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The Effects of Abuse and Neglect on Child Development

  • Participants will have a thorough knowledge of the stages, processes and milestones of normal physical, cognitive, social, sexual, and emotional development of children from birth through adolescence. 

  • Participants will know the potential negative effects of physical abuse, neglect, and sexual abuse on attachment, child development, and functioning; and can identify indicators of delay or developmental problems in children who have been maltreated. 

  • Participants understand how children's behavior problems may be symptoms of underlying developmental delays or emotional disturbance, and how they may also become contributing factors to abuse or neglect. 

  • Participants know how to educate and advise families and caregivers on age- appropriate expectations for children, and can help set realistic expectations for children with developmental challenges resulting from abuse or neglect.

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