ISPCAN Short Courses

In coordination with Augeo Academy, ISPCAN is pleased to offer e-learning courses on key topics related to child abuse and neglect. The short courses are all online.  The courses are available FREE to ISPCAN members. Click on the “Go to course” link below each course description, enter your name and email address, and the course will launch.

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Prevention and Early Recognition of Child Sexual Abuse – Presented by Eileen Vizard, Joan van Niekerk, & Arnon Bentovim

Dr. Eileen Vizard, child and adult psychiatrist, describes the background of sexual abusers, the role that parents and professionals can play in prevention and early recognition of abuse, and how to react effectively to early signs. Joan van Niekerk, social worker, explains why it is important that professionals pay attention to boys and men in order to prevent them from becoming sexual abusers, the role that men and boys play in parenthood, and how you as a professional can make a positive contribution to this. Dr. Arnon Bentovim, child and family psychiatrist, explains how, using the seven stages model, you can carry out an adequate assessment, analysis, and intervention when you suspect that a child has been sexually abused and/or is being abused and neglected.  45 minutes.

Communicating about Violence – Presented by Peter Adriaenssens (in English) / (in Dutch with Spanish subtitles)

Talking about violence evokes emotions in yourself and in the other person. During a webinar, Professor Adriaenssens, child and youth psychiatrist, tells about the functioning of the brain during discussions about domestic violence. He illustrates this using various animations and video case studies. You will learn what a good basic attitude is, what interview techniques you can use and how you can utilize the expertise of parents. Questions included in the webinar are, among others: how do you recognize escalating emotions? Which areas of the brain are active during a conversation? Which communication techniques help if emotions obstruct a conversation? What are important aspects of a basic attitude? This course lasts approximately 35 minutes.

The Importance of Medicine in Evaluating Child Sexual Abuse – Presented by Martin Finkel

Dr. Martin Finkel, Professor of Pediatrics and an international authority in the area of the treatment of sexually abused children, will show how you as a doctor can deal professionally with children who have possibly been sexually abused. You will learn how to take an anamnesis (preliminary case history) during a medical examination that results in a great deal of information and is also supportive and therapeutic for children. The course includes an extensive catalog with additional information about the sexual abuse of children and taking the anamnesis of children in these cases. This course lasts approximately 20 minutes.

Multidisciplinary Teams in the Field of Child Abuse and Neglect – Presented by Jenny Gray

Jenny Gray, MSc, OBE, and social worker and former president of ISPCAN, describes the importance of working in multidisciplinary teams when professionals suspect that a child has been abused or ill-treated. You will explain how the rights of the child can be of support, the best way of composing such teams, and which important preconditions play a role. The course includes a catalogue with additional information about working in a multidisciplinary team and lasts approximately 20 minutes.

Residency Training in Child Abuse and Neglect by Howard Dubowitz, MD

As a doctor, you may come into contact with cases of child abuse and you have the responsibility of detecting this abuse. This course offers you guidelines for doing so, including sections on General Knowledge, Screening Questions, and Physical Examination. 2 hours.

Providing Support to Refugee Children

Refugee children have experienced multiple stressful events. In this course, you will learn how you as a teacher can promote refugee children’s natural resilience and contribute to their recovery, including sections on: Chronic Stress and Resilience, Increasing a Sense of Safety, Managing Emotions, Involving Parents, Stimulating Relationships, Managing Behavior, and Taking Care of Children and Yourself. 2 hours.

Long-Term Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences – Presented by Vincent Felliti

In this e-lecture, Dr. Vincent J. Felliti explains everything about his groundbreaking research into the connection between child abuse and health complaints in adulthood such as cancer, heart disease, and depression. 25 minutes.

Child Check for Healthcare Professionals in Hospitals – Presented by Marjon Donkers

In this course, Marjon Donkers, child rights and youth policy consultant, discusses the child check. An example interview shows how the child check is conducted. The questions teach you what the child check involves, why it is important that you carry it out, and how you go about it.

