FRIDAY WORKSHOPS - (School of Nursing, Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital)
1:30 pm – 4:30pm
Workshop 1 (Room 1102)
Topic: Evaluation of child sexual abuse
Speaker: Randell Alexander, MD, PhD , Professor and Chief, Division of Child Protection and Forensic Pediatrics, University of Florida - Jacksonville, United States
Children who are sexually abused often present with a history long after the abuse itself. A forensic interview is most important, but the medical examination may reveal residual findings in a small percentage of cases. Teenagers may more often be victims of acute sexual assault and have a somewhat higher incidence of physical findings.
This session will explore the dynamics of sexual abuse at various ages and concentrate on the normal anatomy often seen in such examinations and the findings that are most significant supporting the diagnosis of sexual abuse. Examination techniques will be described. Some conditions that might be confused with sexual abuse will also be presented.
At the conclusion of the presentation, the participant will be able to:
1. Describe normal female genital anatomy
2. Recognize examination findings consistent with sexual trauma
3. List several conditions that cause parental concern but are not diagnostic of sexual abuse.
About the speaker:
Randell Alexander, MD, PhD is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Florida, Chief of the Division of Child Protection and Forensic Pediatrics. He is on the International Advisory Board for the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome. He is the President of the Academy on Violence and Abuse. He served as Vice-chair of the US Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect, was on the Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect for the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the boards of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and Prevent Child Abuse America (formerly the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse). Randy has served on state and local child death review committees in Iowa, Georgia and Florida. He was chair of the Committee on Child Abuse for the Georgia and Iowa chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics and currently chairs the Committee in Florida. He has extensive interests in all forms of child abuse, particularly shaken baby syndrome, Munchausen syndrome by proxy, prevention, and child death review. Randy has authored numerous articles, chapters, and books and lectures frequently in the US and other countries.
Workshop 2 (Room 1103)
Topic: Promoting Resiliency in Abused and Traumatized Children and Adolescents: Current Issues and Intervention Techniques
Speaker: Robert Geffner, Ph.D., ABPP, ABN
Founding President, Family Violence & Sexual Assault Institute (FVSAI), dba Institute on Violence, Abuse, & Trauma (IVAT)
Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology, Alliant International University, San Diego, CA
President/Founding Member, National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (NPEIV)
Promoting Resiliency in Abused and Traumatized Children and Adolescents: Current Issues and Intervention Techniques
Recent research has shown a connection between childhood maltreatment, family violence, and trauma. In addition, our understanding of the neurodevelopmental effects of these types of adverse childhood experiences on the brain has also expanded. However, some children are more resilient to these adverse experiences. This presentation discusses current research on resiliency in children, deals with some of the controversies and issues, and focuses on the techniques in promoting it for children that can be used also in intervention programs. The goal is to help mental health professionals and others better understand the dynamics, characteristics, research, and practical issues for children exposed to abusive or traumatic experiences to help them heal and recover based upon what we have learned from those who are more resilient. Specific suggestions are discussed concerning best practices and tips to promote resiliency in these children and adolescents are also provided.
Learning Objectives: Participants will
1) be able to define “resiliency,” and describe 2 controversies about the definition;
2) list 3 outcomes of resiliency research that can be utilized in prevention and intervention
3) describe 3 intervention techniques for helping children recover from trauma utilizing resiliency
About the Speaker:
Robert Geffner, Ph.D., is: Founder and President of the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Institute in San Diego, CA; President of Alliant International University’s (AIU) Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT); Clinical Research Professor of Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology, AIU, San Diego; Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in California and Texas; Editor-in-Chief of Haworth’s Maltreatment and Trauma Program, which also includes being the Editor/Co-Editor of four internationally disseminated journals; and former clinical director of a large private practice mental health clinic in East Texas for over 15 years. He has a Diplomate in Clinical Neuropsychology and in Family Psychology. He served as an adjunct faculty member for the National Judicial College for 10 years, and was a former Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Tyler for 16 years. He has also been a researcher and consultant for more than 28 years. Publications include recent treatment manuals (e.g., Treatment of Women Arrested for Domestic Violence, 2002; Ending Spouse/Partner Abuse, 2000), co-edited books concerning family violence and child maltreatment (e.g., Identifying & Treating Youth Who Sexually Offend, 2005; Identifying & Treating Sex Offenders, 2004; Effects of Intimate Partner Violence on Children, 2003; Domestic Violence Offenders, 2002; Bullying Behavior, 2001; The Cost of Child Maltreatment, 2001; and Children Exposed to Domestic Violence, 2000), and numerous book chapters, journal articles and research papers concerning family violence, trauma, sexual assault, child abuse, family and child psychology, custody issues, forensic psychology, neuropsychology, and diagnostic assessment. He has also served on several national and state committees dealing with various aspects of family psychology, family violence, child abuse, and family law. He has presented over 450 keynote addresses, plenaries, workshops, and seminars at international, national, regional, and state conferences or meetings.
Workshop 3 (Room 1104)
Topic: Trauma Resilience Across Cultures
Speaker: Machelle Madsen Thompson, PhD, LCSW
Florida State University College of Social Work, United States
Attendees will learn how to recognize protective factors leading to resilience following trauma across the lifespan. Training will include assessing protective factors with the Trauma Resilience Scale and Trauma Resilience Scale for Children, which she co-authored. Implementing protective factors with multicultural youths in school, counseling, medical, and high-risk settings will be addressed. The Spanish TRSC is currently in use across Hispanic cultures following interpersonal harm and natural disasters. She will discuss current multicultural applications and outline her goals and preliminary preparation for creating a Trauma Resilience Scale for Chinese Children in Hong Kong as a 2018 Fulbright Scholar.
About the speaker:
Dr. Madsen Thompson conducts research and teaches at Florida State University specializing in interventions that increase resilience with young people following trauma. She has been a counselor for over 20 years focusing on high-risk youths who have experienced maltreatment, poverty, traumatic events, and accompanying mental health consequences. Her presentation will teach attendees how to recognize protective factors leading to resilience following trauma. She will include training on assessing protective factors with the Trauma Resilience Scale for Children, which she co-authored, and implementing protective factors with multicultural youths in school, counseling, medical, and high-risk settings. The Spanish TRSC is currently in use across Hispanic cultures following interpersonal harm and natural disasters. She will discuss multicultural applications and outline her goals and preliminary preparation for creating a Trauma Resilience Scale for Chinese Children in Hong Kong as a 2018 Fulbright Scholar.