guide cac response
Date Title Instructor Time
Watch Now Child Physical Abuse: A Guide to the CAC Response Karen Farst, MD 90 minutes

Brief Overview: A child abuse pediatrician will review the considerations for the MDT, medical, mental health, forensic interview and victim advocate response that a CAC-MDT should consider when evaluating expansion of service to include child physical abuse. The presentation will discuss the role of the medical provider on the MDT, and will present an overview on the specifics of the medical response to suspected physical abuse including recognition of red flag indicators of physical abuse (such as patterned and sentinel injuries) and evaluation of potentially abusive injuries.

Expert Presenter: Karen Farst, MD, MPH, has worked as a child abuse pediatrician with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Center for Children at Risk and Arkansas Children’s Hospital since 2004. After an internal medicine/pediatrics residency, she was in primary care private practice for 3 years before completing a fellowship in child abuse pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Her work duties at Arkansas Children’s Hospital include medical evaluations and court testimony for cases of abuse and neglect, education of medical and non-medical professionals on the medical aspects of child maltreatment, and administrative leadership of the Center for Children at Risk located in the Clark Center for Safe and Healthy Children on the campus of Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

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Continuing Education Credits

This activity has also been designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Social Work for 1.5 hours CEU, 1 Post Credits by the Minnesota Peace Officers, 1.5 CLE by the Minnesota Board of CLE.


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