Faculty Sponsor

Sara Golomb


Arts and Sciences


School Psychology

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 5-3-2018


This study focuses on the departments of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Nursing, and Education at Valparaiso University to explore the preparedness of graduate students as future mandated reporters. The goal is to ascertain how graduate students in career fields responsible for working directly with children learn about and experience the topics of child maltreatment and mandated reporting in their graduate training programs. The overall purpose is to understand and inform graduate students and programs of the current state of training, including identifying critical gaps and potential action steps, used to prepare school psychologists, counselors, nurses, and educators for their future roles as mandated reporters.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Emily Mellin is a second-year school psychology student who has been a graduate research assistant within the Department of Education since 2016. As a future mandated reporter herself, she finds the need to study the training of mandated reporters of the utmost importance. She hopes to pursue a doctoral degree after she finishes her specialist degree here at Valparaiso University.