OJJDP just released a new resource: Recognizing When a Child’s Injury or Illness Is Caused by Abuse (PDF). It’s written for law enforcement, so this is really more of a SART or MDT resource, than a clinical text. I was happy to see it addresses issues like aging bruises based on color (you can’t), and provides some good overview information about a variety of injuries and other findings. I haven’t gone through the whole thing, but it looks promising. Peds folks weigh in…
This week’s full-text offering is from The Permanente Journal and it addresses an issue that certainly doesn’t get discussed enough in healthcare circles: male patients who have experienced child sexual abuse. Coincidentally, I just saw that IAFN posted this article on Facebook, as well, so perhaps some of you have read the article already. If not, I recommend it. Click through for more details:
This week’s Full-Text Friday offering addresses the issue of multiple perpetrator rapes of adolescent girls (sad commentary: I can’t combine those words in the title of this post because of the disgusting trolls that come out of the woodwork). I hear a lot of speculative testimony, and occasionally it is about expectations of injury following sexual assault by multiple assailants. There’s not a ton of research on this topic, so I am pleased to offer this article up as a way to help inform us about the clinical picture of this patient population:
Here we go: vacation is behind us and a modified (but still busy) travel season resumes for our household. Happily it’s not me on the road this week, but after taking a week off, I can hardly corral my to-do list. Always a trade-off, that whole taking time off thing. Hopefully US readers enjoyed a happy and relaxing 4th–we certainly did (and it was a far more social one than I am used to). But all in all, there was plenty of downtime and a good amount of reading therein. Here’s what’s caught my eye since last we spoke:
I’m having a tough time ramping up for my work week this morning. Could be the impending vacation (no worries, there will be [some] posts while I’m away). Could be that I was so completely productive last week I just feel like coasting a bit. Either way, the internet can be a distraction when I’m in this mindset, so I have been happily perusing all of the links I’d tucked away from the weekend. Here’s what’s caught my eye since last we spoke:
Over at PreventConnect they published a blog post on a new study out in Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment. The article, Adverse Childhood Experiences in the Lives of Male Sex Offenders: Implications for Trauma-Informed Care, and the blog post, are both worth perusing. I’ve also added them to the ACEs Clinical Guide, along with our most recent Full-Text Friday offering and a couple other notable links. We rarely talk about offenders here (it’s not my area of specialty, but if there’s someone who would like to guest post on the topic, I am always happy to have that conversation), but that doesn’t mean there isn’t relevance in understanding the myriad impacts of adverse childhood experiences in the lives of offenders, as well as victims.
You know your brain is a tad overloaded when the mere act of hitting the “publish” button is too much. So this post sat languishing in draft purgatory until I noticed this bit of sadness and quickly rectified. Apologies for being absent from Full-Text Fridays for awhile. The truth is that it’s fairly time-consuming and everyone knows, this is my nerdy hobby. So sometimes things don’t happen.
I’m including this article for your perusal because I never stop talking to people about the impact of violence on health. This full-text piece examines adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and their impact on aging, the relevance of which I hope is immediately apparent. Details after the jump:
The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health is hosting an upcoming webinar, Children and Domestic Violence. It will be held June 11th from 2-3:30pm CT. Register for the session here. Details after the jump:
Man, am I tardy on this. Finally–once again here’s this (and last) month’s Articles of Note, a look at what has caught my eye from the recently published, peer-reviewed literature. There’s a lot of good stuff in this round up, so I would encourage you to peruse the abstracts. Keep in mind this isn’t a comprehensive list, just the things that interested me. Click through for the link:
I’m getting ready to head to Kansas City for the Forensic Investigations Conference–if you’re going to be there please come by and say hello. It was a pretty lovely weekend in our household, but by Sunday I was putting all of my people on planes, so last night I spent the evening dividing my time between perusing my Twitter feed and binge watching The Newsroom (damn you, HBO To Go!). Here’s what caught my eye since last we spoke:
I have had a lot of emails asking if I will be at the EVAW Conference this week in Seattle–many good friends are out there, but I will not be. I am heading to Indianapolis on Wednesday to teach some of the advanced SANE sessions at the INCASA Conference, so I am looking forward to seeing many FHO readers there (and if we have never met, please come introduce yourself–I love meeting readers). And then I am heading to Argentina for a week of food and wine with my best friend. I will not be working (it’s 100% vacation), but I will be rerunning some of FHO’s greatest hits the week I’m gone, so the site won’t be dark. However, I *was* working a bit this weekend, and managed to do a decent amount of reading–here’s what caught my interest since last we spoke:
Lots of reading this weekend, so it’s a good list. But before I put it up, a quick reminder (again), since I got a nastygram from a reader who disliked one of the articles I posted last week: just because I read it doesn’t mean I agree with it. Everything on this site, be it articles in posts like this or webinar offerings or full-length reports, should be read with the understanding that, unless it is accompanied by a clear endorsement from me, is not actually an endorsement. This site is for information sharing. FHO readers are a smart bunch–you guys will decide what is relevant and what is valid for your own practices. That being said, here’s what I’ve been reading since last we spoke:
The Children’s Safety Network is hosting a webinar March 20th from 2-3:30 pm MT, Recognizing and Responding to Trauma: The ACE Study and Trauma-Informed Care. The session is part of their 2014 webinar series, Improving the Mental and Emotional Well-Being of Communities Through the National Prevention Strategy.
I’m off to teach for a few days in Nebraska, so just a quick post today– The Academy on Violence and Abuse has a new DVD available on the ACE Study. Although it’s not free (it’s currently available at an introductory rate of $45), there is a free preview available of the DVD on their home page. Considering that this video is more than 3 hours, with multiple sections perfect for using in a CE program or staff development session, it’s a good investment. More on how to get your own copy here.
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.