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This program on the legal and ethical implications of child sexual abuse will increase the professional counselor’s 1) Knowledge of the criminal and civil legal considerations pertaining to child sexual abuse, 2) Skill to formulate a reasonable suspicion that child sexual abuse has occurred, and 3) Awareness of the personal and professional characteristics associated with accurately identifying and reporting child sexual abuse and the moral obligation of a mandated reporter.

9/20/2017
When: Wednesday, September 20, 2017
2:00-3:00 PM EDT
Where: Online
United States
Contact: Webinar Coordinator

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Child Sexual Abuse: Legal and Ethical Implications

Dr. Richard Joseph Behun, Assistant Professor of Counseling, Marywood University
Dr. Eric W. Owens, Associate Professor of Counselor Education and Graduate Program Coordinator, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Julie A. Cerrito, Assistant Professor and Director of the School Counseling Program, The University of Scranton

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
2:00-3:00 PM EDT

Registration for the live webinar is now closed. If you are unable to attend the live webinar, you may access the recorded webinar for an NBCC-approved clock hour as well; it will be posted on the Recorded Webinars page within 72 hours after the live event.

This program on the legal and ethical implications of child sexual abuse will increase the professional counselor’s:
1) KNOWLEDGE of the criminal and civil legal considerations pertaining to child sexual abuse;
2) SKILL to formulate a reasonable suspicion that child sexual abuse has occurred;
3) AWARENESS of the personal and professional characteristics associated with accurately identifying and reporting child sexual abuse and the moral obligation of a mandated reporter.

Joe Behun

Richard Joseph Behun, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Dr. Behun is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor, and is a certified PK-12 school counselor. Dr. Behun holds a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision and has earned master’s degrees in Education Law, School Counseling, and School Administration. He has extensive experience working with middle and high school students who have experienced trauma in his previous positions as a professional school counselor and high school principal. Dr. Behun conducts research and lectures in the areas of child sexual abuse, mandated reporting law, and civil liability for counselors.


Eric W. Owens, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Chairperson in the Department of Counselor Education at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Owens is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Nationally Certified Counselor, an Approved Clinical Supervisor, and is a certified school counselor. He has worked extensively with students in crisis in higher education and K-12 settings, and in addition to his work as a faculty member, Dr. Owens works in private practice. Here he specializes in work with children, adolescents, and young adults who have survived traumatic experiences or are in crisis. Dr. Owens has written and presented at the state, regional, and national levels on issues related to trauma-focused counseling and crisis intervention and in this work has provided training to counselors, teachers, and non-profit organizations on issues related to childhood sexual abuse.


Julie A. Cerrito, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor and Director of the School Counseling Program at The University of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Dr. Cerrito is a National Certified Counselor and National Certified School Counselor. She earned a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Cerrito has over a decade of experience working with children and adolescents as a professional school counselor in the public school system. Over the course of her career, she has attained vast experience counseling students who have endured traumatic events. She has conducted research and presented at the state, regional, and national level regarding the topic of recognizing and reporting child abuse and the implications for school counselors who work with abused children.

CSI Webinars are free to active members and $39 for guests.

If you are unable to attend the live webinar, you may access the recorded webinar for an NBCC-approved clock hour as well; it will be posted on the Recorded Webinars page within 72 hours after the live event.

Views expressed by presenters and participants during the webinars and in webinar PowerPoints and other handouts do not necessarily represent the views of Chi Sigma Iota International.

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