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  • Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assisting
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
  • Frank P. Cervone, JD, MA
  • Meghan E. Johnson, MPH
  • Erin E. Coltrera, LSW, MSSP
Item#: L0882
Contents: 1 Course Book (50 pages)
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Pennsylvania Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting, 2nd Edition

Price $19.95
Item # L0882
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: May 22, 2017

Expiration Date: May 22, 2020

This course offers an overview of the historically evolving role of mandated reporters and a description of child welfare services in Pennsylvania. It provides provides dental professionals with details of the legal requirements imposed on mandated reporters of child abuse. The course defines the statutory (legal) components of child abuse, including what does and does not constitute child abuse. The course outlines the provisions and responsibilities for reporting such abuse by distinguishing between individuals designated as “mandatory reporters” and those deemed to be “permissive reporters.” Clear instructions are provided for navigating the reporting process, and the ways in which reporters are protected under the law are outlined. Lastly, the course details the indicators essential to recognizing abuse. Human trafficking is also addressed, including child labor trafficking and sex trafficking, and the risk factors and warning signs for both. The course provides dental professionals in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with the knowledge and tools they need to fulfill their legal responsibility to report suspected child abuse.

This course fulfills the requirement that all Pennsylvania dental professionals complete 2 hours of Board-approved continuing education in child abuse recognition and reporting requirements as a condition of their license renewal. 


Pennsylvania - Pre-approved by the PA Dept. of Public Welfare and the PA Dept. of Professional & Occupational Affairs to fulfill the 2 hour child abuse recognition and reporting CE requirement.

NOTE: In order to submit your course completion record to the Pennsylvania Department of State, the name on your account MUST be an exact match to the name on your license. If the name that appears on your account is different, please call 1-800-953-8731 to have your account updated.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the evolution of child protection legislation in the United States.
  • Describe the child welfare system in Pennsylvania.
  • Identify the components and categories of child abuse as defined by Pennsylvania law.
  • Describe the provisions and responsibilities for reporting suspected child abuse in Pennsylvania.
  • Recognize the indicators of child abuse.


Frank P. Cervone, JD, MA, has been the executive director of the Support Center for Child Advocates – the oldest and largest U.S. program dedicated to providing free legal and social services for abused and neglected children – since 1992. He served on the Board of the Children’s Trust Fund of Pennsylvania for 10 years, and has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance since 1992. From 1998 to 2011, Mr. Cervone was a member of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation Children’s Rights Litigation Committee Working Group. He received a master’s degree in theology and ministry from La Salle University and a juris doctor degree from Villanova University School of Law. He has authored scholarly publications as well as articles in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia newspapers concerning the rights and protection of children and youth. Mr. Cervone has received many awards in recognition of his legal expertise and public service.

Meghan E. Johnson, MPH, is the project manager of the Center for Excellence in Advocacy at the Support Center for Child Advocates in Philadelphia. In this capacity, she develops, coordinates, and delivers advanced training programs to victim service providers and legal professionals throughout Pennsylvania. Previously she served as a program coordinator for the New Jersey chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, where her work involved developing, coordinating, and delivering training programs focused on evidence-based practices for evaluating and reporting suspected child abuse and neglect cases for pediatric healthcare providers, medical residents, emergency medical technicians, school nurses, and early intervention providers. Ms. Johnson received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Notre Dame, with a minor in public policy through the University’s Hesburgh Program in Public Service. She received her master’s degree in public health from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Erin E. Coltrera, LSW, MSSP, is the project manager of Project PROTECT (Philadelphia Response and Outreach To End Child Trafficking) at the Support Center for Child Advocates in Philadelphia. Project PROTECT takes a four-pronged approach to meeting the challenges faced by youth who have experienced trafficking, including the development of a tailored model of representation, a focus on local resource development, research on macro-level advocacy avenues, and analysis of existing prevention programs. In addition to her program work, Ms. Coltrera specializes in the representation of clients with histories of trafficking and exploitation. Ms. Coltrera received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Washington and Lee University. She received a master’s degree in social work and a master of science in social policy from the University of Pennsylvania, where she received the Carol Wilson-Spigner Award for Social Policy Excellence.


  • 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.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • 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.