Child Physical Abuse

This series of seven presentations, sponsored by the NCTSN Physical Abuse Collaborative Group, features many of the top experts in the field speaking about engagement strategies, assessment, cultural and systems issues, and evidence-based interventions for families in which there has been known or suspected child physical abuse.

In this webinar Laura Merchant identifies the key components of clinical assessment for child physical abuse. She discusses how to include family strengths and motivation to improve in therapy engagement and points out the potential barriers and challenges to successful treatment. She outlines symptoms a child may present and talks about the parent/child bond. In addition, she details risk factors and the need to assess parental capacity for support. This webinar outlines key standardized measures to use with abused children and their families, how to use them, and how to provide feedback on the measures. It also outlines how to develop concrete and measurable treatment goals based on symptoms and presentation.
In this webinar Farah Brink provides statistics for child abuse and neglect in the United States, outlines how to recognize a variety of injuries suggestive ofchild physical abuse, and highlights the basic diagnostic evaluation necessary to evaluate a child for physical abuse.
In this webinar Melissa Runyon and Cynthia Swenson offer practical information about two family interventions commonly delivered for families who are at risk for or who have experienced physical abuse (CPC-CBT and MST-CAN). They discuss Family Safety Planning and Abuse Clarification.
In this webinar David Kolko and Elissa Brown highlight evidence-based interventions aimed at empowering families, including individual treatment for children and skill building for parents. This webinars covers the goals of treatment for child physical abuse; functional analysis; affect identification and regulation; cognitive skills and processing; parent training; problem solving; and communication training.
In this webinar Michael de Arellano and Ruth Campbell explore the relationship between physical abuse and socioeconomic status, religious beliefs, racial and/or ethnic backgrounds, and gender. Speakers share strategies for approaching families with different cultural beliefs about their parenting style and use of physical punishment.
In this webinar Elissa Brown and Lucy Berliner debunk myths about parents who engage in physically abusive behavior and provide specific, evidence-based strategies to engage families from initial outreach through course of treatment. After defining terms and key issues, the presenters highlight common challenges and describe potential solutions, including phone scripts, motivational interviewing, and de-escalation training.
In this webinar, an introduction to the series, the speakers provide an overview of the prevalence and incidence of child physical abuse and the status of research and practice in the field. Through case examples, the speakers illustrate the impact of physical abuse on children, identify characteristics of physically abusive caregivers and families, and highlight common biases related to working with these families.