One of the things I really appreciate about Twitter is the ability to follow the happenings at a conference I can’t attend. And so it is with the National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence, going on this week in San Francisco. If you search #NCHDV on Twitter you’ll find some great points presented at the conference, links to articles referenced and more. Twitter will never be a great substitute for actual attendance, but at least I can follow along and get a pretty wide array of perspectives in the process.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). This year’s theme is healthy sexuality, which I think is a theme particularly well-suited to healthcare providers. Head over to the NSVRC site (or here for Spanish) to check out their resources and events, including Tweet About It Tuesdays! (http://twitter.com/nsvrc #Tweetaboutit), which will feature some great hosts leading hour-long health sexuality chats on Twitter every Tuesday in April. And VAWnet has posted a great overview of how you can talk about healthy sexuality to prevent sexual violence.
WHO is offering a webinar, which “will focus on capacity for the prevention of family violence, and present WHO’s recently developed comprehensive training packages on the prevention of child maltreatment and the prevention of intimate partner and sexual violence.” The session will be April 3rd from 3-4pm CEST (that’s 9am ET).
Time once again for Articles of Note. This month’s is basically stuff from the 1st quarter. I included a couple of January articles I missed in earlier editions, so you’ll see articles as far back as the beginning of the year. There is so much good stuff on this list. I know I say that a lot, but this month I feel like people took a look at the “I wish people would research ___” section of my Moleskine (and yes, that really is one of the sections because as I’ve mentioned before, I’m a HUGE NERD), and said, “meh, why not?”.
The US Department of Health and Human Services has a webinar series, The Impact of Trauma on Women and Girls Across the Lifespan. Their next offering is March 27th, 2pm ET, Disaster Behavioral Health: Lessons Learned from the Past Decade. However, there are multiple archived sessions available, as well.
Sorry about no post yesterday–zero internet access, which is rare these days. But after a productive day with the Marines on the west coast I am headed home for a few days. And I wanted to make sure you’ve seen this, an amazing document: the National Plan to Prevent the Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children (PDF). It’s an update to the 2008 plan. Perfect for my 5 hour flight home…
A wicked case of insomnia left me trolling the Internet all night. One of the most interesting reads? #Ididnotreport on Twitter. Search the hash tag to see the overwhelming number of responses about why assaults go unreported. Compelling to say the least.
Several of you sent this over my way, and many more of you posted it on your Facebook pages, and/or tweeted it, so I thought I’d get it up here. Check out Project Unbreakable’s tumblr site here for more info, images and ways to help.
The National Women’s Law Center is hosting a webinar Thursday, March 22nd from 3:30-4:30 ET– Spotlight on Bullying and Harassment: The Law and One School’s Response. I’m particularly interested in the content as the parent of a pre-teen, and not just as a clinician.
Medscape has an interesting CME article about social media use in their Emergency Medicine section that I thought was worth a mention. We talk a lot here about social media use by clinicians, but Medscape’s focus isn’t on what we put out into the ether about ourselves, but rather what we seek out and learn about patients online.
I have spent much of this week slogging through research, but I’ve accomplished what I needed to get accomplished today, and on top of that my household is returning to what passes for normal around here. I’m ready to finish up for the day and start a decidedly non-work focused weekend. So with that in mind, I give you a fantastic (and short) video clip sent to me by one of my AEQ partners. It’s dedicated to all of my fellow presenters out there, particularly those of you who have experienced the spinning beach ball of death.
Have a great weekend!
There is a relatively new National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health, and wouldn’t you know it–they’re offering some webinars. They’re nice enough to archive them, too, so there are several now available for listening.
This glossary is presented to assist advocates in understanding commonly used terms when reading, understanding and evaluating research. This glossary drew from several sources, which are listed at the end of this document. These resources can be helpful to advocates who wish to learn more about understanding and evaluating research. (p.1)
Just something to make note of: I have updated several of the clinical guides to reflect new research in recently published journals. The consensual sex injury guide is one of the most popular item here at FHO (and my most frequently read PDF on Scribd), and it’s been updated, along with the alternate light source guide (part I, which addresses using ALS for identifying skin stains) and the cost of child abuse guide.
I will be doing a webinar on Ethical and Effective Testimony (along with AEQ Director, Jennifer Long) for SAFEta Source. The session will be held April 10th from 2-3:30pm ET and is free. You can register here. This is one of my all time favorite topics to discuss, so hopefully we’ll be seeing many of you there!
UPDATE: Archived versions available here.
The Battered Women’s Justice Project is hosting a webinar, Organizing the Work of Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs). It will be held March 22nd from 2-3:30pm ET. Leah Lutz, from the Sexual Violence Justice Initiative at MNCASA will be the featured presenter.