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Improving Child Welfare Practice & Policy

The CARES Institute's education and training activities generally fall into four categories:

• Training and education for professionals and foster parents on medical and mental health issues facing children who have been abused or neglected. Click here for more information.

• Training for mental health professionals on the therapy models developed by clinicians at the Institute, including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Combined Parent-Child Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

• Training and education on best practices in the field of child abuse for medical, mental health, child protection and law enforcement professionals. Click here to register for events.

• Training and education for graduate psychology and social work. Click here for more info.

The CARES Institute has a long history of providing expert training on medical and mental health issues involved in child abuse or neglect to many professionals and disciplines. The Institute’s pediatricians regularly provide training to caseworkers at the Division of Child Protection and Permanency, DCP&P (formerly DYFS) and law enforcement officials about the medical indicators of abuse and neglect. The mental health clinicians at the Institute also provide training to DCP&P, law enforcement, schools, parents and foster parents about the traumatic impact of child abuse.The Institute is also dedicated to disseminating evidence-based treatment models and best practices in handling child abuse cases on a local, regional, national and international level. The clinicians provide introductory and advanced clinical training on both the TF-CBT model co-developed by Dr. Esther Deblinger, and the Combined Parent-Child CBT model co-developed by Dr. Melissa Runyon.

The Institute also helps to improve the quality of services provided to children who have suffered abuse and neglect by educating professionals about best practices in diagnosis and treatment. The Institute holds the Annual Statewide Best Practice Symposium, and the Experts in Child Abuse and Neglect Lecture Series each year that bring internationally-recognized experts in the field of child abuse and neglect to New Jersey.

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