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This is powerpoint presentation I did recently for Eagle Academy, a local alternative high school, and it is for staff, about dealing with disclosure.

This is powerpoint presentation I did recently for Eagle Academy, a local alternative high school, and it is for staff, about dealing with disclosure.

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    Disclosure Disclosure Presentation Transcript

    • Dealing with Disclosure Atlantic County Women’s Center Monday, September 17, 2007
    • Atlantic County Women’s Center Services
      • Child Care Network
      • Home to Work Program
      • WomenSource Training Institute
      • Violence Intervention Program
      • counseling
      • Referral
      • Groups psycho-educ
      • Prevention education
      • Life skills services
    • What is disclosure?
      • When a child or an adult voluntarily tells you they have experienced or are experiencing sexual abuse/incest, sexual assault (rape), domestic violence or other crisis
          • Drug/alcohol
          • Transitional living/homelessness
          • Death/loss
    • Who discloses?
      • Children/Teens
        • Sexual violence
        • Witnessing domestic violence
        • Experiencing dating violence
        • Child abuse
      • Adults
        • Past history of abuse
        • Domestic violence
        • Child abuse by partner
    • How do they disclose?
      • Within counseling
      • At schools
      • Accidentally
        • Marks on body
        • Behavior red flags
        • Interrupted act of violence
      • Purposefully
        • During counseling
        • Out of fear for other children
        • After the abuse has stopped
    • Red Flags for Abuse
      • Some Physical signs/symptoms
        • Welts or other skin injuries
        • Repeated injuries
        • Venereal disease
        • Unexplained injuries
        • Lack of medical care
        • Lack of self care
    • Red Flags for Abuse
      • Some behavioral signs/symptoms
        • Extremes of behavior/mood swings
        • Addictions
        • Extreme fear of dark, small places, etc.
        • Depressed or withdrawn
        • Overly eager to please adults
        • Inappropriate sexual information
        • Habitually absent or late from school/care
        • Always tired
    • Red Flags of Abusive/Abused Parents
      • Story doesn’t always “add” up
      • Overreacts/hostile when questioned
      • Rarely touches or looks at child
      • Has unrealistic expectations of child based on child’s age
      • Minimizes child’s needs
      • Focuses on self instead of child (may also be victim)
      • Acts competitively towards child
    • Why is an appropriate response important?
      • Validation for the victim
      • Students can’t learn if they’re not safe
      • Less recanting of the victimization
      • Safety for all
      • Community responsibility
      • Ethical responsibility
    • What is an appropriate response?
      • Creating a “safe space”
      • Listening, not investigating
      • Non-judgment – meet them where they are
      • Validating
      • Empowerment, empowerment, empowerment
      • Empathy/not sympathy
      • Confidentiality
      • Boundaries
      • Be mindful of language used
      • Your own triggers/experiences
      • Responsibility to report
      • Meta-communication
    • Do not:
      • Minimize
      • Blame
      • Judge
      • Not respond out of fear
      • Make promises
      • React (body language, anger, cry)
      • Make it about you
      • Break confidentiality unless necessary
    • Do:
      • Take the person to a confidential spot
      • Believe them!
      • Provide options whenever possible
      • Call for support/intervention
      • Check your personal values at the door
      • Create a safety plan
      • Advocate for the plan
      • Take care of self
    • What to do next:
      • Consider safety first
      • Explore resources
      • Take action/Make contacts
      • Debrief staff
      • Stages of transition/loss
        • Denial
        • Anger
        • Bargaining
        • Hopelessness
        • acceptance
      • Review the results
        • What went well?
        • What could have gone better?
        • What lessons are there for next time?
    • Additional Resources
      • DYFS 1-877-NJ-ABUSE
      • 911
      • Atlantic County Women’s Center
          • 1-800-286-4184 and www.acwc.org
      • Ipac.aclink.org and click “clubs and organizations”
      • 211
    • Thank You.
      • Erin O’Hanlon,
      • Director of Community Initiatives
      • 609-601-9925, ext. 201
      • Michelle Duffy,
      • Supervisor of Children’s Services
      • 609-646-6767, ext. 661