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School-based Health Services, Adolescent Health and Anticipatory Guidance for Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault
October 10, 2012 @ 12:00 am - 1:30 pm
Elizabeth Miller, MD, PhD
Chief, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Erica Bisgyer Monasterio, MN, FNP-BC
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Nursing, Division of Adolescent Medicine and Department of Family Health Care Nursing, University of California, San Francisco
Description: For one in five U.S. teen girls, the most vivid memories of high school will not be her junior prom or a favorite history teacher. Instead, 20% of teen girls will remember the abuse inflicted by someone they were dating.
Teens experiencing relationship abuse are more likely to report unhealthy diet behaviors, engage in substance abuse, and report having suicidal thoughts. Given these sobering facts, adolescent relationship abuse (ARA) is a major health concern facing teens today, and health care providers have a unique role to play in preventing it. Not only can they provide valuable prevention messages to help their patients build healthy relationships, but medical professionals are also uniquely positioned to help those exposed to abuse access the resources they need.
Clinical settings that serve adolescents in particular, such as confidential teen clinics and school health centers, are strategic sites for adolescent health promotion, prevention, and intervention. Unfortunately, the standard-of-care within adolescent health settings does not currently include specified protocols to assess for or intervene to reduce ARA. This webinar will provide participants with strategies and tools to provide universal education on safe, consensual and healthy relationships, as well as models for trauma-informed responses to disclosures of ARA.