ISPCAN June 2018 Newsletter
 
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Author Registration and Early Bird Discounts Closing JUNE 15 
ISPCAN XXII INTERNATIONAL PRAGUE CONGRESS
September 2-5, 2018
  • Join over 1,000 experts from multiple disciplines to protect children from abuse and neglect. 
  • Engage in innovative and interactive pre-conference workshops. 
  • Be inspired by world-renowned Keynote Speakers including Asher Ben-Arieh, Esther Deblinger, Ruth Gilbert, Etienne Krug, Marta Santos Pais, Kateřina Šimáčková, Howard Dubowitz and Renate Winter.  
  • Earn free CEU credits by participating in the ISPCAN Training Institute Core Competency Courses. 
  • Collaborate with peers from over 70 countries during the prestigious scientific program. 
  • Reunite with friends and network with colleagues as you enjoy the wonder of Prague. 
  • Build a legacy to create a future free from child abuse and neglect.  
Author/Early Bird Registration
$500 Scholarships available for ISPCAN Members.  Application deadline JULY 15, 2018.   Click here to apply 
Abstract Submission Deadline Quickly Approaching
The DEADLINE for ABSTRACTS is JUNE 30, 2018 for ISPCAN's first-ever Caribbean Regional Conference, to be held December 2-5, 2018, in Montego Bay at the all-inclusive Hilton Rose Hall Resort.  Food, drink and sunshine are all included in the registration package!  Unique island issues around child abuse and neglect will be our focus.  Please submit your abstracts related to the conference theme, Child Protection Realities within a Changing Caribbean by JUNE 30.  Subthemes include:
  • Juvenile justice
  • Innovative therapy and support
  • Human trafficking and sex tourism
  • Public health prevention campaigns
  • Impact of child abuse and violence on development
  • Systems of professionalism and accountability within the Child Protection sector
Abstract Selection Criteria
The abstract selection process is extremely competitive and in order to ensure the highest scientific standards, ISPCAN always employs a double-blind review of all abstracts. Two reviewers independently score each abstract without access to the author’s name, country or any other details.  Abstracts are selected based on their final score, calculated by averaging equally weighted scores in four categories:
* Technical Merit
* Readability
* Data-supported Methodology
* Innovation/Advancement in the Field of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention 
Submit Abstract Now

Take advantage of the benefits of your ISPCAN Membership

Sometimes the most important and exciting legacies come from unexpected encounters at a conference. The ones that lead to unlikely collaborations or opportunities to take best practice from one region or discipline and apply it to a totally different area. Our conferences with multi-disciplinary professionals promote cross-fertilization to inspire new thinking and innovation.

At other times, genuine progress is made by bringing people with a common cause together and uniting them behind a clear and compelling purpose. Whether to accelerate a cure, understand which prevention or treatments are most effective, raise funding or advocacy for child abuse issues, or generate support for a campaign to drive social and legal change within a country.  No matter what region you are from, there is something to learn and something to share with other practitioners in this highly specialized field of child abuse and neglect prevention.  Our ISPCAN conferences are the spark and connection that bring together researchers and practitioners from all over the globe to learn and collaborate with one another.

Host a Mini-Conference for an intimate group of 50-100 participants on one specific proposed topic of interest. A shorter 1-2 day conference is possible on a topic of need using a small budget. Expert trainer is provided by ISPCAN.  Member finds a free space, identifies a topic and the audience. You must be an ISPCAN member to request this service.

Host an ISPCAN Conference
The Role of the Health Sector in the Identification and the Referral of Child Abuse Cases
June 27 10:00 a.m. MDT

 
Child abuse and neglect is an important cause of morbidity and mortality in childhood, especially in the first years of the life. Identification of the children who are abused, neglected, or are at risk of being abused or neglected is a crucial step in child protection--and one that is particularly critical for health care providers, who often at the first ones to interact with these children and families. Management of these cases needs multidisciplinary collaboration; therefore, the referral of abused children for therapy, long-term follow-up, and protection is the next step in ensuring their well being. In this webinar, ISPCAN Councilor Figen Sahin Dagli will discuss these topics and share her experience as a professor of pediatrics and one of the pioneers in founding and directing a child protection center in her university in Turkey. ISPCAN webinars are free for members and $20 for non-members. 
Register here
ICAST now available on mobile devices
 
ISPCAN is pleased to announce that our Child Abuse Screening Tools (ICAST) are available for use on iPhones or tablets, making data collection and analysis easier for CAN professionals wherever they are working. With the generous support of the Canadian government, we have developed three ICAST data entry forms on Epi Info, a free app offered by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that allows investigators to build forms and analyze data in a number of languages, including English, Arabic, French, Georgian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Vietnamese. A new ICAST manual explains the data entry system and directs users to guides on how to conduct analyses of their data. Read more on the ISPCAN website
ISPCAN member Chrissy Sykes, Creator of "My Body is My Body," offers this
FREE educational program to our members

Chrissy Sykes describes the program here:  Our child abuse prevention program contains activities to teach child abuse prevention to children all around the world. The program will give you a step by step easy way to approach this subject through fun animated songs. This simple program will give you a way to My Body Is My Body Program empower children and help you open the lines of communication. The Body Is My Body Musical Child Abuse Prevention Program. http://www.mybodyismybody.com 

It is one of the most successful, positive and fun filled musical "body safety" programs around. Our program me has now been animated so that it can be shared with children in schools, nursery schools, sports facilities and homes alike. The My Body Is My Body Program will give you a step by step easy way to approach the subject of Child Abuse through fun animated songs. This simple program will give you a way to empower children and help you open the important lines of communication. The program covers Physical and Sexual Abuse, Peer Pressure, Who Are Strangers, What If Scenarios, Who to Tell, and Love is gentle. This program is free of charge to all and it relies on volunteers to share the program around the world.  We currently have it translated into 13 languages and are working with several people to have the songs sung in translated languages.

