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  • Psychology
  • Social Work
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
Author(s): Anita Carroll, RN, MSN, EdD
Peer Reviewer(s): Carroll M. Rottmund, RN, BSN, CCRN, CLNC, CMI
Item#: B4248
Contents: 1 Course Book (48 pages)

Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome), Updated 1st Edition

Price $19.95
Item # B4248
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: April 13, 2017

Expiration Date: April, 13, 2020

Child abuse and neglect continue to be significant problems in the United States. This basic-level course details how clinicians can identify and intervene in cases of suspected pediatric abusive head trauma (PAHT), commonly referred to as shaken baby syndrome. The course discusses the common reasons for PAHT, including community and societal factors, and describes triggers that can prompt caregivers to abuse children. Participants will learn about the evaluation of a child suspected of having PAHT, which entails obtaining a history, looking for common identifying injuries, conducting a physical assessment, and ordering diagnostic testing. Management of the victim is discussed, including treatment and interventions. The course describes ways to reduce PAHT, which include identifying child maltreatment and increasing awareness of PAHT. The discussion of child abuse prevention includes parental and caregiver education and community outreach. Mandatory reporting and documentation are discussed, and examples of evidence-based programs, such as nurse-family partnerships, are presented. This course is for social workers, psychologists, and other professionals who work with children and families.


  • Social Workers participating in this course will receive 2 (clinical) continuing education clock hours upon successful course completion. Accreditations 
  • Psychologists will receive 2 CE credits upon successfully completing this course. APA Approval

Kentucky Social Workers: This course fulfills your Recognition and Prevention of Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma continuing education requirement.

New Jersey Social Workers – This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards - ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #52 Course #1862 from 05/03/2018 to 05/03/2020. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): General Social Work Practice 2

 New York Social Workers - This course does NOT meet the NY Social Work Board's criteria for acceptable continuing education.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the current definitions and prevalence of pediatric abusive head trauma (PAHT).
  • Identify anatomical features of infants and young children that make them susceptible to significant head injuries.
  • Discuss common perpetrator characteristics and the most common reasons that PAHT occurs.
  • Identify the most common injuries associated with PAHT and the possible long-term consequences of PAHT.
  • Describe keys elements in recognizing, assessing, and treating an infant or child for suspected PAHT.
  • Describe how healthcare and behavioral healthcare professionals can increase identification, awareness, and prevention of PAHT.


Anita Carroll, RN, MSN, EdD, has taught at all levels of professional nursing for more than 32 years and has served as a director of associate’s and master’s degree nursing programs. She most recently taught in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. She has taught didactic/clinical courses in the nursing areas of maternal-newborn, pediatrics, high-risk neonatal, pharmacology, health assessment, community, fundamentals, research, curriculum development, and public policy. She served as Clinical Faculty/Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Department of Pediatrics, Texas Tech University School of Medicine, Amarillo campus. She has helped develop master’s level tracks, courses for neonatal clinical nurse specialists, and nursing education. She was a childbirth educator for 10 years while implementing a March of Dimes grant. She has presented more than 120 programs in maternal-newborn nursing to community hospital nurses. As a neonatal regional CPR instructor, she certified numerous nurses as neonatal CPR providers and instructors. She received the Texas Nurse of the Year Award from the Texas Nurses Association in 1996 as well as many other teaching awards during her career.


Carroll M. Rottmund, RN, BSN, CCRN, CLNC, CMI, has been a registered nurse for 38 years. She possesses a bachelor of science in nursing and has maintained advanced certification in pediatric critical care, legal nurse consulting, and medicolegal child death investigation. Her nursing experience includes 15 years of pediatric critical care nursing and 2 years in nursing management of a pediatric intensive care unit. She is also a legal nurse consultant and works with the Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, coroner’s office and police jurisdictions investigating infant and child deaths within the county. She serves on a child death review team and on the advisory board of Prevent Child Abuse Pennsylvania, a chartered state chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America of the American Academy of Pediatrics. For the last 7 years, Ms. Rottmund has been one of three Pennsylvania nurse coordinators for the Pennsylvania Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention and Awareness Program, where she is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the Pennsylvania program, serving as a resource for child abuse prevention worldwide and actively participating in child abuse prevention programs on the local, county, state, and national levels. Ms. Rottmund has presented at numerous conferences nationally and internationally and has coauthored a study on abusive head trauma.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.