Child Abuse: Identification & Intervention Tools for the Clinician
This resource page is part of an online course
Child Abuse In Psychotherapy, Counseling & Nursing: Assessment & Reporting
Resources For Patients & the General Public
A comprehensive Bibliography and Reference list for use by the general public
Yes, I Can
Children's Bureau of Southern California: 323-953-7356
Agencies which are available to assist, should you have concerns of child abuse or child maltreatment
FOR THE CHILD
Family Service Agencies:
Children's Institute International: 323-385-5100 / 310-783-4677
Laura's House (San Clemente, CA): 949-361-3775
Sarah Center (Long Beach CA): 310-427-7671
Parents Anonymous: 213-388-6685/800-352-0386
(self-help group for parents who have been or are potentially abusive)
Parents United: 408-453-7616
(Self-help groups for incested or sexually-abusive families with groups for the offender, children and non-offending parent)
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Resources For Clinicians
American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC)
Free online Mandated Reporter Training in California
State by state listing of hotlines to report child abuse
More information on preventing child abuse and strengthening communities
More information on working with Native American families and communities in child abuse and neglect issues
Child Abuse Reporting Telephone Numbers:
Los Angeles County (Child Abuse Hotline): 800-540-4000
Orange County, CA (Child Abuse Registry) 714-938-0505
ChildHelp USA 800-4ACHILD
Associations & Resources for Clinicians:
CA Consortium for the Prevention of Child Abuse: 916-648-8010
Child Sexual Abuse Network: 714-564-0805
InterAgency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (ICAN): 818-575-4362
Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center: 714-KID-4333
Comprehensive Child Sexual Abuse Assessment and Treatment Centers:
Child Abuse Service Team (CAST) (Orange, CA): 714-935-6390
Stuart House (Santa Monica, CA): 310-319-4248
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Mandatory Reporting Laws
California's AB1775 (2014)
California’s 2014 highly controversial law, AB1775, requires psychotherapists, counselors and other mental health professionals to report if a patient has knowingly downloaded, streamed, or even simply accessed (that is, viewed) an electronic or digital image in which anyone under 18 "is engaged in an act of obscene sexual conduct." That’s any image that lacks "scientific, literary, artistic, or political" value. Learn more about CA AB1775
Critique and Important Concerns about AB1775
Extensive resources by NATIONAL CENTER FOR PROSECUTION OF CHILD ABUSE on Child Abuse, Child Neglect, User of Anatomical Dolls, Child Witness, Children in Cars and much more
See above for 2014 CA controversial law, AB1775, regarding mandate reporting of clients who view child porn.
According to the CPA Notices in September, 2011:
Mandated Child Abuse Reports are only required if the victim of abuse is still a minor:
If an adult reports to a psychologist that they were abused as a child, no child abuse report is mandated. The California Attorney General's office has stated that, "The express language of the reporting law strongly suggests that the Legislature contemplated that a report is required only if the victim of the abuse is still a child."
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