Education for Child Abuse Medical Providers

Members : Observership Program Purpose and Objectives

The CHAMP Program observership is a 15 contact hour educational experience that offers the opportunity to observe a child abuse expert managing sexual abuse cases. It also provides one-to-one time to review questions stimulated by the Evaluating Child Sexual Abuse course, discuss best practices related to the identification and management of child sexual abuse, and develop a professional relationship that can become a valuable resource.

Cases of suspected child sexual abuse are observed or presented by CHAMP Faculty or Associate Faculty with attention to:

  1. Communication skills, including:
    1. Practitioner reactions to the parents, children and cases
    2. Building rapport and preparing the child for the examination
    3. Caregiver history
    4. Child history
  2. Examination skills, including:
    1. General examination
    2. Genitalia exam techniques
    3. Colposcopy
    4. Specimen collection
  3. Interpretation of findings:
    1. Interpretation of physical findings
    2. Documentation of findings
  4. Working with other child abuse team professionals, such as:
    1. Possible sequences for the team approach
    2. Making appropriate referrals for the child and family
    3. Attending an interdisciplinary team meeting

Learning objectives:

By the end of the observership, participants will be able to:

  • Explain appropriate responses to patients and their families
  • Describe appropriate child sexual abuse examination techniques
  • Describe appropriate management of suspected child sexual abuse cases

Target audience:

Physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants with pediatric experience who are currently practicing in New York State and hold a valid New York State license are eligible to become CHAMP Network Members.


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