Understanding Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma


Credits: 1.50
Type: Recorded asynchronous distance

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Pursuant to legislation passed in the 2010 Kentucky General Assembly, training on the recognition and prevention of Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma (aka shaken baby syndrome) is mandated for many professionals including certified and licensed social workers. The training is intended to assist in preventing Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma by providing information on risk factors, diagnostic indicators and strategies for soothing a crying infant. Additionally, attendees will learn strategies for working with families in various capacities as a tool for the prevention of Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma.

Delivery Method

This course consists of a recorded video and posttest.

Course Level

This course is geared for professionals at the basic, intermediate, advanced and clinical levels

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Review statistics to gain a clear picture of the prevalence of Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma.
  • Define and describe Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma and its associated injuries.
  • Describe the anatomy of the infant head and brain.
  • Review the range of outcomes for victims of Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma.
  • Identify risk factors associated with Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma.
  • Identify specific strategies for awareness and prevention of Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma when working in clinical and general social work settings.


The University of Kentucky College of Social Work, ACE Approval #1377, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The UK College of Social Work maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period 9/29/2022 – 9/29/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 1.5 general continuing education credits.

This course is also approved for 1.5 continuing education hours by the Kentucky Board of Social Work, the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology, the Kentucky Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board, and the Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board.

Continuing education licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. We recommend you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. To review state specific/jurisdictional continuing education requirements, go here https://www.aswb.org/ace/ace-jurisdiction-map/.

How to Claim Credit

To receive credit for this course, you must view/complete the entire course, pass the related post-test, and submit a completed course evaluation. If your score is less than the passing score of 75%, you may retake the test. Your certificate will become available for an automatic download once all of the requirements are complete.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Online courses cannot be cancelled and refunds are not available.


If you have any questions regarding this course, need assistance registering for it, or experience any technical difficulties with completing it, please contact Chris Dennison at christopher.dennison@uky.edu or at (859) 257-2035.