Child and Dependent Adult Abuse Mandatory Reporter Training

Des Moines, IA US
May 25, 2016

In 2013, the Department of Human Services reported 11,637 children in Iowa were the subject of abuse or neglect. 84% of adult (65+) abuse cases go unreported and 40% of all elder abuse involves some form of financial exploitation.

This educational activity will describe various types of child and adult abuse and neglect, identify clinical findings that indicate abuse, and provide local resources of how and when to report. The curriculum will utilize current resources from the Iowa Department of Human Services: Child Abuse: A Guide for Mandatory Reporters and/or Dependent Adult Abuse: A Guide for Mandatory Reporters and meets the requirements of 232.69(5) and Iowa Code Section 235B in the identification and reporting of child and dependent adult abuse. Utilized approved curriculum #495 valid from October 28, 2014 – October 28, 2017.

Target Audience

DMU students.


  1. Identify when they need to make a mandatory report and who is a mandatory reporter. 
  2. List the ten categories of child abuse and the five categories of dependent adult abuse. 
  3. Describe the required information needed, how to make a report, the timelines involved in reporting and possible consequences to not reporting. 
  4. State the issues around confidentiality, how that applies to reporting and any immunity they have within the code. 
  5. Recognize physical and behavioral signs of abuse. 



Gladys Noll Alvarez, LISW
Trauma Informed Care Project Coordinator, Orchard Place/Child Guidance Center

Gladys Noll Alvarez, LISW has worked at the Orchard Place Child Guidance Center since 1985 when she received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Iowa. She began her career working with youth and families at risk in 1976 when she was a counselor with the Upward Bound program at Coe College. She has worked with victims of sexual abuse in individual, family and group therapy and is the co-founder of the Young Children’s Sexual Abuse Treatment Group at the Child Guidance Center. She is the recipient of the Al Shutlte Award in 2000, the Voices for Children Award in 2008 and the Michelle A. Moore Award in 2012.

In her current role as the Trauma Informed Care Project Coordinator, Ms. Alvarez works to educate the larger system on the importance of changing the question from “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?”. She coordinates the work of the Trauma Informed Care Stakeholders group and provides in-service trainings to Orchard Place and the community while still maintaining an active case load of trauma clients.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 3.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
05/25/2016 - 2:00pm CDT
Event ends: 
05/25/2016 - 5:00pm CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Student Education Center Auditorium
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

Available Credit

  • 3.00 CE Contact Hour(s)


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