Psychology: Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome), Updated 1st Edition

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Release Date: April 11, 2017
Expiration Date: April 13, 2022

Child abuse and neglect continue to be significant problems in the United States. This basic-level course details how clinicians can identify and intervene in cases of suspected pediatric abusive head trauma (PAHT), commonly referred to as shaken baby syndrome. The course discusses the common reasons for PAHT, including community and societal factors, and describes triggers that can prompt caregivers to abuse children. Participants will learn about the evaluation of a child suspected of having PAHT, which entails obtaining a history, looking for common identifying injuries, conducting a physical assessment, and ordering diagnostic testing.

Social Workers completing this course receive 2 clinical social work continuing education credits.

Kentucky Social Workers: This course fulfills your Recognition and Prevention of Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma continuing education requirement.

New Jersey Social Workers - Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome), Updated 1st Edition, Course #2958, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Elite Professional Education, LLC. as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 03/17/2020 - 03/17/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 2 General Social Work Practice continuing education credits.

New York Social Workers - This course does NOT meet the NY Social Work Board's criteria for acceptable continuing education.

Psychologists will receive 2 CE credits upon successfully completing this course. 

Course Objectives

  • Describe the current definitions and prevalence of pediatric abusive head trauma (PAHT).
  • Identify anatomical features of infants and young children that make them susceptible to significant head injuries.
  • Discuss common perpetrator characteristics and the most common reasons that PAHT occurs.
  • Identify the most common injuries associated with PAHT and the possible long-term consequences of PAHT.
  • Describe keys elements in recognizing, assessing, and treating an infant or child for suspected PAHT.
  • Describe how healthcare and behavioral healthcare professionals can increase identification, awareness, and prevention of PAHT.

About the Author(s)

Anita Carroll, RN, MSN, EdD, has taught at all levels of professional nursing for more than 32 years and has served as a director of associate's and master's degree nursing programs. She most recently taught in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at West Texas AandM University in Canyon, Texas. She has taught didactic/clinical courses in the nursing areas of maternal-newborn, pediatrics, high-risk neonatal, pharmacology, health assessment, community, fundamentals, research, curriculum development, and public policy.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Elite Healthcare ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Elite Healthcare's policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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