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Doe Run CEO Emphasizes Important Role Earth Science Plays in Natural Resources Industry

St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) August 6, 2007

Science is a discipline key to the success of The Doe Run Company, a global provider of metals and services.

That’s why the company donates its time, dollars and expertise to encourage science education. It’s also why Bruce Neil, president and chief executive officer, recently encouraged educators to inspire their students to embrace lifelong learning.

Neil was speaking July 26 to K-8 educators who traveled from across the state to attend the Missouri Minerals Education Foundation’s eighth annual workshop at Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo. In addition to stressing the importance of earth science, Neil emphasized Doe Run’s commitment to sharing its collective knowledge with teachers and students.

“There’s a need in this country for increased aptitude in the sciences, so I was honored to be invited by the foundation to speak with teachers who are making science come alive for Missouri students,” Neil said. “It’s vital to the future success of Doe Run to support events like this, which serve as valuable resources for educators who are preparing the next generation of scientists and engineers.”

While earth science is essential for understanding how the world works, it’s certainly a subject that needs more attention, he explained to workshop participants.

Among 15-year-old students, the United States ranks 24th in science literacy, and the country ranks 20th in the number of 24-year-olds who earn degrees in natural science or engineering, according to a report published May 22, 2006, by the Congressional Research Service.

Furthermore, No Child Left Behind will expand next year to include science assessments, so teachers and administrators can get the data they need to help students improve science skills and better prepare for college and the work force.

During Neil’s workshop presentation, “Learning for a Lifetime,” he noted how Doe Run delivers information to students and teachers and actively communicates the importance of earth science, including a comprehensive Minerals Education program involving more than two dozen employees, regular educational tours and student-work programs.

“Teachers impart the knowledge and inspiration necessary to drive our future geologists, engineers, environmentalists and marketers,” Neil said. “Providing teachers and their students with hands-on learning experiences supports Doe Run’s commitment to a lifetime of learning and helps ensure a competitive work force.”

The annual Missouri Minerals Education Foundation workshop includes hands-on activities and presenters from the mining industry, government agencies and educational organizations. Hundreds of participating teachers from throughout the state get curriculum ideas for mineral and rock identification, environmental initiatives and everyday uses for minerals. For more information, visit http://www.mmef.org.

In addition to its involvement in the workshop, Doe Run’s Minerals Education Team travels to dozens of Missouri schools each year to lead hands-on experiments and student activities, ranging from creating crystals and identifying minerals to making toothpaste creations and mining chocolate chip cookies. To learn more about Doe Run’s Minerals Education efforts, e-mail mineralseducation@doerun.com.

Based in St. Louis, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company and the largest integrated lead producer in the Western Hemisphere. Dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral and metal production, Doe Run operates the world’s largest, single-site lead recycling facility, located in Missouri. The Doe Run Company and its subsidiaries deliver products and services necessary to provide power, protection and convenience. Doe Run has operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona. For more information, visit http://www.doerun.com.

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LegalView Learns of High-Tech Doll Aiding in Traumatic Brain Injury Research in Australia and Informs Readers of Other Resources To Sufferers

Denver, CO (PRWEB) January 21, 2008

Users of LegalView’s traumatic brain injury (TBI) information portal recently learned of a high-tech doll that is helping Australian researchers uncover the affects of TBI in victims of shaken baby syndrome. The forensic medicine department at the University of Oslo recently developed a baby doll that helps them better understand how an infant is affected after a brain injury accident.

TBI is a common injury adversely affecting Americans each day in this country. In addition to this, thousands of infants are also affected by TBI. TBI as a result of shaken baby syndrome among infants is extremely preventable and the best prevention of this is through awareness. For more information on TBI among infants or if you or anyone you know has been previously affected by TBI, use LegalView’s brain injury accident portal to find side effects of TBI as well as treatments and how to locate an experienced brain injury law firm.

The doll allows researchers to use the built in technology and determine the stress on the brain that an infant would endure after a brain injury accident. According to researchers at the university, it is important to determine the medical results of what actually occurs to an infant with brain damage from shaken baby syndrome so that it is easier to develop legal cases against aggressive individuals responsible for brain damage in a child.

Additionally, LegalView provides several legal information portals ranging from mesothelioma cancer to all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accidents to Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF). Users can find information on mesothelioma cancer as well as what causes it, potential treatments and how to best develop mesothelioma litigation or how to locate an attorney specializing in asbestos who can offer consultation on potential legal cases.

Resources found on the ATV information portal include how to prevent an ATV rollover accident and what to do if one occurs. Knowing what ATV models are faulty and which ones have been recalled is the best way to prevent injuries from an ATV accident that can include brain damage, loss of limbs and death. For more information on how to protect yourself from an ATV accident, use LegalView’s ATV portal to learn more and to find an ATV law firm.

