Training & Education

Educating and consulting the various disciplines and professions serving children and families in the hospital and community are essential parts of our team's focus.

We reach out to other child abuse pediatricians, community physicians and pediatricians, social workers, teachers, attorneys, DCFS workers, nurses and anyone else whose discipline involves care for children to ensure that everyone is prepared to recognize and respond to suspected cases of child maltreatment.  

We have the country's only post-master's training program in social work for the assessment of abuse/neglect. Learn about the Social Work Fellowship in Child Protection.

On a quarterly basis, we train DCFS and law enforcement personnel via our work with the MPEEC. In FY14, we trained more than 200 professionals on medical aspects of child maltreatment and comprehensive psycho-social assessments

We also host community trainings like the Annual Child Maltreatment Symposium. This event allows us to train more than 200 multidisciplinary personnel on various child maltreatment topics, and draws respected keynote speakers from across the country.


The child abuse pediatrics (CAP) fellowship at Lurie Children’s, through Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, provides focused training in all areas of child abuse and neglect. Upon completion of this three-year ACGME-accredited fellowship, the physician will be knowledgeable and competent in all areas of child abuse and neglect, and will be well prepared to pass the child abuse pediatrics board examination.

Medical Student & Pediatric Residency Rotations

As part of our efforts to improve the field of child abuse pediatrics, we offer many training opportunities for medical students, physicians, social workers and other professionals whose work involves children and families.

Social Work Fellowship in Child Protection

The Protective Services Team at Lurie Children’s is offering a two-year postgraduate social work fellowship dedicated to the education and training of social work professionals who are interested in serving children and families where there is concern for child maltreatment. This fellowship provides intensive and comprehensive training by our Protective Services Team.