Exploring Mandated Reporting through the Lens of Racial & Social Justice

2 CE Credit Live Interactive Webinar Saturday, March 12th, 2022
9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern
Presenter: Kathryn Krase, Ph.D., J.D., M.S.W
Fee: $49

This webinar fulfills some states’ diversity and social justice requirements.  Check with your licensing board.

For those who register and are unable to attend a recording will be made available.

Tokens may not be used with webinars.

Note to psychologists outside of NY and CA: This webinar does not meet APA requirements for CE credits.  For all other professions, live interactive CE credits will be available


For over 50 years, various professionals have been required by law to report suspicions of child maltreatment as “mandated reporters”. More recently, reporting responsibilities have expanded for some to include suspicions of elder abuse. This workshop explores the role of mandated reporting by mental health professionals through the lens of racial & social justice. An exploration of the original intent of mandated reporter laws will be juxtaposed with the evolution of the legal responsibility, and resulting disproportionalities in the current system.  As society grapples with the role that criminal and quasi-criminal systems have played in poor outcomes for communities of color, it is vital that we explore the role that individual reporters play in this process. This workshop will provide a framework for professionals to place their role in context, with the goal of furthering racial and social justice for all.

For those unable to attend, a recording will be available to view at your convenience.  CE credits (though not Live) will be provided after completing the posttest and evaluation.

Target audience: Although this course specifically addresses social workers, it is appropriate for all mental health providers.

Content level: Introductory/Intermediate


Kathryn Krase, Ph.D., J.D., M.S.W., Principal Consultant with Krase Consultant and founder of Making the Tough Call is an expert on the professional reporting of suspected child maltreatment. She has authored multiple books and articles on the subject. She has years of experience consulting with government and community-based organizations to develop policy & practice standards.


Learning objectives:

After attending this webinar, participants will be able to

  • Participants will understand the competing ethical and legal principles at play in the development of mandated reporting laws over time.
  • Participants will be able to explain the contributing factors related to racial disproportionality in the child welfare system.
  • Participants will identify ethical, moral and legal conundrums faced when making the decision to report.
  • Participants will apply a framework to guide the process for considering racial and social justice when determining whether they are required by law to make a report to child or adult protective services.

Webinar outline

1)    Ethical Principles (30 minutes)

  • Introduce ethical principles:
    • Autonomy
    • Beneficence
    • Non-Maleficence
    • Justice
  • Explore the sub-components of “Justice”
    • Social & racial justice
  • Place mandated reporting in the context of ethical responsibilities

2)    Historical Development of Mandated Reporting (20 minutes)

  • Origins of Mandated Reporting in Child Welfare
  • Expansion of Mandated Reporting Beyond Child Welfare
  • Current State of Mandated Reporting
    • Highlighting disproportionate impacts
      • Socioeconomic status
      • Community level factors
      • Racial disproportionality
      • Quasi-criminalization

3)    Explore Roots of Disproportionate Impacts (20 minutes)

  • Macro Level:
    • Civil Rights Movement
    • Neo-liberalism
    • Political Systems
  • Mezzo Level:
    • Community resources
    • Community connections
  • Micro Level:
    • Professionalism
    • Personal lens

4)    Framework for “Just” (as in “Justice”) Reporting (40 minutes)

  • Legal responsibility to report
    • When suspicions are required to be reported & when they are not
    • Challenging legal requirements
    • Abolition movement
  • Evaluating influence of personal lenses to reporting decision
  • Ethical responsibility for just practice
    • Ethical responsibilities when report is made
    • Ethical responsibilities when report is not made
  • Case examples & application of framework

Review & Summarize (10 minutes)

Webinar interaction & system requirements

This live webinar is fully interactive. Attendees may ask and answer questions throughout the presentation and participate in instructor-led polls.

To be eligible for Live CE credits, you must be logged in the entire time. Entry to the webinar will be closed 5 minutes after the scheduled start time.

This webinar will be hosted through Zoom. Upon registration, participants will be emailed a link directly from Zoom that you must use to access the live webinar from any desktop, laptop, tablet, or smart device. The webinar will open 10 minutes prior to start time. It is recommended that you join early to give yourself time to troubleshoot potential connection problems.

Fee $49

Tokens may not be used with webinars.

Course completion & CE info

Course completion requirements: Shortly after the end of the webinar, a link will be sent to the email address you used to register. This link directs you to a site where you can add the webinar course to your Zur Institute account (if you do not have an account, instructions will be provided on how to create one). After adding the course, you will be able to view the webinar recording and handouts, complete the posttest and evaluation, and download your CE certificate. For those wanting to review the recording of the webinar, it will be available within five days of the webinar.

In order to receive Live CE credit hours, you must attend the entire webinar and then complete the post webinar test and evaluation within 30 days of the end of the webinar.

If you pay and either miss part of the webinar or are unable to attend: Don’t worry. You can still obtain CE credits (though not Live) by viewing the recording and taking the post-test and evaluation. You will receive an email notification when the recording is ready for viewing, no later than 5 days after the webinar is over. You have 3 years to complete a home-study course.

NOTE TO PSYCHOLOGISTS: For CA and NY Psychologists this webinar satisfies requirements for live, interactive Continuing Education. For psychologists not licensed in NY or CA, due to APA policies, this webinar does not meet criteria for continuing education.

This webinar satisfies requirements for live CE credits for all professions except psychologists outside California and New York, as noted above. Each state sets its own requirements for licensure, including continuing education requirements, to maintain licensure. Questions about CE requirements for state licensure should be directed to your state board.

Zur Institute has been approved to provide Live CE credits by the following boards:

California Psychologists: Zur Institute (ZUR001) is approved by the California Psychological Associationto provide continuing professional education for psychologists.  Zur Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

Zur Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7144. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Zur Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

New York Psychologists: Zur Institute is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0029.

New York Licensed Psychoanalysts (LPsyAns): Zur Institute is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts #P-0049.

New York Social Workers (LMSWs & LCSWs): Zur Institute SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0081.

New York Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs): Zur Institute is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. #MFT-0006.

New York Mental Health Counselors (LMHCs): Zur Institute is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Mental Health Counselors. #MHC-0007.

Social Workers: Zur Institute, provider #1113, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Zur Institute maintains responsibility for these courses. ACE provider approval period: 6/1/2021-6/1/2024.



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