Why Music? A study which involved children, published in the Journal of Music Therapy, showed that music, and learning new songs relate to a more positive self-concept and development of self-esteem, helping children feel better about themselves. The Power of Music - University of London
study suggests that music and movement:     

  • Nourish the brain while affecting all areas of development     
  • Strengthen listening, motor skills, language, problem solving, spatial-temporal performance and literacy     
  • Help develop critical listening skills     
  • Create space for emotional well-being    
  • Provide opportunities to practice social skills    
  • Support phonemic awareness     
  • Instills acts of kindness and cooperation     
  • Calm and focus the mind and encourage interaction in non-threatening ways * Gari Stein BA

Since we launched the videos last year, we have received over 240,000 views on YouTube in over 100 countries around the world.   At the following link you will find all the teaching documents in different languages and a pdf about the program.  https://www.mybodyismybody.com/pdf-download-child-abuse-prevention

We want to do more to bring value to your ISPCAN membership. 
 

We continue to strive to provide publications, Congresses, professional training events and world wide activities and resources to best support YOU.  Your feedback is critical in helping us continue to evolve towards our goal of bringing the highest possible value to you, our members.    To achieve this goal, we would like to get feedback from you! 
 

Please take 15 minutes to fill out our 2018 ISPCAN Member Survey by Monday July 16th and you will be entered into a drawing for a FREE one year ISPCAN Membership!  
Winner will be announced July 31st.

Member Survey
Are you experiencing Compassion Fatigue?  

Compassion fatigue can be a serious occupational hazard for those in any kind of helping profession, with a majority of those in the field reporting experiencing at least some degree of it in their lives. Compassion fatigue is characterized by physical and emotional exhaustion.  It is a form of secondary traumatic stress, as the stress occurs as a result of helping or wanting to help those who are in need. It is often referred to as “the cost of caring” for others who are in physical or emotional pain.

Here are 9 ways to prevent compassion fatigue from happening to you:

1. Get Educated: If you know you are at risk for compassion fatigue, taking the time to learn the signs and symptoms can be a helpful means of prevention. Some common signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue include: Chronic exhaustion (emotional, physical, or both), reduced feelings of sympathy or empathy, feelings of irritability, anger, anxiety or problems in personal relationships, hypersensitivity or complete insensitivity to emotional material, feelings of inequity toward the therapeutic or caregiver relationship, headaches, trouble sleeping, weight loss or gain or impaired decision-making and poor work-life balance or diminished sense of career fulfillment

2. Practice Self-Care: Practicing self-care can be a critical method of protecting yourself against compassion fatigue. It is not uncommon for those who are constantly concerned with the needs of others to wind up neglecting their own. Those who practice good self-care are significantly less vulnerable to stress and compassion fatigue than those who fail to do so. A good self-care regimen will look different for each person, but it should generally include: eating a balanced nutritious diet, regular exercise, routine schedule of restful sleep, ensuring a balance between work and leisure and honoring your emotional needs

3. Set Emotional Boundaries: It can be especially important for therapists, social workers, doctors, law enforcement, nurses, and caregivers alike to set firm emotional boundaries to protect themselves. Empathy and compassion are generally at the forefront of a human services career. If left untreated, compassion fatigue not only can affect mental and physical health, but it can also have serious legal and ethical implications when providing therapeutic services to people.  The challenge is to remain compassionate, empathetic, and supportive of others without becoming overly involved and taking on another’s pain. Setting emotional boundaries helps maintain a connection while still remembering and honoring the fact that you are a separate person with your own needs.

4. Engage in Outside Hobbies: Maintaining a solid work-life balance can help protect you from compassion fatigue. When all your time is spent working or thinking about work, it can be easy to burn out. Studies have shown work-life balance is becoming more important to workers, and making time for leisure activities and personal hobbies outside of work can help lower stress levels and improve overall life satisfaction.

5. Cultivate Healthy Friendships Outside of Work: While it is great to have strong relationships with your co-workers, it is equally important to cultivate and maintain healthy relationships outside of work. It can sometimes be difficult for co-workers to avoid talking about work even outside the workplace. Connecting with friends who are not aware of the ins and outs of your work situation can provide much needed emotional and professional relief.

6. Keep a Journal: Journaling is an excellent way to process and release emotions that may arise from your line of work. Taking the time to cultivate self-awareness and connect with your personal thoughts and feelings can help prevent suppression of emotions, which can lead to compassion fatigue over time.

7. Use Positive Coping Strategies: While it may be tempting to wash away the stress and emotional burdens of your job with alcohol or drugs, this can actually work in the reverse and compound stress in the long run. Consider making a list of positive coping strategies to use in times of stress. This might include deep breathing, meditation, taking a walk, talking with a friend, watching a funny movie, or relaxing in a hot bath.

8. Identify Workplace Strategies: Workplace strategies are often an important part of compassion fatigue prevention. If your employer does not currently have any in place, consider suggesting their implementation. Some workplace strategies that have been proven to be beneficial are: support groups and open discussions about compassion fatigue in the workplace, regular breaks and routine check-ins, mental health days and onsite counseling and relaxation rooms, massage, meditation classes, etc.

9. Seek Personal Therapy: If you find yourself feeling emotionally vulnerable, significantly stressed, or overwhelmed, consider seeing a therapist who can help you process your feelings and implement strategies to help you combat compassion fatigue and maintain a healthy work-life balance.

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