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Clinical Implications of Mandated Reporting
November 14, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:15 pm CST
“Clinical Implications for Mandated Reporting”
Presented by Michelle Cutler, Ph.D.
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
325 N. Wells Street – Room 407/412
Chicago, IL 60654
*Program offers 3 APA CEs for Psychologists and 3 CEUs for Counselors and Social Workers*
The presentation will provide a brief overview of the role of the Mandated Reporter and the procedures by which to make a mandated report per Illinois DCFS regulations. Most clinicians are familiar with these policies but find the process frustrating, overwhelming, and anxiety-provoking as it relates to our relationships with our clients. In addition, clinical and ethical challenges exist related to the disproportionality of family of color in the child welfare system (Child Welfare Information Gateway, 2016). The clinical implications of working with families throughout this process will be discussed, including issues such as when and how to involve caregivers, how to support families during the process, and how to maintain the therapeutic relationship. Also discussed will be ways to differentiate between physical abuse and corporal punishment, in both the legal and clinical context, as well as suggestions for discussing this issue in work with children and families.
Michelle Cutler, Ph.D. has over 15 years of experience working with children and families, with a specialty in working in the field of abuse and trauma. She currently works in private practice in addition to serving as Associate Professor in the Clinical Psychology program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where she developed and has taught the Child Trauma course for five years. Dr. Cutler helped to develop the mental health program at the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center (CCAC) when the center first opened its doors in 2001, and she continued to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to provide therapy to children and families who have experienced sexual abuse. Throughout her career, Dr. Cutler has worked collaboratively with DCFS investigators and caseworkers, and she has provided training to multiple audiences on the topic of mandated reporting in a clinical setting.