Working with Abused & Neglected Children
Instructor Name:††††††††† Joan S. Halverstadt
Phone: ††††††††††††††††††††††† 509-891-7219
Office Hours:† ††††††††††† 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST Monday - Friday
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Welcome to Child Abuse: Working with Abused & Neglected Children, an interactive computer-based instruction course, designed to help you identify and effectively teach students affected by child abuse and/or neglect. This course discusses the identification of physical, emotional, and sexual† abuse; the impact of abuse on the behavior and learning abilities of students; the responsibilities of a teacher to report abuse or provide assistance to students who are the victims of abuse; and methods for teaching students about abuse of all types and its prevention. It also discusses the specific factors that exist in families who abuse or neglect their children. A major emphasis in this course is on helping the participant understand the special learning needs of the abused or neglected child, and how to meet those needs in the regular classroom. Working with parents and community agencies is also emphasized.
This course meets the child abuse and neglect educational requirement in most states.† It is the responsibility of the student to verify the course content with your specific state professional licensing agency to ensure proper credit.
This computer-based instruction course is a self-supporting program that provides instruction, structured practice, and evaluation all on your home or school computer.† Technical support information can be found in the Help section of your course.
Course Materials (either Online or CD-Rom)
Title:††††††††††††††† Child Abuse: Working with Abused & Neglected Children
Instructor:††††††† Joan S. Halverstadt MS/ED
Publisher: ††††††† Virtual Education Software, inc. 2002, Revised 2010, Revised 2013
Academic work submitted by the individual (such as papers, assignments, reports, tests) shall be the studentís own work or appropriately attributed, in part or in whole, to its correct source. Submission of commercially prepared (or group prepared) materials as if they are oneís own work is unacceptable.
Aiding Honesty in Others
The individual will encourage honesty in others by refraining from providing materials or information to another person with knowledge that these materials or information will be used improperly.
Violations of these academic standards will result in the assignment of a failing grade and subsequent loss of credit for the course.
Level of Application
This course is designed to be an informational course with application to educational settings. The intervention strategies are designed to be used for the remediation of abused or neglected students ranging in age from approximately three years to adolescence. Some alterations may be needed if working with specific populations such as gifted, ESL or special education.
Students will be able to:
∑ Understand the educatorís role in protecting and supporting abused or neglected students
∑ Recognize the symptoms of child abuse and neglect
∑ Know their state and school districtís child abuse reporting procedures
∑ Understand the causes of abuse and neglect in families and society
∑ Understand the special learning needs these students bring to the classroom
∑ Gain techniques for supporting students and families affected by abuse or neglect
∑ Learn intervention techniques applicable to the classroom setting
∑ Gain a wider knowledge of available outside resources and support systems
∑ Understand the educatorís role in the intervention and prevention of child abuse and neglect
This course is designed to help classroom teachers, school counselors and other educational personnel gain strategies to reach and teach students who have been affected by child abuse or neglect.† Participants will learn the signs and symptoms for the three types of abuse (physical, emotional, and sexual) and the four types of neglect (physical, medical, emotional, and educational).† Participants will explore how abuse and neglect affect a studentís learning, cognitive brain development and social-emotional development.† The short- and long-term consequences of neglect as well as the social and family causes will be reviewed.† The educatorís role in the intervention and prevention of child abuse and neglect will be discussed.†
The course is divided into four chapters.† Each chapter discusses a particular topic of abuse or neglect.† The chapters are sequential and should be completed in the order they are presented.† At the completion of each chapter, there will be an examination covering the material. Students must complete the examination before proceeding to the next chapter.† In some of the examinations, questions will involve case studies to provide further practice in the application of knowledge.† This course is appropriate for educators seeking training in working with children ages 3-18 years, as well as professionals who work directly with families.
Although this course is a comprehensive presentation of the educational issues surrounding abuse and neglect, there is certainly a wealth of research and topics that are not covered in the scope of this course.† The instructor highly recommends that you augment your readings from this course with further research to gain a fuller understanding of the complexities of this subject.† However, the material presented in this course will give you a broader understanding of the topic of child abuse and neglect.† It will also give you information to apply directly to your work with students in the classroom and community.
As a student you will be expected to:
∑ Complete all information chapters covering child abuse, showing a competent understanding of the material presented.
∑ Complete all examinations, showing a competent understanding of the material presented.
∑ Complete a review of any chapter on which your examination score was below 70%.
∑ Complete all course journal article and essay writing assignments with the minimum word count shown for each writing assignment.
∑ Complete a course evaluation form at the end of the course.
Chapter Three:† Neglect: Types, Causes & Interventions
This chapter will discuss the physical and behavioral symptoms of the four types of neglect (physical, medical, emotional, and educational).† The role patterns children of neglect often exhibit and the causes of neglect, including poverty, are presented.†
Chapter Four:† The Effects of Neglect
†In this chapter the long-term effects of child abuse and neglect on a childís social, emotional and personality development will be discussed.† Participants will read a research article on the effects of maltreatment on bonding and attachment.† The social and emotional traits of specific age groups of maltreated children will be discussed, as well as the effects of foster placement on the child and family.† Also included in the final chapter, the information learned in the previous three chapters is applied specifically to methods for reaching and teaching students who have been abused or neglected.† Barriers schools create for families are discussed as well as interventions for meeting the studentís physical, cognitive and social-emotional needs at school.† The course ends with a discussion of the educatorís role in the intervention, treatment, and prevention of child abuse and neglect.
