Archive for the ‘Families’ Category
I know I said I’d be posting on IAFN, but right now, all of my time here has been spent outside of sessions (staffing the NSVRC booth and in meetings). So I promise I will try to have some reports (other than that the turnout is amazing) soon. In the meantime, please note that JWI‘s National Alliance to End Domestic Abuse is sponsoring a teleconference November 5th on adolescent witnesses to family violence.
An interesting coincidence (if you believe in those sorts of things) happened yesterday. I received an email from a reader asking about resources to engage men in ending violence against women; and I checked my Facebook page last night and saw that EVAW had posted some info about one of Canada’s latest campaigns to engage men in ending violence, It Starts With You. So I’ve taken that as a sign from the Internet gods, and am doing a post today on the topic. It’s in no means comprehensive (in fact, consider it more of a jumping off point)–if you have more to add, please do so in the comments section so readers around the globe can benefit from our collective knowledge. My resources are, for the most part, US and Canadian. I would love (love, love) to hear about campaigns in other countries, as well.
Time once again for a run down of some of the new and noteworthy articles in the current literature. All of these are from the September/October issues (with the exception of one published in late August, but newly available electronically). As always, please keep in mind this in no way a comprehensive list; simply items that have caught my attention from a selection of peer-reviewed journals. Most links lead to PubMed abstracts (except for one free full-text article); from there you can choose what’s worth a.) paying for; b.) a pilgrimage to your nearest medical library; or c.) downloading via the full-text access you possibly have at your disposal.
The Family Justice Center Alliance has their 1st online learning course available on their site: an orientation to co-located domestic violence service models (a la the family justice center model). It’s a nicely done, narrated video/slide presentation, and it’s a great tool for anyone looking at providing multiple victim services under one roof.
I received a request from a reader looking for information about the medical care of children pulled out of meth labs (also known as drug endangered children). I know several of you out there are doing this kind of work, so please chime in with recommended resources you like and use.
On September 9th, the Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health is hosting a webinar from 4-5:30 ET: Promoting Resilience in Children & Youth Who Experience Childhood Abuse. Participation is free of charge.
This Webinar will examine the phenomenon of resilience as it applies to survivors of childhood trauma – specifically child abuse and neglect. Pat Stanislaski (former Administrator, Office of Early Childhood Services, New Jersey) will offer participants the opportunity to discuss why resilience is so important, how it is influenced by factors inside and outside the home, and what factors nurture resilience in children…
Medscape has a new slideshow available: Recognizing Child Abuse. It’s free to access (registration is required, also free) and would make another fantastic continuing education presentation for your team. The slideshow includes multiple annotated injury photos, films and recent stats, but it’s still brief enough to review during a staff meeting or inservice (there are 25 slides total). Child sexual abuse is also addressed, albeit briefly.
It’s certainly not the most comprehensive presentation on the topic, but it’s a nice overview. I’ll look forward to hearing your opinions…
The Coming Home Project, a non-profit organization devoted to providing compassionate care, support and stress management tools for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, their families, and their service providers, has a series of videos and podcasts on a host of different issues related to the physical and mental health needs of returning service men and women.
The International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect is hosting a Virtual Issues Discussion (VID), beginning June 15th through the 22nd. The discussion will specifically be on Approaches to Children Exposed to Domestic Violence. Advanced registration is required. You can see a list of presenters and access supplemental materials here.
The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education has a series of grand round webinars on mental health issues for rural and frontier healthcare providers. CEUs & CMEs are available 1 year from the time of the original offerings, so all of these have CEs in place through at least November, ’09 (and 3 of the 4 well into Spring 2010). Access is free of charge; all are approximately 90 minutes long.
The Child Trauma Academy has a free web-based course on bonding and attachment in maltreated children. It’s broken down into a series of 4 sections, each with a lesson and an assignment. The interface is pretty bare-bones, but it’s easy enough to use. Please note: CEUs are no longer available for this course.
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The Family Violence Prevention Fund has a relatively new page about sexting on their website, which in part discusses some of the legal questions this activity raises. Sexting is essentially teens (often) sending text messages with sexual contact, and it seems like it’s received a flurry of media attention lately (you can check out major media outlet coverage here, here and here).
Stop It Now is hosting a webinar about their new Online Help Center. The Center is described as “an interactive tool where adults can get private, 24/7 access to customized information and resources for preventing child sexual abuse”. The sessions (there are 2 dates) are scheduled to last an hour and are free of charge.
MNCAVA’s Global Violence Prevention site has a couple case-based tutorials available. One of them focuses on domestic violence in later life. It’s recently updated and provides a nice overview of many of the issues that come up working with this specific patient population.