Each child who has experienced maltreatment goes through their own process of disclosure, and experiences intersecting dynamics and barriers to making a disclosure. There are many misconceptions about how and when children disclose based on adult norms and realities; it’s important that child maltreatment professionals understand the dynamics of child abuse so they can take a holistic approach in educating teams, juries, and other stakeholders on the dimensions of manipulation experienced by the child, their coping mechanisms, and their motivation to disclose or delay their disclosure. This advanced training, suitable for all multidisciplinary professionals, will discuss these dynamics and will offer concrete considerations for MDT professionals, allowing them to better prepare their processes and make informed decisions responsive to the needs of children and the complexities of child abuse.
1. Understand the current landscape of child abuse in the United States with updated and expanded statistics regarding both victimization and perpetration.
2. Explore Summit’s Child Abuse Accommodation Syndrome as a framework of understanding a child’s experience of abuse, to better understand their (sometimes counterintuitive) behaviors, coping mechanisms, and process of disclosure.