VAWNet has a new resource available focusing on culturally competent care of LGBT survivors of sexual violence. Aside from the comprehensive article by Sabrina Gentlewarrior (printable version here), you can also access a variety of linked resources over on the summary page. This is a topic that is sorely underrepresented in the literature, so we may have to do a full clinical guide sometime soon, if you think it would be of interest…
I don’t normally post personal issues here at FHO, but I am pretty worried about our friends and colleagues in American Samoa and the affected region. If you have news, could you please pass it along? And if you are so inclined, please consider donating to the Relief Fund for Sexual Assault Victims, established to collect donations that will aid affected sexual assault victims and advocacy programs in areas coping with disasters. You can read more about the Relief Fund and efforts to prevent sexual violence in disasters here.
Medscape has a new CE offering on the impact of bullying on girls. Seems that a new study indicates that girls have far more long-term psychological sequelae from bullying than boys, a finding particularly interesting to me as the mother of a girl-child. If you’d like to get better acquainted with the study (or at least a brief synopsis of the study), you can check it out and get 0.25 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 credit (or for my nursing friends, .50 contact hours) for your efforts. As always, these offerings are free, but require site registration to participate.
For those of you out there struggling with issues around VAWA 2005 forensic compliance, technical assistance is now available through EVAW International. Additionally, they have a variety of materials available on the topic, as well as a couple webinars coming up. The first webinar will be October 15th at 2pm ET: Medical Forensic Exams Conducted without a Report Being Made to Law Enforcement.
Just back from a terrific trip to CO Springs/Alamosa (where, among other things, I got a tour of the gorgeous Memorial program and also ate my weight in Mexican food). We were also busy over at the Sustainability site this week:
- A reminder about the Victim Privacy webinar being hosted by SAFE TA on Oct. 13th (also posted here)
- Information about the hands-on, day-long leadership and program management workshop we’re doing at IAFN next month: there are still a handful of spots left, so if you’re interested, please register soon. The session will be capped at 45 participants (plus table faculty)
- Two great posts on critical management issues: delivering praise and managing pessimists on your team
It may have been snowing in Colorado this week, but it’s gorgeous and sunny in the 216, and I’m actually home for a sustained period of time (3 weeks!). So I’m very much looking forward to my weekend. Hope yours is a good one, too!
The Missouri Children’s Trust has an archived podcast on their site from Dr. Linda Chamberlain on the early brain development of children. In the podcast, she discusses how witnessing domestic and other violence impacts developing brains. Access is free: listen to it online or download it to your iPod for future use.
Today’s post is an incredibly wonky one–many of you will bail right off the bat, and of those of you who decide to check out this video, several of you won’t make it past the 2 minute mark. So what is the fascinating offering I’m posting? It’s actually a session from TED that I find to be really interesting: how statistics fool juries. If you don’t feel like you can commit to the full video, skip ahead to the 14 minute mark, where the reason for my posting the video becomes clear.
The Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Technical Assistance (SAFE TA) project is hosting a free webinar October 13th from 2-3:30 ET on victim privacy. Susan Chasson MSN, JD, SANE-A (an IAFN past-president and practicing SANE) and Jessica Mindlin, Esq. (from the Victim Rights Law Center) will be the featured presenters.
Much of the content on the sustainability site this week was pretty self-centered, I must say. But hopefully it’s useful, so, if you’ll indulge me:
- The slides from the session I did at NSAC on sustainability are posted here under Conference Handouts (click here to go to them directly). They’ll be available for 30 days (after that, by request).
- I’ll be hosting a web forum on sustainability for OVC Sept. 30th from 2-3pm
- A fantastic (and relatively brief) tool for managers of all stripes: a guide to effective communication that has some great recommendations for delivering bad news, holding meetings that don’t waste people’s times, and much more.
I’m off to the wilds of Colorado this weekend and will be working from there most of next week. I’ll try and keep posts pretty regular, assuming my connectivity is reasonable. Have a great weekend!
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.
ReachMD, available online and at XM Satellite Radio, has a huge feature this month on disaster medicine. There are more than 60 podcasts, all from within the past year (and many from this month) linked on their page right now. You can download several at a time and listen to them while you’re plodding through administrative tasks, or select one, like Ethical Issues Arising in Natural Disasters, and host a staff discussion around it. There’s a lot that’s conversation-worthy.
Today, President Obama issued a proclamation recognizing the 15th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act. You can read it here.
RN.org has several new CE offerings available that might be of interest to readers. It’s a flat $19.95 for unlimited CEs (in a 12 month period), and they offer some of the state mandated courses, as well as a general selection. That’s actually a pretty fantastic value for the money–something to consider springing for if you just don’t have the budget to send your team members to conferences this year.
In the wake of the Dugard case, it’s no surprise that the merits of sex offender registries are being debated. Time magazine has an interesting article about the potential globalization of sex offender registries here. But before we go there, perhaps we need to analyze the current national registry system, as was done in a brief editorial in last week’s USA Today by Suzanne Brown-McBride, Executive Director of CalCASA. It’s definitely worth a read.
Sorry, gang–my time has been consumed this week with NSAC and I just haven’t been able to keep up with posts. We’ll resume Monday with regular offerings. Enjoy your weekend!
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.
- A terrific piece on why leaders should lighten up that I think is pretty relevant
- And an interesting way to look at what your website says about you and your program’s mission
Next week is the NSAC conference in Alexandria. I’ll be presenting a couple sessions there and am looking forward to seeing many of you. Please stop by the AEquitas booth or snag me after a session and say hello if you’ll be there.
Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!