Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse

WHEN: Friday, September 29, 2017               
TIME: 9:00am-10:30am                                                                                                                                           
COST:$35 per person                                                                                                                                       WHERE: 5601 Democracy Drive, Plano TX
CEU: 1.5 CEU credit hr  (LPC, LMFT or LCSW hours)

About the training: This presentation highlights the different types of child abuse, signs and symptoms to look for and more importantly what a mandated reporter’s obligation is to report abuse according to the Texas Family Code. It will also review how to handle a disclosure and how to make  a report.

About the presenter: Ray Lara is an Education Specialist at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC.) In 2005 Ray began his career in child protection working for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Ray then transitioned to the DCAC where he worked as a Bilingual Forensic Interviewer and Multi-Disciplinary Team Coordinator. With over 10 years of professional experience, Ray has interviewed over one-thousand children and continues to provide expert witness testimony in both civil and criminal cases. Now, as an Education Specialist, Ray serves as a liaison for child-serving organizations at it relates to mandated reporter training, child protection policies and child abuse awareness training for staff, volunteers, community members and children.

Ray earned his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of North Texas. He has also completed formal training on Forensic Interviewing through the Child Advocacy Centers of Texas in Austin.