Skin Lesions by Augeo

Children commonly sustain injuries during the course of normal activity and play. But when do we need to be concerned about normal-looking bruises and injuries? This course first reviews the main aspects of child abuse and then focuses on the characteristics of skin lesions often sustained by abuse. 1 hour.

Burn Injuries and Physical Abuse in Children

This course reviews the main aspects of child abuse and then focuses on the physical features of burn injuries most likely sustained by child abuse and neglect.  How to detect norm accidents from abnormal suspected abuse in patterns, severity and types of injuries.  Graphic images included and meant for professional audiences only. 1 hour.

FREE Partner Courses

SOCIAL NORMS, SOCIAL CHANGE by UNICEF and University of Pennsylvania

This is a course on social norms, the rules that glue societies together. It teaches how to diagnose social norms, and how to distinguish them from other social constructs, like customs or conventions. These distinctions are crucial for effective policy interventions aimed to create new, beneficial norms or eliminate harmful ones. The course teaches how to measure social norms and the expectations that support them, and how to decide whether they cause specific behaviors. The course is a joint Penn-UNICEF project, and it includes many examples of norms that sustain behaviors like child marriage, gender violence and sanitation practices.

This is Part 1 of the Social Norms, Social Change series. In these lectures, I introduce all the basic concepts and definitions, such as social expectations and conditional preferences, that help us distinguish between different types of social practices like customs, descriptive norms and social norms. Expectations and preferences can be measured, and these lectures explain how to measure them. Measurement is crucial to understanding the nature of the practice you are facing, as well as whether an intervention was or was not successful, and why.

Resilience in Children Exposed to Trauma, Disaster and War: Global Perspectives by Ann Masten, PhD, LP at the Univ. of Minnesota

How do children overcome hazardous experiences to succeed in life? What can be done to protect young people at risk from trauma, war, disasters, and other adversities? Learn about the importance of fostering resilience in children at risk.

During this course, participants will: learn how trauma can affect children and the systems they depend on, gain insight into core concepts, research methods and lessons learned in last 50 years of resilience research, learn how research is being applied in the real world through interventions that promote resilience, and engage in discussions with others who are working with children at risk around the world Participants are welcome to take the MOOC at no cost or to register for a Course Certificate ($49). Those who register and earn a Course Certificate from Coursera also are eligible to sign up for continuing education clock hours through the University of Minnesota.

Children’s Human Rights- An Interdisciplinary Introduction by Roberta Ruggiero and the Universite de Geneva

Drawing on the contributions of several academic disciplines including law, psychology, sociology, history, educational and health sciences, economy and anthropology, an interdisciplinary approach guides the student into a selection of critical issues concerning children’s rights. Participants will gain insight relative to the development of this specific human rights category, as well as to the evolution of the challenges faced by children over time and society’s efforts to respond. Successful international strategies and programs promoting children’s rights will be highlighted, as well as the role of key actors involved in international organizations working in this field. This open online course provides an overview of the most important features of children’s human rights. A central portion of the MOOC will consist of a presentation of the international and regional standards on children’s rights and the related international and regional judicial and quasi-judicial bodies designed to ensure their implementation.

No prerequisites or specific background is required to register for this MOOC. The course is conceived as an introductory level program, but participants, who wish to deepen their knowledge in the field of children’s rights, or already have some prior knowledge, will have access to additional reading material on a weekly basis. Participants who successfully complete the class activities and final assessment may request for a paid certificate of accomplishment signed by the Instructor and the main professors responsible for the program. However, no credits are awarded.

Child Protection: Child Right’s in Theory and Practice by Harvard University 

Across the world, children are at risk from violence, abuse, exploitation, and neglect. Conflict and natural disasters have forced millions to flee their homes and confront the dangers of migration and displacement. Commercial sexual exploitation and