The Academy of Forensic Nursing is excited to welcome back special guest Dr. Theresa Fay-Hiller for this upcoming Member's Only AFN Webinar - The Domino Effect: Vulnerability, Mental Health and Victimization on December 7, 2022 at 12:00 PM EST.
Since all healthcare providers will encounter victims across a variety of clinical settings - including those who have mental health and substance use disorders - this webinar will focus on the assessment and interventions of vulnerable individuals that include both risk and protective factors.
Notably, certain mental health disorders are linked with risky behaviors that can further increase victimization. Specifically, individuals who have a mental health and/or substance use disorder are at greater risk for being victimized. The sequela of encountering a traumatic experience for those who are vulnerable due to either previous encounters with violence, having a mental health or substance use disorder, or may not have a support network, are at greater risk of having a complicated response to trauma.
One of the most vulnerable populations are children who encounter Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and are at greater risk of developing mental health disorders and other chronic medical disorders. Yet, simultaneously, positive childhood experiences (PCEs) can mitigate or minimize the Additionally positive childhood experiences (PCEs) can mitigate or minimize the impact of ACEs. As such, targeted and sensitive assessment can enhance trauma-informed treatment and referral.