Family Violence: Implications for Dental Patients and Practice in Florida


About the Course 

Members of the dental team must become more aware of the problem of family violence to help prevent abuse and neglect. Clinical protocols can easily be modified to include identification and intervention for cases of suspected abuse and neglect. By applying the knowledge of symptomatology obtained in this basic-level course and providing appropriate intervention, every member of the dental team can help stem the epidemic of family violence.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the demographics, contributing factors, and reporting protocols of child abuse and neglect. 
  • Discuss the demographics, contributing factors, and reporting protocols of intimate partner violence. 
  • Discuss the demographics, contributing factors, and reporting protocols of abuse of people with disabilities. 
  • Discuss the demographics, contributing factors, and reporting protocols of elder abuse and neglect. 
  • Differentiate the physical signs of family violence from accidental injuries or other physical conditions. 
  • Describe education and prevention efforts to combat family violence. 
  • Explain Florida state laws and regulations governing the roles and responsibilities of dental professionals on issues of child abuse and maltreatment. 
  • Discuss statistics related to family violence in Florida.

About the AuthorMark J. Szarejko, DDS, received his dental degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1985 and received a fellowship from the Academy of General Dentistry in 1994. He has been in private practice for 16 years, with the balance involved in correctional (county jail) dentistry. In 2007 he received the Certified Correctional HealthCare Professional (CCHP) designation from the National Commission of Correctional Healthcare. He has authored and edited several dental continuing education courses and has given presentations on varied topics to local, regional, and national audiences. He has been an examiner for the dental and dental hygiene licensure exams?for the Northeastern Regional Boards (NERBS), now the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments, since 1994. He has reviewed standard of care cases for the state of Florida and for private companies.

How to Receive Credit

  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Complete a mandatory test (a passing score of 75% is required). Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

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