April is both Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month: two issues central to many of our practices, both of which can take a serious toll on clinicians. It seems like compassion fatigue (and its sisters, vicarious trauma and burnout) don’t get nearly enough attention in our professional circles. But really, they should–a recent study found that 85% of emergency department nurses surveyed reported moderate to high levels of compassion fatigue. I’d be interested in what the results would look like if they surveyed a group of forensic clinicians.
Time once again for Articles of Note, a look at some of the newest literature published in the peer-reviewed journals with the last 30(ish) days. There’s a lot to look at this month, although most of it requires a subscription or library access, sadly. It’s a pretty diverse lot this month, so you’ll want to wade through the list and see what catches your eye.
Don’t forget we have a new giveaway going on! Leave your answer to our question(s) by noon ET on February 29th to be eligible to win a copy of the new Entry-Level Adolescent and Adult Sexual Assault Assessment workbook.
When I ran out to grab some lunch today my radio was set to NPR. And the topic featured on Talk of the Nation? The Hidden Faces of Modern-Day Slavery. While I confess I wasn’t in love with the interviewer’s questions as a whole, the guests were pretty fascinating.
Friday, February 24th, you can catch a special edition of America’s Most Wanted that will focus on the global problem of sex trafficking. The episode will air from 9-11pm ET on Lifetime Television (read more about the show here). From the little info I’ve seen, it looks like they may be teaming with the Polaris Project on this one…if anyone has more information on the episode, feel free to leave it in the comments section.
I’m teaching this week in Houston, so it may end up being a spare week here at FHO (these are some long days, my friends, and sometimes my brain hurts at the end of them). But I wanted to share a few recent articles and op-eds that have been published on the issues of sexual assault and sexual exploitation that might be of interest. Thanks to all of you who sent them over:
I missed this offering when it was live, but happily for us, it’s been archived:
The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation held a webinar in November, Best Practices to Combat Child Trafficking. The archived webinar also includes downloadable slide decks from each of the 3 speakers, as well as a nice looking resource page.