The Physical Therapist's Role in Addressing Domestic Violence
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When: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
6:45 PM
Where: Marist College
Allied health Building
Beck Place
Poughkeepsie, New York  12601
United States
Presenter: Claudia B. Fenderson, PT, EdD, PCS
Contact: Tylene Lizardi

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Join Catskill District for this two part event on February 21st

6:15pm - 6:45pm: District Meeting

6:45pm - 8:45pm: CE Event: The Physical Therapist's Role in Addressing Domestic Violence


Course Presenter:
Claudia B. Fenderson, PT, EdD, PCS 

Director/Chair Marist College Doctor of Physical Therapy Program


Course Description:

The CDC reports that women experience nearly 5 million intimate partner related physical assaults and rapes and men experience almost 3 million intimate partner related physical assaults annually.  The US Department of Justice has estimated that victims of domestic violence receive more than 974,000 physical therapy visits for related injuries.  This interactive session will present an overview of domestic violence, specifically intimate partner violence, in the U.S. including demographics, signs and symptoms of DV, and patterns of injury.  Common myths pertaining to DV will be dispelled.  Barriers to addressing DV, both in terms of the victim and of the physical therapist will be covered.  The role of the physical therapist including assessment, referral and documentation will be addressed. 


Course Schedule

Overview of domestic violence including definitions; incidence; characteristics of abuser and victim; and indicators of abuse  60 minutes


Small group discussion – physical therapist and patient barriers to identifying domestic violence  10 minutes


Physical therapy screening, documentation and referral related to domestic violence; review of legal and ethical issues 30 minutes


Questions and answers 10 minutes


Course Costs: 

FREE to Members - PT, PTA and Students

$15 for Non-Member PT, PTA or Students - cash or check at the door


This Course has been approved for 2.2 continuing education hours. Partial credit hours cannot be given. Certificates will be emailed.

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