This course fulfills the 2 hour requirement for Child Abuse Reporting.
Sexual trauma is a term used to describe unwanted experiences of a sexual nature that contribute to physical or psychological harm. Specific terms under the umbrella of sexual trauma include sexual assault (referring to any sexual contact against someone’s will without consent or when unable to freely give consent) and sexual harassment (unwelcome sexual advances, requests or pressure for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, typically occurring in a work environment). Other commonly used terms include sexual violence, rape, and molestation. Although definitions for these terms vary across academic disciplines and legal jurisdictions, all of these experiences have the potential for negative emotional and physical health consequences. Considering the high prevalence of sexual trauma, it is important that mental health clinicians have an understanding of ways these forms of trauma impact treatment presentation and effective methods for treatment long-term sequela of sexual trauma.
This course is intended to assist clinicians in strengthening their approach to intake assessment. Topics include the full scope of the intake assessment process. Through completion of the course, clinicians will have an increased understanding for what to consider on initial intake paperwork, how to quickly establish rapport, which questions to ask, and how to respond to critical circumstances such as when clients demonstrate altered mental status or risk of harm. Clinicians will also be able to use this information to engage the client in treatment goal setting and to inform treatment planning.