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Child Physical Abuse Course (CPAC)

This NCAICA course is a 40-hour (5 day) course. Topics of instruction will include:


Day 1: Overview


On the first day, participants will learn about the statistics and framing of child physical abuse. They will address myths and the investigative mindset. The course will also cover adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), child developmental traumas, the trauma experience, and victim psychology.


Day 2: Reporting and Initial Look


On the second day, participants will focus on the reporting and initial look process. They will explore dynamics surrounding initial reporting, forensic medical exams, child care teams, and offender interviewing. The course will also cover power and control tactics, unsupportive and bad family dynamics, and getting into phones, accounts, and homes.

Day 3: Physical Abuse Pathology


On the third day, participants will learn about physical abuse pathology. They will explore abusive head trauma, burns, bones, bellies, and bruises. The course will provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the types of injuries associated with physical abuse.

Day 4: Munchausen and Medical Abuse


On the fourth day, participants will focus on Munchausen and medical abuse. They will explore Munchausen by Proxy, Factitious Disorder, and Medical Child Abuse. The course will also cover trauma-bonding, brainwashing, corroborative evidence searches, records searches, and photography and demonstrative evidence.

Day 5: The Psychology of Abuse


On the final day, participants will learn about the psychology of abuse. They will explore attachment theory, narcissistic personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, histrionic personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, schizotypal personality disorder, avoidant personality disorder, psychopathy, sociopathy, and psychological, sociological, and biological expression of violence.

Overall, this course will provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively investigate cases of child physical abuse. Upon completion of the course, participants will be equipped to make a real impact in supporting victims and holding offenders accountable.

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