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Child abuse seminar features national speaker

The Crawford County Dept. of Child Services and the Crawford County Prosecutor’s Office will present ‘Accident or Abuse?’ featuring Dr. Cindy Christian of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 8, at Hillview Christian Church near Marengo.
The day-long seminar, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., is open to nurses, educators, physicians, prosecuting attorneys, advocates, Dept. of Child Services workers, law enforcement officers and social workers. It will cover the medical aspects of child abuse, abusive head trauma and the medical aspects of sexual abuse, and application is pending for CMEs, CLEs, social work credits and seven hours of LETB credits.
Christian, a pediatrician, holds The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia chair in the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. She is also co-director of Safe Place: The Center for Child Protection and Health at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Christian directed the pediatric clerkship for the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine for more than a decade, and devotes much of her clinical and academic work to the care of abused children. She also directs the hospital’s CARE clinic and provides care to children admitted to the hospital with abusive injuries.
She is a co-director of the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice and Research at The University of Pennsylvania, is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics section on Child Abuse and Neglect, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Medical/Legal Advisory Board on Child Abuse, a founding member of the Ray E. Heifer Society, and involved in a number of other local and national organizations devoted to the care of abused and neglected children. Her research is related to the medical evaluation and care of abused children.
Christian, a published expert in her field, lectures nationally on topics related to the evaluation and care of abused and neglected children.
Objectives for the seminar include:
‘Medical Aspects of Child Physical Abuse
By the end of this lecture, the participants will:
‘Understand the clinical indicators of child abuse.
‘Appreciate the difficulty in identifying abused children.
‘Understand that various diseases can mimic child abuse.
‘Recognize patterns of injury that are pathognomonic for abuse.
‘Abusive Head Trauma
By the end of this lecture, the participants will:
‘Recognize the basic anatomy of the head, brain and spine, in order to understand the injuries seen in accidental and inflicted head trauma in infants and children.
‘Describe the common presentations of abusive head trauma.
‘Know the appropriate evaluation for the abused infants.
‘List the differential diagnosis of abusive head trauma and retinal hemorrhages.
‘Medical Aspects of Sexual Abuse
By the end of this lecture, the participants will:
‘Review the nonspecific behavioral and physical symptoms that might indicate sexual abuse.
‘Describe normal and abnormal female anatomy.
‘Examine why children who have been sexually abused often have normal physical examinations.
‘Describe the many medical conditions that can affect the genitals and review the differential diagnosis of genital complaints in young children.

‘Review injuries that are specific or suggestive of abuse.
Crawford County Prosecutor Cheryl Hillenburg stressed the need for medical professionals to attend, saying it is an opportunity for doctors to hear a nationally-known speaker and get CMEs for just the nominal registration fee.
‘It is necessary for all of the community that deals with children to spot the signs of abuse, understand reporting requirements that apply to all of us and recognize that many times a life can be saved through improving people’s knowledge and awareness about the issues,’ she said.
The $5 registration fee, to help defray the cost of a HoneyBaked Ham lunch, is due by April 3 for participants who wish to have lunch provided. Send a check payable to Crawford County to the Crawford County Prosecutor’s Office, 715 Judicial Plaza Drive, P.O. Box 40, English, IN 47118. (No claims will be accepted.)
Included with the check must be registration information, including: name, phone number, e-mail address, agency/organization, occupation, address, number of people attending, amount of check enclosed, lunch preference (Hoagie Italiano, Ultimate Club, Chicken Breast and Swiss, Garden Vegetarian or HoneyBaked Ham Classic), and drink preference (water, regular soda or diet soda).