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Program Offers 1.5 CEs for Psychologists (APA) and 1.5 BBS California CEUs for LPCCs, LPSW, and LMFTs.

Workshop Description:

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: 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.

Learning Objectives: 

After attending this introductory-level workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Identify situations in which mandated reporting is required, and the practical steps necessary to make a report.

2. .Navigate the complexities of making a mandated report in the context of a therapeutic relationship, while considering cultural differences.

Professional Bio of Presenter Michelle Cutler, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor

Dr. Cutler has over 20 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, as well as serving as Associate Professor at the Chicago School, where she developed and has taught the course Child Trauma course for over ten years. Dr. Cutler helped to develop the mental health program at the Chicago Children’ Advocacy Center (CCAC), when the center first opened its doors in 2001, and has continued 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 provided training to multiple audiences on the topic of mandated reporting in a clinical setting.

Program Standards and Goals

This program meets APA’s continuing education STANDARD 1.2: Program content focuses on ethical, legal, statutory or regulatory policies, guidelines, and standards that impact psychological practice, education, or research.

This program meets APA’s continuing education GOAL 1: Program is relevant to psychological practice, education, and/or science.

Registration and Fees:

General Admission: $25.00

TCSPP Current Site Supervisors & Community Partner Admission: $15.00

TCSPP Alumni Admission: $15.00

TCSPP Alumni, can find discount codes for this program by registering here

TCSPP Faculty and Staff: $15.00

TCSPP Faculty and Staff can find discount codes for this program by registering here

Student Admission: Free

Current TCSPP Students, with school email address, can access this program for free by registering here


1. Racial Disproportionality and Disparity in Child Welfare. (2016). Retrieved from

2. Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse: Training for Mandated Reporters. (2019). Retrieved from

3. Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect (2013). Good Practice, Spring/Summer 2013. APA Practice Organization.