Another good webinar in the FVPF‘s healthcare series: Providing Health Services to Survivors in Domestic Violence Programs. The session will be held October 6th from 11-12:30 PT. This series is free, but preregistration is required. The speakers have not yet been announced at this time.
Enough of you sent this to me that I just had to post it:
Those tricky vaginas: they can make or break a deal. Thank god for these pearls of wisdom…
Next week the National Sexual Assault Conference will be going on in Los Angeles. Sadly, I won’t be there this time (I’ll be with the Navy in Newport), but I’ll be able to catch up on all of the fantastic things happening there, because CALCASA’s going to be tweeting updates in real time (as will many others), and also blogging from the conference.
Medscape has an interesting CME case study on physician expert testimony. And when I say interesting, I mean that it touches on a couple issues (albeit briefly) that are relevant to anyone providing this service, physician or nurse. Specifically, it touches on the notion that expert testimony should be subject to peer review, and that professional organizations have a responsibility to ensure that their members provide quality testimony. The article actually refers to case law that supports this, although I’m not certain the authors don’t overstate their case just a bit on this point.
I love when people surprise me. Today, before our course started, one of the young (male) Army JAGs came up to me to discuss a news item he had read recently. He told me he had heard there was a new “morning after” pill that had just been approved by the FDA (I 1st posted on it earlier in the year), and he wanted to know if this would change how we take care of sexual assault patients. That’s a fantastic and very thoughtful question from a prosecutor, and one I didn’t expect. I think eventually it will change our practice, although not any time soon. We’re only finally getting people to move to Plan B, and this will undoubtedly be more expensive. It also made me realize that I hadn’t yet posted this particular news item.
WCSAP is hosting a webinar Monday, August 30th at 11am PT: Immigration, Sexual Assault and the Current Legal Climate. Space is limited for this one, so register ASAP if you’re interested. The featured speaker is Sonia Parras Konrad from ASISTA, a national organization providing immigration technical assistance on representing survivors of crimes of violence.
It’s been an amazing week here in DC, as we have just finished up the inaugural offering of our National Institute for the Prosecution of Domestic Violence II, which took our first DV course to an entirely new level. But that has left all of us exhausted and slightly bewildered: we’ll be starting over again next week with a sexual violence institute for the Army and Air Force. Happily, I was able to (mostly) able to keep up with postings for the week:
Just a reminder: there is a complimentary session from SAFEta Source: SART Case Review. The session will be held next Tuesday, August 24th at 2pm ET. From the site: Presented by Linda Ledray, PhD, RN, FAAN, SANE-A, this webinar will offer education and practical solutions to Sexual Assault Response Teams that are looking for resources to create a case review process. For SART teams that are “seasoned” at the process, this webinar will provide an opportunity to enhance practices. You can still register for the webinar here.
RTI, in collaboration with the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center is offering a web-based course: An Overview of DFSA SANE/SAFE/SART Protocol 1 (which means, presumably, there will be at least one more?). The live web course is being offered on 4 different occasions over the next 2 months: 8/18 (sorry–just got this) 3-5 pm ET; 8/24, 8:30-10:30 am ET; 9/1, 8:30-10:30 ET; and 9/2, 3-5 pm ET. 2 CEUs will be available for nurses (for a fee of $30), although the target audience is multidisciplinary. Dr. Pat Speck and Dr. Jeri Ropero-Miller will be the presenters.
The Family Violence Prevention Fund is hosting a webinar on building domestic violence health care responses in Indian country (scroll down to the 3rd entry). The webinar will be held September 21st from 11-12:30 PT and is free of charge. You can read about the report generated from the project on which this session is based here.
It’s been a busy week, and for me, the only one I’ll have this month in the 216. I’m off tomorrow for 2 weeks in DC, which if we’re being honest, is also now home (and that’s complicated, because I can never remember what articles of clothing live where these days). Before I pack up for the weekend, a quick recap of the week’s activities:
Time once again for Articles of Note. All of these are from the July/August issues and electronic previews. It’s a bit brief this month, but there’s some good stuff, particularly on DFSA. 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. Links lead to PubMed abstracts; 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 Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force is hosting a SART-focused webinar: What Can We Talk About? Considerations for How SART Teams Discuss Sexual Assault Cases. The webinar will be August 17th from 11am-noon, PT. The session will be presented by Laura Williams, MPA, National Technical Assistance Project Director, Sexual Violence Justice Institute (SVJI), Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault, St. Paul, MN. Advanced registration is required.
I’d like to be able to add a flashy little icon over my Canada tab so that readers would automatically see when new content was posted there. Until then, I’ll have to just keep adding short entries letting you know good stuff has show up over there, courtesy of Sheila Early.
Found one! Now when you see the icon there, you’ll know there’s been something new added. I’ll use them for all of the tabs, actually, which should make it easier for regular readers to know when there are new conference handouts and clinical guides, too.
And now for a wee bit of self-promotion: one of my AEQ partners, Jeff Greipp, and I will be teaching a webinar on court testimony, Wednesday September 8th from 2-3pm ET. It’s being hosted by IAFN, and cost for members is $40 ($50 for non-members). This will net you CEUs, so it’s a good deal. Plus we’ll be talking practicalities related to evidence-based, ethical testimony, so that’s always a relevant discussion.
I’m back from Seoul (14 hours in coach–ugh), and although it was a truly amazing week, I’m glad to be back in the office this week, if only for a minute. There’s much to post on, starting with a couple interesting podcasts from ReachMD. They appear to be doing a series on child health issues, and I’m including a couple notables here that might be relevant to your practice.
NCVC’s DNA Resource Center is hosting a free webinar August 11th at 3pm ET: Using DNA Evidence to Solve Missing Persons, Homicide, & Trafficking Cases.
From the site: “This Webinar will present an overview of the University of North Texas’s human identification program and how they are using DNA and the national DNA database to bring closure to missing persons and homicide cases….