SYMPOSIUM
Sunday, November 13, 2005: 8:15 AM-9:30 AM
Benchmark of Success: A Collaborative, Interdisciplinary Peer to Peer Training Program for Health Care Providers on Domestic Violence
Learning Objective #1: Describe the sociological and epidemiological characteristics of domestic violence, discuss the benefits and controversies surrounding domestic violence screening and prevention in the medical setting, and recognize cultural and institutional barriers to an effective nursing/medical response to domestic violence
Learning Objective #2: Identify strategies to effectively plan, implement and evaluate interdisciplinary domestic violence prevention and response programming, recognize the value of using advocacy based, peer-to-peer training methods, and identify appropriate roles for physicians, nurses, social workers, community advocates and survivors
Domestic violence poses a major threat to womenís health and safety both nationally and worldwide, and often carries with it severe mental and physical trauma, as well as lasting health problems for victims. (Campbell, 1993) Because healthcare providers are often among the few people an abused woman may see without her abuser present, it is critical that health professionals make domestic violence awareness and response a routine part of their clinical practice. Nurses are uniquely positioned to bridge the disparate viewpoints of healthcare professionals, community advocates and domestic violence survivors, and are therefore natural candidates for leadership roles in interdisciplinary programs designed to prevent and respond to DV. This session will discuss the successes of the Malcolm Grow Medical Center Domestic Violence Initiative, an innovative program that assists physicians, nurses, medical technicians, and administrative personnel assigned to Andrews Air Force Base to identify, screen, and provide treatment options for survivors of domestic violence. This program trains health care providers to act as domestic violence facilitators who provide peer-to-peer education throughout the medical center, and represents a groundbreaking merger of the skills and expertise of one of the Air Forceís largest hospitals and one of Washington, DCís oldest civilian domestic violence service providers. The Initiativeís innovative curriculum, designated a United States Air Force Benchmark Program, challenges traditional models of medical education and encourages a group process of information-sharing, practical clinical exercises and closely monitored follow-up and support to ensure that the curriculum moves beyond classroom walls and into patient rooms. The inter-disciplinary team of facilitators, all of whom collaborated on the original program, will discuss the impetus for the programís development, the philosophical underpinnings of the curriculum, the opportunities and challenges associated with multi-disciplinary collaboration, the results of the first two years of the program and exportability of this model to other communities.
Organizer:Chad S. Priest, RN, BSN, JD
Presenters:Caitlin Finnegan Priest, BA
Catherine Takacs Witkop, MD
 Moving Beyond Hospital Walls: Building Bridges Between Healthcare Providers and Community Advocates
Caitlin Finnegan Priest, BA, MPH, Candidate
 The MGMC Domestic Violence Initiative
Chad S. Priest, RN, BSN, JD, Candidate
 Physician Collaboration in the MGMC Domestic Violence Initiative
Catherine Takacs Witkop, MD

Sigma Theta Tau International
38th Biennial Convention - Clinical Sessions
November 12-13, 2005
Indianapolis, IN