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Paper: Guidelines for Recognizing and Providing Care for: Victims of Child Abuse
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Author(s): Cynthia L. Potter, PT, MS, DPT, PCS


$12.95 Member | $22 Nonmember (fee subject to change-plus shipping & handling)

0.2 CEUs (2.0 contact hours/CCUs) will be awarded upon successful completion of a multiple choice test. You must pass the online posttest with a score of 70% or greater to successfully complete this course.
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Basic to Intermediate
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Home Study Course—Paperbased course content from APTA and Cynthia L. Potter. This content features in-depth information on evaluation and intervention strategies. Included in this course are reproducible documentation forms and patient resources, plus the opportunity to earn continuing education credits.

Cover:Soft Cover Booket; Pages: 33; ISBN: 978-1-931369-02-2, 2005


Overview | Objectives | Presenters Bios | CEU Information | Course Completion Requirements |

Child abuse and neglect are major public health concerns of ever-increasing scope and severity. Physical therapists must recognize that at least a portion of their pediatric patients experience physical, emotional, or sexual abuse or neglect, and should be alert to the signs. APTA's guidelines, updated this year, give a needed background on the issue and the role that physical therapists have in identifying, treating and advocating for children who are abused.


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At the conclusion of the program, you will be able to:

  • Identify signs and symptoms of child physical, emotional and sexual abuse and neglect.
  • Understand how to inquire about suspected or potential abuse.
  • Protect the public from unethical, incompetent, and illegal acts.
  • Comply with laws and regulations governing the practice of physical therapy.

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Presenter(s) Bios
  Cynthia L. Potter, PT, MS, DPT, PCS, is a professor of Physical Therapy in the professional program at Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. She is also a guest researcher at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden and serves as a adjunct faculty member in the post-professional program at Krannert Physical Therapy School, University of Indianapolis. She recieved a BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Pennsylvania in 1975, Master of Arts in Physical Therapy in 1981 and Doctor of Philosophy in 1990 from The University of Iowa. Two post-doctoral fellowships: summer 1996 technology fellowship at the US West Academic Development and Technology Center; and, academic year 1997-98 motor control fellowship at the Karolinska Institute. Clinical practice full-time for nearly 18 years and presently continuing on a part-time and consultation level. Teaching part time since 1978 and full time since 1992. Research activities since the late 1970's. Active in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM). Past APTA Section on Pediatrics President, 1996-2000. Past recipient of the AACPDM Richmond Cerebral Palsy Center Award, 1984. Recent Section on Pediatrics Research Award Recipient.

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CEU Information

On successful completion of the examination, 0.2 CEUs (2.0 contact hours/CCUs) and a certificate of completion will be awarded. The American Physical Therapy Association has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102. Provider (#380).

Many state agencies recognize APTA as a recognized or approved provider for continuing education. The following state agencies have granted prior approval for this continuing education offering:

  • California Physical Therapy Association: CPTA2014-2015
  • Ohio State Board of Physical Therapy: Denied
  • Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure & Supervision: 2 Category B Hours
  • Texas Physical Therapy Association:1609016TX
  • Nevada Board of Physical Therapy Examiners: 0.2 Units
  • Pennsylvania: Approved - 1 DA

Please note: Licensees should verify with their state licensing board for acceptance of continuing education units by reviewing the relevant state practice act and/or administrative code.

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Course Completion Requirements

You will receive a soft cover booklet in the mail, which contains all the required reading in order to complete this course for CEU credit. After you've completed all lessons, you will return to your My Courses page on the APTA Learning Center Web site on the APTA Learning Center Web site to take the online posttest and print your CEU certificate. You must pass the online posttest with a score of 70% or greater to successfully complete this course.

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