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Some Weekend Inspiration

I’m a big fan of ideas. I love hearing about the creative ways people view the world; I love hearing about people’s successes (and failures, from which I learn quite a bit). I keep a notebook with my own ideas, many of which have meade their way into the world in one fashion or another. And  I am always impressed when people do things others said were impossible. So for your weekend inspiration, here is a video of Bill Strickland’s talk at TED in 2002. I won’t introduce him, because I can’t possibly do the intro justice. Suffice it to say: he’s inspirational and he provides a great example of how to give a presentation that gets the job done. Enjoy.

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Lateral Violence

The American Nurses Association is offering 1.91 CEUs for their online course, Lateral Violence: Nurse Against Nurse. Cost is $20 ($15 if you’re an ANA member) and is in traditional article-posttest format. CEUs are available for this course only through the end of 2009.

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Child Trauma Academy Spring Series

The Child Trauma Academy in Houston, TX is now accepting registrations for their Spring Clinical Teaching Series. The series offers 10 online sessions on a variety of topics related to working with high-risk children using the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics. All courses take place on Fridays from 11:30-1pm, Central Time.

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Working with Victims of Stalking

Lewis and Clark Law School (NCVLI), has an archived podcast (from Jan 2007) on working with victims of stalking. Although it is geared toward advocates, it looks specifically at safety planning and threat assessments, both of which can be useful skills for forensic healthcare professionals, as well. The speaker, Sandy Bromley,  from the National Center for Victims of Crime, provides a national overview of, as well as Oregon-specific information about, the issue.

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Family Justice Center Webinar

The Family Justice Center Alliance is hosting a webinar March 5th, 9am Pacific Time: An Informational Webinar Featuring the Family Violence Project (FVP) of Waterloo Region. FVP is the only center of its kind in Canada; the webinar will highlight their development, implementation, challenges and successes.

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Trauma-Informed Ethics

Trauma-Informed Ethics: Promoting Hope and Embracing Healing, is an online forum hosted by Witness Justice for domestic violence service providers. “This forum is designed as an interactive tool for discussion and learning amongst a virtual community on how ethical standards can be used to integrate a trauma-informed approach across systems. Areas for discussion include the ways trauma-informed ethics provides a vehicle for sustaining health care reform across systems that is responsive to the needs of trauma survivors and that can be applied to any setting, system and level of practice.” Participation is free, but registration is required.

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"Very Young Girls"

Have you seen Very Young Girls on Showtime? If you haven’t it’s still possible to see it On Demand through March 3rd and it’s well worth your time. We don’t often think about trafficking victims as being young American teens and pre-teens, but as this documentary clearly shows, the problem is rampant right here in the US.

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Adolescent Injury and Violence

The CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) has a slide presentation on injury and violence in schools, available for use by the public. It addresses intentional and unintentional injury; suicide/violent deaths; and prevention and response strategies. The stats are a bit old, so it would probably be beneficial to update them if you were to use them for more than just self-education. You might also want to run spell-check on the slides before using them in any formal way (because someone at CDC didn’t).

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Emergency Preparedness

AHRQ hosted Lessons Learned from the Field of Emergency Preparedness, last November. You can listen to a webcast of the session and view PowerPoint slides in their archives at no cost. According to the site, presenters shared key insight on customizing tools in order to address the distinct needs of their communities. Emergency preparedness planners as well as Federal, State, and local community health planners, providers, and first-responders attended.

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Help Fellow FHO Readers

Help out your fellow readers, please. If you’ve participated in something you learned of on this site that was either really useful OR a colossal waste of time, do us all a favor and post your review in the post’s comment section. It’s particularly helpful for items which have an associated fee.

Thanks to all of you who have done so already.

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Compassion Fatigue Prevention

PESI is hosting a webinar on compassion fatigue prevention and resiliency, Friday, March 13th from 2-3:30pm ET. Cost is $59, but that fee allows an unlimited number of participants at any one site. Participants will receive 1.5 CEUs per site (additional CEs are $39 each). CEs also available for psychologists and social workers. You can see the outline for the presentation here.

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Alltop

alltop_125x125_we So, our little blog has been added to Alltop: confirmation that we kick ass (seriously–look at their badge). We’re in the health section.

Check it out here.

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Cultural Competence Health Practitioner Assessment

Because prior cultural competency posts have been popular among visitors to this blog, here is a self-assessment tool created by the National Center for Cultural Competence at Georgetown University. It is specifically geared toward healthcare providers and is web-based, so it’s easy to complete.

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Dating Bruises

The latest edition of the Journal of Forensic Nursing just came out; included is an article on accurately aging bruises. While it doesn’t conclusively refute the practice, it does provide yet another layer of support against it.

IAFN members & subscribers can read the article online by logging into the member center. If you aren’t an IAFN member (and I ask, why not?) or subscriber, you can read the abstract here.

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Animal Cruelty and Domestic Violence

As a  follow-up to last week’s post on legislation in Iowa for animal protective orders, a podcast about the link between DV and animal abuse. Allie Phillips, who used to be at NDAA, is now the Director of Public Policy at the ASPCA. She has written the PAWS (Pets and Women’s Shelters) Program Startup Guide, a how-to manual for starting a PAWS program at domestic violence shelters. If you’d like to hear a brief podcast of Ms. Phillips talking about the PAWS program, you can listen here (warning: there’s a minute of extraneous stuff at the beginning of this podcast).

For those of you who sit on your local multidisciplinary response team, may I suggest distributing a copy at your next team meeting if your community isn’t addressing this issue already?

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Inbox: Protection Orders for Pets

In my inbox this morning (because interesting things show up there sometimes)

I know this isn’t technically education, but for those of you interested in public policy, here’s a little legislation to have with your coffee this morning:

Quad-City Times

Advocates: Pets Need Domestic-Violence Protection

Victims of domestic violence should be able to seek court protection for a family pet to keep an abuser from causing harm to an animal or using a pet to gain leverage, advocates said Wednesday. Tom Colvin, executive director of the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, said his agency deals with one or two situations each week where they provide a “safe house,” foster program or other protection for a family pet caught in an abusive domestic circumstance.

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Preventing Violence Against Women

Prevention Connection, a project of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, has just opened registration for its next webinar, Building the Violence Against Women Primary Prevention Movement. Two sessions are being held March 10th and March 12th, 11AM Pacific Standard Time. Content will be the same for both, but speakers may differ.

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The Bandana Project

My friend Cathy, over at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, sent me a video she made for the Bandana Project. If you aren’t familiar with the Bandana Project it’s a a public awareness campaign aimed at addressing the issue of workplace sexual violence against migrant farmworker women in the United States. Esperanza: The Immigrant Women’s Legal Initiative of the Southern Poverty Law Center launched this campaign in 2007.

You can view the short video after the jump.

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Using GPS Technology to Monitor DV Offenders

Jewish Women International is holding a teleconference March 5th (Thursday) from 12-1pm ET: GPS Technology: An Effective Tool to Monitor High-Risk Domestic Violence Offenders.  Cost for non-members is $25 (free for members) and requires preregistration.

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Sexual Abuse of Children

In my inbox today:

… a special webinar on Monday, February 23 (3-4:30pm ET) featuring Stop It Now! and Darkness to Light – two national organizations leading the effort to prevent the sexual abuse of children. This online exchange will help you learn from our experiences by presenting research informed practice and real life successes.