients prepare for testifying in court, being a consultant to county or State departments of social services, and testifying as an expert witness; and describe the responsibilities of the mental health professional, including reporting child maltreatment, referring children for medical evaluations, preventing sexual abuse of clients by therapists, acquiring knowledge and skills through training, establishing quality assurance practices and standards, and participating on a multidisciplinary team. Sections also provide operational definitions of abuse, summarize the problems associated with various forms of child maltreatment, and explain forensic and clinical evaluations; address mental health treatment issues and models as they relate to incestuous and neglecting families; and examine treatment modalities. Appendices identify crime victim compensation and victim assistance programs and list other user manuals in the series. 67 references.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Roles of Mental Health Professionals Working With Abused and Neglected Children and Their Families
Responsibilities of the Mental Health Professional
How Child Abuse and Neglect Is Defined
Mental Health Treatment Issues and Models
Glossary of Terms
Appendix A: State Victims of Crime Programs, Crime Victim Compensation and Victim Assistance
Appendix B: Other User Manuals in This Series
Suggested Citation: Peterson, M.S., Urquiza, A.J., & U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (1993). The role of mental health professionals in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau.
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