When Should I Be Concerned About Someone’s Parenting? What Can We Do to Help?
Exploring Case Studies in Child Neglect
We all became mental health professionals for a reason: we want to help.
However, helping can be complicated, especially when it comes to families. It’s
hard to distinguish problematic parenting from child maltreatment. Poverty and
substance use disorders can make it more difficult to evaluate a situation. As
mental health professionals, it is even more complicated, because we’re legally
obligated to report certain suspicions to child protective services. This session
was developed to help you understand the considerations you should make
when you have a concern about someone’s parenting. We’ll explore common
case studies to identify practical strategies for intervention with families that
meet our legal and ethical obligations.