Families of children with different disabilities or chronic health conditions may experience various emotions. Social workers can support these parents if they can recognize the parents’ emotional reactions and respond with support, empathy and education. The World Health Organization defines a disability broadly as impairment in body structure or function, an activity limitation and/or a participation restriction in society. “Chronic illness/condition” and “disability” are terms that are frequently used interchangeably.1 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Maternal Child Health Bureau uses the term “children with special healthcare needs” to describe children who have or are at risk for developing chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions that require services beyond those usually required by children.
The goal of this continuing education program is to familiarize social workers with parental reactions to having a child with special healthcare needs and how to support those parents. After you study the information presented here, you will be able to —
- Describe the concepts of chronic sorrow, transformed parenting and normalization associated with parenting a child with special healthcare needs.
- Identify parents who are more likely to deny a child’s condition for a longer period of time.
- State two types of support a social worker can provide to parents of children with special healthcare needs.
Gannett Education, provider # 1203, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org
, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Gannett Education maintains responsibility for the program. Approval Period: February 15, 2010 to February 15, 2014. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.
Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.0 social work continuing education clock hours.
Gannett Education maintains responsibility for the program.
Course delivery format: Online
Social Work Practice Levels: Advanced
Course Completion Requirements and Awarding Certificate
After reading the presentation, complete the course test online. With a score of 75% or better and completing the evaluation, you may immediately print your CE certificate of completion or save a pdf of it for your records. You may also request a copy to be sent to you by mail. If your score is less than the passing score of 75%, you may retake the test. In the event of loss, there is no charge for a replacement copy of a CE certificate.
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, click here
Accommodations for Disabilities
Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodation; please contact the CE office at (800) 866-0919.
Gannett Education is committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with accreditation agencies and boards. Gannett Education will comply with all responsibilities to be nondiscriminatory in activities, program content, and in treatment of participants. The monitoring and assessment of compliance with these standards will be the responsibility of the Executive Vice President, Gannett Education, Global Programming, and members of the continuing education division.
While Gannett Education attempts to assure fair treatment of all participants, we recognize grievances that may require intervention. Grievances are handled in the following manner:
When a participant, either orally or in written format, files a grievance, the Executive Vice President, Gannett Education, Global Programming, will evaluate the nature of the complaint. If it is meritorious, the Executive Vice President, Gannett Education, Global Programming, will instruct the staff to implement any necessary changes in the course. The complainant will receive a response from the Executive Vice President, Gannett Education, Global Programming, or designated staff within 5 working days.
You may file a complaint by telephone or email.
Telephone #: 800.866.0919