Pennsylvania Mandated Reporter – PA Act 31 Initial Training

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Course Description

The term child abuse generally describes the most serious harms committed against children by the persons who are responsible for their care. This course describes and refers to all forms of child abuse. It presents in a clear and precise way the responsibilities of mandated reporters in Pennsylvania and how to report reasonable suspicions of abuse. It also describes consequences for not reporting when required. Includes instructions on using the Portal.

Intended Audience

Professionals in Pennsylvania who need mandated reporter training for initial licensure, including the following professions:

  • Chiropractic
  • Dentistry
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Optometry
  • Osteopathic Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Podiatry
  • Psychology
  • Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
  • Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors
  • Funeral Directors

Learning Objectives

  • Differentiate the purpose of Child Protective Services verses General Protective Services
  • Define legal terminology associated with child abuse
  • Explain the risk factors contributing to child abuse
  • Recognize physical and behavioral indicators of child abuse and neglect
  • Describe situations in which mandated reporters shall report
  • Summarize the process for reporting and which methods are acceptable for mandated verses permissive reporters
  • Discuss the legal protections afforded mandated reporters as well as the consequences for failing to report
Credit/Contact Hours
  • Amy Adkins-Dwivedi, MS, APRN
Development Team
  • Margaret Chinn, MEd, MSW
  • Trisha Moreno
  • English
Release Date
October 6, 2020
Last Updated
April 11, 2022
Instructional Methods
  • Assessment Review with Rationale
  • Case Studies
  • Narrated Slides
  • Ungraded Self Assessment-Lesson Recall
  • Video Clips
  • Autograded and Quiz Retakes Allowed
  • Daily PALS Reporting
  • Graded Final Quiz
  • Passing 80%+
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