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Home Study: Recognizing & Responding to Child Abuse & Neglect 

04-06-2021 17:26

**Previously Recorded on 3/26/2021 - Not a Live Event**

Recognizing & Responding to Child Abuse & Neglect

As mental health professionals we have a commitment to keeping those we serve safe. Whether we work with children, teens, or adults - knowing how to recognize the signs of abuse is a critical piece of our ethical obligations. Knowing how to respond and support our clients and families through challenging times is also a role we are tasked with. In this presentation, we will cover some of the ways we can identify and respond to signs of abuse, all while supporting clients through challenging times.

1) To identify the behavioral and physical indicators of 4 legally recognized types of child neglect and abuse
2) To identify which groups of children may be at higher risk of experiencing child neglect and/or abuse
3) To identify how to respond appropriately to evidence of child abuse and/or neglect
4) To identify solutions that can reduce the Impact of COVID on child abuse and neglect

About the Presenter, Erica K. Smith, MSW, LCSW:
Erica Smith is a North Carolina native. She received her B.A. in Psychology from UNC Chapel Hill, with a double minor in Social and Economic Justice and African-American studies. Her international volunteer work with survivors of human trafficking in India and local work in a domestic violence agency, led her to pursue her graduate degree. Erica completed her Master of Social Work at North Carolina State University. Her professional background, while including her clinical work, also includes work at multiple non-profit agencies where she worked with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, abuse, and human trafficking. Currently Erica works as a therapist within a group practice, One-Eighty Counseling. There, she primarily works with individuals who have experienced trauma, and/or are experiencing depression, anxiety, PTSD, or other mental health concerns. She practices from a holistic person-centered approach. Erica recognizes that each client is an expert on their own unique human experience, and is grateful for each opportunity to partner with clients to reach the healthy goals they have set for themselves. Erica is an EMDRIA-Certified EMDR therapist but also incorporates her training in DBT and CBT. Erica is a clinical social worker for associate level clinical social workers, and a consultant in training for EMDR therapists. Currently, Erica serves as the Ethics Chair on the board for the North Carolina Society for Clinical Social Work. Outside of work, Erica is an avid baker and when COVID isn’t rampant, an avid traveler. Erica enjoys too much reality television and reading pretty much anything.


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