Also use LegalView’s site to learn more about NSF. NSF is a rare disease that is incurable, similar to mesothelioma, which is usually associated with the use of gadolinium. Gadolinium is a chemical dye that is used in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) tests for individuals with kidney disease. NSF is a painful illness that causes the body’s skin to become thick and harden. Other symptoms of NSF include the appearance of large red scabs and eventually the skin thickens so much that the use of limbs and appendages becomes to difficult and therefore an NSF patient is in a sense partially paralyzed. If you or anyone you know suffers from kidney disease and may have been exposed to gadolinium dye, it is important to contact a doctor as well as to find an expert NSF lawyer.

About LegalView:

LegalView.com is a public service brought to you by Legal WebTV Network, LLC, a Limited Liability Corporation created by a group of the nation’s most highly respected law firms: Anapol Schwartz; Brent Coon and Associates; Burg Simpson; Cohen, Placitella and Roth; James F. Humphreys and Associates; Lopez McHugh; and Thornton and Naumes. For more information on the accomplishments and track records of LegalView.com’s superior sponsoring law firms and to get in touch with LegalView attorneys, visit LegalView at http://www.LegalView.com .

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Education.com Partners with Leading Organizations to Give Parents the Resources They Need to Become More Involved in Their Kids’ Education


Redwood City, CA (Vocus) May 19, 2009

Education.com , a leading web destination for parents of school-aged children, today announced partnerships with some of the nation’s leading family-focused, not-for-profit organizations. In teaming up with organizations like the Autism Society of America (ASA) , Boys Town National Hotline, Hand in Hand Parenting , the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) , and PBS Parents , Education.com has increased its capacity to provide information, ideas, and inspiration to help parents effectively address the unique educational and developmental needs of their children.

“Many parents agree with President Obama and Secretary of Education Duncan that responsibility for our children’s education must begin at home,” commented Education.com CEO Dr. Ronald Fortune. “However it’s not always obvious to parents how they should get involved. Education.com and our partners are committed to making sure that all parents can easily access the resources they need to be active and effective participants in the education of their children.” Fortune noted that Education.com leverages the expertise of its not-for-profit partners in a number of innovative ways.

In addition to creating its own content, Education.com acquires original articles from partner organizations. Before being published to the site, all articles must receive Education.com’s stamp of approval to indicate that the content is evidence based, credible, timely, and easy to understand. NCLD, an organization that provides information, promotes research and programs, and advocates for policies, and PBS Parents, PBS’s online resource, have contributed hundreds of articles to Education.com’s information centers.

In addition to contributing articles to Education.com, the Autism Society of America, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, will also serve as Guest Editor of an upcoming Education.com Special Edition on Asperger’s Syndrome. The Asperger’s Special Edition will give readers access to the latest information on Asperger’s Syndrome along with original articles from world experts and educators.

Boys Town National Hotline and Hand in Hand Parenting, an organization devoted to helping parents acquire the skills they need to build and rebuild close connections with their children, both participate as experts in Education.com’s new question-and-answer resource, JustAsk. Ginny Gohr, Director of the Boys Town National Hotline explains her organization’s interest in contributing to JustAsk, “Over the past two decades, Boys Town has had the privilege of helping millions of parents who have made calls to our hotline. We’re really excited to participate as Education.com JustAsk experts because now, with hundreds or thousands of parents reading each answer, we’re able to provide more parents with the high-quality advice and support they need.”

Education.com’s Fortune notes the importance of these organizations’ contributions “We believe all parents want to do what’s best for their children. We’re here to provide world-class information, resources, ideas, and inspiration to help parents get involved, stay involved, and be powerful advocates for their children’s education. No organization on its own could generate the volume of credible resources required to meet the incredibly diverse needs of parents, so we’re thrilled to partner with the leading experts in each topic who can help us get parents what they need.”

About Education.com: From kindergarten readiness to college prep, Education.com is the leading destination for involved parents. More than a million parents a month come to Education.com to get the information they need to support their children’s unique educational and developmental needs, and to find ideas for how to make learning more fun. The company has teamed up with leading universities, nonprofits, and research organizations to offer highly credible parenting, developmental, and educational information. The site also offers printable activities, community resources, access to best-of-breed educational services, and SchoolFinder – a tool that gives parents comprehensive data on the nation’s 125,000 public, private and charter schools. Education.com was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Redwood City, CA. The company is backed by leading venture capital firms, Azure Capital Partners, TeleSoft Partners, and California Technology Ventures. For more information, please visit http://www.education.com.

About ASA: ASA, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy. For more information, visit http://www.autism-society.org.

