Updated Considerations for Mandated Reporting

  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Thursday, April 28, 2022
  • 2 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
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Learners' Own Words

"I want this training for my whole organization!"

"Thank you - this was such an amazing training. This supportive and deeper dive into how we consider the role of CPS and how best to serve children and families is appreciated and needed."

"This training has opened up my eyes even more on this issue and process."

Your Training Description

Mandated reporting laws protect youth from neglect or abuse. Youth workers generally must report when they have a 'reasonable suspicion’ of abuse. But that standard lacks clarity, leading to overreporting. Ethically, you should also weigh factors like poverty and racial inequity to guide your decision-making. This training addresses the ethical and legal aspects of fulfilling your duty to ensure the safety and well-being of young people.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Summarize the statutory requirements of mandated reporters
  • Examine the importance of “reasonable belief” and decision-making models in the reporting process
  • Assess the role of the reporter in connection to consequences for families involved in the child welfare system
  • Analyze the connection of mandated reporting with personal biases, parenting norms, racial disparities, and systemic issues
  • Apply evidenced-based strategies as alternatives to mandated reporting when appropriate

Your Trainers

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Katie Olson is the Director of Training in the Institute to Transform Child Protection at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Katie develops and implements training curricula focused on mandatory reporting, trauma and resiliency in legal systems, parent representation, the Indian Child Welfare Act, and practical skills for professionals in child welfare and related fields. She is also an adjunct faculty, teaching courses focusing on the constitutional rights of families and the ethics of trauma-responsive legal advocacy. Katie is a volunteer attorney with the Children’s Law Center of Minnesota, representing children in foster care in their child protection cases. Previously, Katie was an Education Specialist at the Minnesota Department of Education, where she investigated reports of maltreatment in MN public schools and served as the program’s training coordinator. Katie has worked as a judicial law clerk, family law attorney, youth program director, family advocate, and PCA.

Katie received her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago and completed her undergraduate work in family social science and family violence prevention at the University of Minnesota.

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Miriam Itzkowitz is the Director of Trauma-Informed Care for the Institute to Transform Child Protection at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. In this role, Miriam develops and trains on best practices at the intersection of legal services and trauma-responsive care. She also serves as the social work supervisor for graduate social work students to link theory and practice and to serve the clients represented through ITCP Child Protection Clinic. Miriam has clinical experience counseling adults and adolescents in clinical, home, and school settings. In her private practice, Miriam uses an eclectic approach to individual and couples therapy, incorporating cognitive, creative, and holistic techniques to assist clients in sustaining authentic identities, coping with difficulties, and overcoming trauma. Miriam is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of St. Thomas School of Social Work. She received her BA from Grinnell College and her MSW from the University of Minnesota School of Social Work.

Your Competency Focus Area


Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around a broad framework of eight youth work competencies. The competency focus of this training is: ETHICS.

Reinforce your responsibility to adhere to guidelines for professional behavior, role model self-management, and set and maintain healthy boundaries.

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