The Moral Distress and Courage of Mandated Reporters 

Presented by Sara Golomb, PhD, Associate Professor Applied Clinical Psychology Department 

October 20, 2022

12:00-1:00pm PT / 2:oopm-3:00pm CT / 3:00pm-4:00pm ET

This program, when attended in its entirety, offers 1.0 CEs for Psychologists, 1.0 IL CEUs for LPCCs and LPSWs, and 1.0 BBS California CEUs for LPCCs, LPSW, and LMFTs.

Event held online via Zoom.

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Workshop Description:

The workshop will focus on key influences behind the role of a mandated reporter. The historical and current legal and ethical foundations will be reviewed to solidify the importance of the understanding of those who serve – or will serve – in this role. The most commonly cited barriers to reporting will be discussed and processed, allowing participants an opportunity to reflect on their own previous behavior as well as prepare themselves for future challenges they will likely encounter. Finally, in an effort to begin developing strategies of self-support, example quick reference resource guides and editable example checklists will be shared in conjunction with suggested action steps and potential timeframes.   

Throughout the session, the participants will be able to actively engage by reviewing various scenarios and providing responses to single question poll items to determine whether or not the fact pattern presents a situation that would require a report. Furthermore, the participants will have opportunities to reflect on their own experiences and will be afforded time for brief sharing. These reflections and discussion are intended to form the basis for each participant’s individual needs assessment such that they may develop their action plan in a way that is uniquely tailored and meaningful. 

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Understand and reference the legal and ethical foundations supporting the role of a mandated reporter 

  2. Identify and process the most common barriers to compliance with the mandate to report abuse and neglect 

  3. to develop strategies of self-support to manage the distress that arises from taking on the role of a mandated reporter  

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 influence psychological practice, education, or research

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


The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), 42 U.S.C. 67, sections 5101-5116i 


2021 California Penal Code Part 4, Title 1, Chapter 2, Article 2.5 Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act sections 1164 – 11174.3 


Child Welfare Information Gateway (2014). Penalties for failure to report and false reporting of child abuse and neglect. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau. 


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families, Administra¬tion on Children, Youth and Families, Children’s Bureau. (2016). Child Maltreatment 2014. Retrieved from Child Maltreatment 2014 ( 


Target Audience: Therapists, coaches, frontline staff.

Psychologists. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 1.0 continuing education credits. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to [email protected]. There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest.

MFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs. Course meets the qualifications for 1.0 hour of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. If you are licensed outside of California please check with your local licensing agency to to determine if they will accept these CEUs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to offer continuing education programming for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is an accredited or approved postsecondary institution that meets the requirements set forth in Sections 4980.54(f)(1), 4989.34, 4996.22(d)(1), or 4999.76(d) of the Code.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to provide continuing education programming for counselors and clinical counselors  (License Number: 197.000159) and social workers (License Number: 159.001036). 

Participation Certificate. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is able to provide students and other participants who simply wish to have documentation of their attendance at the program a participation certificate.

Non Psychologists. Most licensing boards accept Continuing Education Credits sponsored by the American Psychological Association but non-psychologists are recommended to consult with their specific state-licensing board to ensure that APA-sponsored CE is acceptable.

*Participants must attend 100% of the program in order to obtain a Certificate of Attendance.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.