At the end of each course chapter, you will be expected to complete an examination designed to assess your knowledge. You may take these exams a total of three times.† Your last score will save, not the highest score.† After your third attempt, each examination will lock and not allow further access.† The average from your exam scores will be printed on your certificate.† However, this is not your final grade since your required writing assignments have not been reviewed.† Exceptionally written or poorly written required writing assignments, or violation of the academic integrity policy in the course syllabus, will affect your grade. As this is a self-paced computerized instruction program, you may review course information as often as necessary. You will not be able to exit any examinations until you have answered all questions. If you try to exit the exam before you complete all questions, your information will be lost. You are expected to complete the entire exam in one sitting.
This course has two required writing components.† ALL ASSIGNMENTS ARE REVIEWED. Exceptionally or poorly written assignments, or violation of the academic integrity policy noted in the course syllabus, will affect your grade.
It is highly recommended that you write and save all writing assignments in an external word processing program (such as Word or Notepad), and then copy and paste these into the course program so that you will have backup copies.
To save your essays:
When you select the question or article you wish to respond to, ĎSimple Textí or ĎText Edití will launch automatically. When you are finished entering your response, simply click SAVE.†
You must SAVE before you write another essay or move on to another part of the course.
1) †Essay Requirement: Critical Thinking Questions
There are four Critical Thinking Questions that you must complete. You will do research on the questions and write brief essay responses relating it to the course content (and your personal experiences, when possible).† To view the questions, click on REQUIRED ESSAY and choose the Critical Thinking Question that you are ready to complete; this will bring up a screen where you may enter your essay.† You must write a minimum of 500 words (maximum 1,000) per essay.† You may go back at any point to edit your essays, but you must be certain to click SAVE once you have completed your edits.
You must SAVE before you write another essay or move on to another part of the course.
2)†† Essay Requirement: Journal Articles
This task requires you to write a review of three peer-reviewed or scholarly journal articles (blogs and news articles are not acceptable) of your choice on a topic related to this course.† You may choose your topic by entering the Key Words (click on the Key Words button) into a search engine of your choice (Bing, Google, Yahoo, etc.). You may also access www.scholar.google.com, www.findarticles.com or www.edarticle.com to search for relevant professional articles. Or simply type into your finder "free education articles" and numerous sites will be displayed.† Choose three relevant articles and write a critical summary of the information given in each article, explaining how the information relates to, supports, or refutes information given in this course. Conclude your review with your thoughts and impressions (200 words per journal article minimum, 400 words maximum). Be sure to provide the journal name, volume, date, and any other critical information to allow the instructor to access and review that article. Grades on summaries are reduced if not properly cited.
To write your essays, click on REQUIRED ESSAY and choose the Journal Article that you would like to complete; this will bring up a screen where you can write your review. When you are ready to stop, click SAVE.† You may go back at any point to edit your essays, but you must be certain to click SAVE once you are done with your edits. For more information on the features of this assignment, please consult the HELP menu.
You must SAVE before you write another essay or move on to another part of the course.
Joan Halverstadt is a Special Services Director and School Psychologist in a school district.† She has fifteen yearsí experience as a school counselor, working with at-risk preschool and elementary aged students.† Ms. Halverstadt has forty years of experience working in early childhood education with children and families, including working with children affected by family issues, abuse, or trauma.† She also teaches graduate education counseling and special education courses for teachers and counselors. She received her National Certification and School Psychology Educational Specialist degree from Seattle University, her School Counseling Educational Staff Associate Degree from City University, her Masterís in Education Degree from George Mason University, and her BA in Psychology and Elementary Education from Whitman College.
You may contact the instructor by emailing Joan at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling her 509-891-7219, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. PST. Phone messages will be answered within 24 hours. Phone conferences will be limited to ten minutes per student, per day, given that this is a self-paced instructional program. Please do not contact the instructor about technical problems, course glitches or other issues that involve the operation of the course.
If you have questions or problems related to the operation of this course, please try everything twice. If the problem persists please check our support pages for FAQs and known issues at www.virtualeduc.com †and also the Help section of your course.
If you need personal assistance then email email@example.com or call (509) 891-7219.† When contacting technical support, please know your course version number (it is located at the bottom left side of the Welcome Screen) and your operating system, and be seated in front of the computer at the time of your call.†
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Refer to the addendum regarding Grading Criteria, Course Completion Information, Items to be Submitted and how to submit your completed information. The addendum will also note any additional course assignments that you may be required to complete that are not listed in this syllabus.
Course content is updated every three years. Due to this update timeline, some URL links may no longer be active or may have changed. Please type the title of the organization into the command line of any Internet browser search window and you will be able to find whether the URL link is still active or any new link to the corresponding organization's web home page.
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