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Understanding Mandatory Reporting & Your Role in Identifying and Protecting Vulnerable Individuals | Paper signpost on a wooden desk with Ethics, Values, Integrity, Accountability, and Principles signs

Understanding Mandatory Reporting & Your Role in Identifying and Protecting Vulnerable Individuals

This webinar delves into the professional ethics surrounding reporting, examining the delicate balance between confidentiality and the obligation to report, illustrated through practical examples in both educational and practical contexts.

Member Price $24.00

Nonmember Price $54.00


This webinar was presented on May 9, 2024. The CPE associated with this webinar will expire on May 9, 2027.

This session will cover mandatory reporting, emphasizing the duty of mandated reporters to report known or suspected abuse or neglect concerning vulnerable populations like children, elders, or dependent adults. We will discuss the purpose of mandated reporting in ensuring the safety of these groups and preventing abuse, as well as various types of abuse that require mandatory reporting in compliance with federal and state laws. We will explore the professional ethics of reporting and the balance between confidentiality and the duty to report with practical examples in education and practice. Challenges and barriers to reporting, such as personal bias and cultural misunderstandings, will be addressed, along with the role of interdisciplinary collaboration. We will conclude with resources and support that are available for mandatory reporters. This webinar qualifies for ethics credit.

CPE Level: 2
CPEU: 1.0 (valid until May 9, 2027)

Performance Indicators:

  • 1.2.2 Keeps abreast of and complies with national, state, and local legislation, regulations, policies and standards.
  • 1.3.3 Uses ethical reasoning and decision-making processes to address ethical dilemmas.
  • 1.7.1 Recognizes and respects cultural and racial diverse backgrounds to effectively interact and build meaningful relationships with others (e.g., clients, employees, inter- and intra-professional team members and community and professional groups).

Learning Objectives

  • Define the concept of mandatory reporting and the duty of mandated reporters.
  • List population groups where nutrition and dietetics practitioners may encounter abuse and the need to report it to relevant authorities.
  • Identify resources and support which are available for mandatory reporters.


Terri Raymond MA, RDN, CD, FAND

Terri is the president and owner of Dietitian Consulting Service LLC. Previously, she worked at Food Management Corporation, a regional contract food service company, serving as President and Vice President

Her service to the Academy includes being a former President of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She served as a member of the Competency Assurance Panel and Appeals Panel for the Commission on Dietetic Registration; and member of the Leadership Institute Oversight Task Force. Terri is a Past Chair of the Board of the Academy's Foundation and served on the Foundation's Board for five years. She is a Past President of the Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; received the state's Distinguished Service Award and represented Washington State in the Academy's House of Delegates. She is currently serving as the Foundation’s Chair of the Philanthropy Council for the Make it a Million Scholarship Campaign and as a member of the Ethics Committee.

Terri is a Past Chair and member of the Dietitians in Business and Communications dietetic practice group's executive board. She received the DPG's Founder's Award and the Dietitians in Health Care Communities dietetic practice group's Abbott Leadership Award.

Rebecca Brody PhD, RD, LD, CNSC

Dr. Rebecca Brody is an RD and Professor in the Department of Clinical and Preventive Nutrition Sciences at Rutgers University, School of Health Professions, where she teaches and mentors master and doctoral research students and conducts research on clinical nutrition topics, dysphagia screening, and advanced practice. She completed her BS in dietetics at the University of Vermont and her MS in Clinical Nutrition, and Ph.D. in Health Sciences at Rutgers University. She was a CDR commissioner, vice-chair of the CDR Advanced Practice Panel, and currently serves on the CDR Appeals Panel, the ACEND Advanced Practice Doctorate Expanded Standards Committee, and the Academy Ethics Committee. She also was a board member of the National Board of Nutrition Support Certification. Dr. Brody has published manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and has presented internationally and nationally on dysphagia, nutrition-focused physical exam, and advanced dietetics practice.

Tammy Randall MS, RDN, LD, CDCES, FAND

Tammy Randall is Director of the MS in Public Health Nutrition Dietetic Internship program at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio where she teaches classes in public health nutrition and diabetes prevention and management. Tammy previously held roles in clinical as well as community settings. She was an inpatient diabetes educator for the Cleveland Clinic’s Endocrinology and Metabolism Institute, Director of Education at the Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland, and an Extension Educator for the Ohio State University Cooperative Extension Service. She has served the profession in a number of volunteer leadership roles including Speaker of the Academy’s House of Delegates, President of the Ohio Affiliate and CDR’s Exam Panel. Tammy is honored to be the 2024 recipient of NDEP’s North Central Outstanding Dietetic Educator in a Dietetic Internship.

Release Date: May 9, 2024


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