Child Abuse Mandated Reporting Training Scheduled for Oct. 20 at Southeast

dempsterCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 10, 2005 – A free two-hour training session titled “A Guide for Mandated Reporters: Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse” is planned for Oct. 20 at Southeast Missouri State University.

Mandated Reporters are adults who work with children and families, including teachers, social workers, administrators, child and family practitioners, medical professionals or law enforcement.

The course is designed to help mandated reporters recognize children at risk for abuse as well as instruct them on what to do if abuse is suspected.

Sessions are planned for 8-10 a.m., 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1-3 p.m., 3:30-5:30 p.m., and 6-8 p.m. All sessions will be held in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall.

Instructors will be Leasa Stone, who has 15 years experience as a pediatric nurse; Tammy Gwaltney, executive director of The Southeast Missouri Network Against Sexual Violence; and Pam Rampley, a retired kindergarten teacher with more than 25 years experience in educating children and families. Rampley is beginning her second year in schools educating children about child abuse through The Green Bear Program.

The training is presented by The Southeast Missouri Network Against Sexual Violence (SEMO NASV), The Green Bear Organization, Southeast’s Department of Human Environmental Studies and the College of Health and Human Services at Southeast Missouri State University. The program has been approved for contact and continuing education hours.  To reserve a seat, call (573) 651-2109.