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Expert in Child Abuse & Neglect Lecture Series: Susan Cohen Esquilin, Ph.D.

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Conference Center At Mercer

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May 14, 2019 Ethical Issues in Providing Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents by Susan Cohen Esquilin, PhD

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The CARES Institute's Expert in Child Abuse and Neglect Lecture Series:

Ethical Issues in Providing Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents

Venue: The Conference Center at Mercer, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, NJ 08550

This program will provide an overview of general ethical principles guiding the work of social workers and related professions. The legal and ethical basis of obtaining consent to treatment, releasing clinical information, and responding to subpoenas will be addressed. The workshop will examine exceptions to confidentiality, with particular attention to work with children and families involved in the child protective system.

Intended audiences: This presentation is intended for child protection workers, law enforcement personnel, attorneys, physicians, nurses, mental health professionals (including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and licensed counselors), and all other disciplines not listed.

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the six overarching ethical principles endorsed by social workers
  2. Describe the difference between consent and assent to treatment
  3. Identify the steps to be taken upon receipt of a subpoena
  4. Produce the criteria for a mandatory child abuse report
  5. Explain the ways in which at least two general ethical principles are relevant in work with children and families involved with DCP&P

Dr. Susan Esquilin is a licensed psychologist, trained in developmental and clinical psychology at the University of Chicago, with a diplomate in clinical psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. She has served on the faculties of Montclair State, Rutgers, and University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ. Dr. Esquilin has testified as an expert in criminal, family court, and civil matters. She was part of a faculty that developed and taught a decade-long course sponsored by Rutgers School of Social Work and the NJ Department of Children and Families that trained psychologists and psychiatrists to function as expert evaluators in child protection matters. Dr. Esquilin has presented at both state and national conferences, and regularly teaches continuing education programs at Rutgers School of Social Work, for the NJ Children’s System of Care through University Behavioral HealthCare in NJ, and for Court Appointed Special Advocates in Essex County. Dr. Esquilin serves on the Model Court Committee in Essex County and is a member of the Equity and Fairness as well as the Child Well-Being Subcommittees. She also serves on the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion for the NJ Psychological Association, is currently President of the Essex-Union County Association of Psychologists, and was named Psychologist of the Year for 2017.

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9:25 AM – Overview of ethics, general ethical principles, role of specific rules and laws, and the relationship of ethics to risk management

10:20 AM – Consent and assent to treatment

10:55 AM – Break

11:00 AM – Confidentiality and privilege

11:40 AM – Ethical issues in child abuse reporting and working with children and families involved with child protective system

12: 30 PM – End of Presentation

Requesting Assistance: If you require assistance with hearing, vision or mobility to make this conference accessible to you, please contact the office at (856) 566-6744 three (3) weeks prior to the conference.

Accreditation: Please contact the CARES Institute at (856) 566-6744 or carestraining@rowan.edu for information about continuing education credits.

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