Specialized Violence: Child Abuse & Neglect

Specialized Violence: Child Abuse & Neglect


1 Hour | 1 CE (CEU)

Program Description

This webinar on Specialized Violence: Child Abuse & Neglect is presented by Dr. Brianne Layden.

Experiencing child maltreatment has long been recognized as a risk factor for myriad adverse outcomes, including personality and interpersonal problems, self- and other-directed violence, psychopathology, and substance use; however, the factors that contribute to the perpetration of child abuse and neglect are far less understood. This webinar provides an overview of different forms and definitions of child abuse and neglect, as well as recent developments in the literature on risk factors for the perpetration of child maltreatment. In particular, perpetrator and child-specific risk factors are discussed, as well as risk factors associated with the family. This webinar also includes a discussion of case examples and utilizes the Child Abuse Risk Evaluation (CARE; Agar, 2003) to illustrate the use of structured professional judgment guidelines for assessing and managing risk for perpetrating child physical abuse and neglect.

Intended Audience

This webinar is intended for professionals that want to enhance their understanding of the CARE including those working in criminal justice, security, health care, social service, education, and human resources settings. This webinar is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

Upon completion of this webinar, participants should be able to:

  • Describe and define various forms of child maltreatment
  • Describe literature on risk factors for perpetrating child maltreatment
  • Describe structured professional judgement guidelines in the assessment and management of risk for engaging in child physical abuse and neglect


About Dr. Brianne Layden

Dr. Brianne Layden obtained BA, MA, and PhD degrees in psychology at Simon Fraser University. She worked with the Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission of British Columbia, Canada, as a psychology assistant, and with the DBT Centre of Vancouver as a clinical extern from 2012 to 2016. She also worked as a Forensic Psychology Fellow at the University of Massachusetts Medical School from 2017 to 2018.

In this position, she was responsible for conducting violence risk assessments and evaluations of criminal responsibility, competence to stand trial and need for psychiatric hospitalization. She currently works as a Threat Assessment Specialist at Protect International Risk and Safety Services Inc., and is the associate editor of Intelligence, an e-newsletter that keeps professionals up to date about recent advances in threat assessment around the globe through knowledge and experiences shared by leading experts.

Her expertise involves the assessment and management of self-directed violence and personality disorders, particularly borderline personality disorder, and intersecting risks (e.g., general and self-directed violence). She has provided training workshops and invited presentations for forensic mental health, law enforcement, corrections, security, victim services and higher education, and has co-authored over 50 articles and conference presentations. She is currently in the process of developing structured professional judgment tools for the assessment and management of self-directed violence for adults and youth.

Webinar Outline

  • Overview of child abuse
  • Developments in literature
  • Discuss CARE and SPJ guidelines

Continuing Education Credit

This Distance Learning Recorded Webinar is a Home Study Training Program. To earn CEs you are required to complete all course materials, quizzes, and the evaluation. No partial credit is available. A score of 70% is required to proceed; you will be able to re-take any quiz on which you score less than 70%. Participants will earn 1 CE hour upon completion of these requirements. Each participant will be able to download and print the CE certificate upon completion of the final evaluation.

Board Approvals: APA, ASWB, CPA, NBCC. Click here for state and other regional board approvals.

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