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Chronic Child Neglect 2CE
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(Some Boards distinguish between general CEs and other types.  Please review your specific state requirements to learn more.)

Course Description

This course requires the Participant to read and understand the attached article pertaining to chronic child neglect.  Although there is no universal definition, chronic neglect can be defined as a parent or caregiver’s ongoing, serious pattern of deprivation of a child’s basic physical, developmental and/or emotional needs for healthy growth and development.  As compared to children who are in imminent danger or who experience egregious harm at the hands of their parents or caregivers, chronic child neglect is more pervasive, less visible and more difficult to remedy. 


In Chronic Child Neglect, Participants will become familiar with the concept of chronic neglect.  Next, Participants will consider the scope of the problem.  Additionally, Participants will learn about family qualities that are associated with chronic neglect.  Also, Participants will assess the impact that chronic neglect has on children and society.  Next, Participants will examine treatment endeavors unique to assisting families plagued with chronic neglect.  Additionally, Participants will become familiar with chronic neglect casework intake; engagement; assessment; case planning and intervention; and case closure and beyond.  Also, Participants will explore the competencies and responsibilities of caseworkers and supervisors specializing in chronic neglect and will also look at significant aspects of specialized training.  Next, Participants will consider a framework for addressing chronicity and will also look at integrated approaches along the child welfare continuum.  Finally, Participants will conclude by learning about two examples of promising interventions and evidence-informed programs: Minnesota and the Family Asset Builder and Missouri and the Chronic Neglect Worker.


This course is intended to provide child welfare professionals, mental health professionals and social workers with an overview of chronic child neglect.

Approved by the Following State Boards:
  • Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Counseling, and Mental Health Counseling (CE Broker #50-23449)

  • Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (License #197.000302)

  • Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board (CE Broker #50-23449)

  • South Carolina Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Addiction Counselors, and Psycho-Educational Specialists (CE Broker #50-23449)

Learning Objectives
  • To understand chronic neglect

  • To be familiar with the scope of chronic neglect

  • To be aware of the impact on children and society

  • To identify practice principles for treating families experiencing chronic neglect

  • To explore chronic neglect casework

  • To consider competencies and training of chronic neglect caseworkers and supervisors

  • To explore specialized training 

  • To be aware of the implications for child welfare organizations

  • To be familiar with examples of promising interventions and evidence-informed programs

  • Read Chronic Child Neglect. Child Welfare Information Gateway. Available online at 


You will be expected to review all materials provided and pass the poset-test with a minimum of 70%, in order to receive your certificate of completion.  You will also be required to complete a course evaluation.  Once you have satisfactorily completed the post-test and submitted your evaluation, your certificate will be emailed to you.

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