Well, folks, there’s always someone who has to rain on the parade. In this case it’s (naturally) an anonymous commenter whose contribution was deleted immediately (because I have a no nastiness policy for comments on this site) complaining about too much gay in my posts. I was told I should spend more time sticking to what’s relevant–so let me just enlighten you, anonymous commenter:
The single most read item on this site is now the consensual sex injury research grid. I try to be vigilant with maintaining it, because in adult sexual assault cases, there probably isn’t a more important body of research (in my opinion, at least). So a new study on the issue means a new update. Click on the link to download and/or print the full grid. Research is listed from oldest to newest.
I spend a lot of time thinking about expert testimony. I know it can be intimidating, but as with so much in healthcare, it’s a skill that can be developed and fine-tuned. However, in order to achieve competence it’s important to understand the fundamentals. My hope is that what I’ve created here is a usable tool for individual practitioners and those of you providing education to others on this topic. Feel free to share.
I was all about goofing off this weekend, but that doesn’t actually mean I got to ignore the work stuff. The fruits of NOT ignoring the work will be published here soon. But in the meantime, here is some of what I’ve been reading since last we spoke:
In case you haven’t seen them yet, there are two new publications worth noting that just came out this week. One is the Trafficking in Persons Report for 2013, released by the US Department of State; the other is the World Health Organization’s Responding to intimate partner violence and sexual violence against women: Clinical and policy guidelines.
Time once again for Articles of Note, a review of what’s new in the peer-reviewed journals. Keep in mind that this is not a comprehensive overview; it’s simply what’s caught my eye over the past month. It’s kind of a quiet month for the research, but there’s good stuff to be found here, especially for the peds folks. As always, please contact me if you want the word doc. Otherwise, the printable and hyperlinked doc can be found after the jump.
We’ve just opened up the application process for the next online SANE Sustainability course. If you’re interested, the application window is open until June 28th. Find all the details here. Sadly, this is open to US folks only (due to our funding source). 15 CEUs will be available upon completion of the full 6 week course.
Something for the entire multi-disciplinary team: NCPTC is offering a webinar on Understanding Adverse Childhood Experience Research. This research is central to what we know about how violence impacts health, so again, if you’re looking for a great opportunity for some team continuing education, here’s a great one.
Hey–want to know something we suck at? Acknowledging and managing our own trauma from this work we do. Everyone I know in this field (including me) could probably do a better job at the whole self-care thing. And if you’re a program manager, you especially need to be concerned about this issue, because it’s critical that we give members of our teams space to talk about how this work impacts our lives and figure out healthy ways to address the trauma.
There is *so* much in the news that is pretty fascinating. I tried to unplug this weekend, but when I was awake at 3am this morning there was plenty to keep me occupied, article-wise. What follow is just some of what I’ve been reading since last we spoke:
In light of World Elder Abuse Day here’s another great clinical resource. This one is a brief (less than 10 minute) slide presentation (narrated), Red Flags of Elder Abuse: History and Interview by Dr. Laura Mosqueda from the National Center on Elder Abuse at UC Irvine. Note that you must register with QuantiaMD to access it (free); the presentation has interactive elements. What a great inservice tool this could be for a staff meeting–watch the video as a team and follow-up with a discussion about how your own practice could be strengthened or refined in regards to care of the older adult.
Well, it’s hard to believe, but I won’t be stepping foot in an airport for 5 weeks. Just one road trip this week to spend some qulity time with the Army in Charlottesville, but aside from that, my work is all local. Gives me a little breathing room, and some time to catch up on odds and ends. So here’s what I’ve been reading since last we spoke:
Seeing that June 15th is World Elder Abuse Day, I thought I’d get a few posts up on the topic. First up is the Summer 2013 newsletter from the Resource Sharing Project, featuring 2 articles of interest: “Providing Services to People Assaulted In Care Facilities” (PDF) by Holly Ramsey-Klawsnik, Ph.D and “Responding to Older Victims of Sexual Abuse: Promising Practices from OVW Abuse in Later Life Program Grantees” (PDF) by Bonnie Brandl and Madeline Kasper.
Read the complete issue online here.
I had a comment by a reader recently regarding trauma-informed care and kids, in which she mentioned that trauma and trauma-informed care isn’t just limited to abuse and violence. Agreed, and in light of that comment, I figured I’d present a CE offering (for nurses) that looks at the issues in broader terms–this one from Healthcare Toolbox (read more about them here). They have a free audio program, Pediatric Medical Traumatic Stress that just requires registration to access.
The Sexual Violence Justice Institute at MNCASA is hosting a webinar, Without a Disclosure: One Community’s Approach to Addressing Sex Trafficking of Minors. The session will be held June 26th from 12-1:30 pm CT.