About Boys Town National Hotline: The Boys Town National Hotline was established in 1989 and answers nearly 175,000 calls for help every year. A service provided by Boys Town, founded in 1917 by Father Edward Flanagan, offers trained, professional counselors to callers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Callers problems range from relationship and parental discipline issues to depression and suicide. In crisis situations, counselors assist callers and provide community resources and emergency intervention. The Hotline provides referrals to agencies throughout the United States and responds to anyone in need of assistance, with a special focus on children and families. Anyone in a crisis situation, especially children and families, can call 800.448.3000 for help anytime. For more information visit http://www.boystown.org/hotline.

About Hand in Hand Parenting: Hand in Hand (formerly Parents Leadership Institute) helps parents acquire the skills they need to build and rebuild close connections with their children. We also encourage parents to build close connections with other parents, so they are able to learn and share with others, and work together to build a healthier community. For more information, please visit http://www.handinhandparenting.org/.

About National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD): NCLD provides essential information to parents, professionals, and individuals with learning disabilities; promotes research and programs to foster effective learning; and advocates for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities. For more information about NCLD, please visit http://www.LD.org.

National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Announces Winners of the 2010 Parenting Resources Competition


Boston (PRWEB) June 1, 2010

The National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA), a division of Dominion Enterprises, has announced the winners of its 2010 Parenting Resources Competition. The 12-year-old competition highlights the best products for parents of children of all ages. After evaluating hundreds of outstanding submissions, NAPPA selected 24 products to receive its esteemed NAPPA Gold Award and 37 products for NAPPA Honors. These parenting products were chosen for their innovation, safety, quality, usefulness and the degree to which they make parenting easier.

NAPPAs expert judges and parent testers noted that this years entries reflect trends that raise the bar on safety; promote academic skill-building through engaging activities; and target specific populations, such as families whose children need help with social skills or parents connecting more effectively with their tweens and teens.

This years NAPPA winners focus on helping us be the best parents we can, says Barbara Smith Decker, NAPPA manager. Our expert judges and family testers have filtered through hundreds of entries to give us solutions to parenting dilemmas, tools for maintaining a healthy life balance, and products that save us time and energy so theres more of us to share with our families and friends.

A few stand out products among the 2010 NAPPA winning products include:


“If Your Kid Eats this Book, Everything Will Still Be Okay: How to Know if Your Childs Injury or Illness is Really an Emergency,” by Lara Zibners, MD; Grand Central Publishing, 2009; $ 14.99 Written by an emergency room pediatrician, this user-friendly guide offers an informed and often humorous approach to helping parents assess the severity of their babys illnesses and injuries.

Baby Jogger Summit XC, $ 399.99 The ride in this all-terrain jogging stroller is smooth and secure with an all-wheel independent suspension, swivel/lock options for the front wheel, and hand-operated rear drum brakes.

“Kidpreneurs: Young Entrepreneurs with BIG ideas!” by Adam Toren and Matthew Toren; Business Plus Media Group LLC, 2009; $ 12.95 Just in time for summer, this book helps kids decide if starting a business is right for them, which business to start, and how to take it to the next level.

MD Moms BabySilk Delicate Skin Comfort Silky Liquid Powder, MD Moms; $ 22 This lotion turns into a powder as its applied to skin. Parents can protect their babys skin without their infant inhaling any talc or powder dust.

Internet Keep Safe Coalition Website (iKeepSafe.org), Free This site provides engaging scenarios showing kids where risky or irresponsible behavior can lead in the virtual world, giving parents a springboard for discussion on screen time, privacy and online abuse.

For a complete list of all 2010 NAPPA Parenting Resources winners and more information about NAPPAs competitions, visit the NAPPA Press Room.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARENTING PUBLICATIONS AWARDS (NAPPA)

When parents see the NAPPA seal, they know they can expect a high-quality, safe, useful and expert-approved product. NAPPA is administered by Parenthood.com and Dominion Media, a division of Dominion Enterprises.

NAPPA was created in 1990 and administers two annual competitions:

Childrens Products includes toys, games, music, software/video games and Web sites, books and magazines, DVDs, and storytelling/spoken-word recordings.

Parenting Resources includes books, CDs, DVDs, maternity and baby gear, safety products, Web sites and a wide range of innovative products that make parenting easier

For more information, visit NAPPA.Parenthood.com.

ABOUT DOMINION MEDIA

Dominion Media (DM) is a division of Dominion Enterprises Inc. DM publishes eight award-winning regional parenting magazines in markets ranging from Boston to Los Angeles. These free publications are distributed where parents live, work and play through local libraries, private schools, preschools, hospitals, doctors offices, museums and specialty retailers. DMs monthly print circulation is approximately 1 million, with an audited nationwide readership of about 2 million. DPM also owns and operates the award-winning Parenthood.com site.

ABOUT DOMINION ENTERPRISES

Dominion Enterprises is a leading marketing services company serving the automotive, enthusiast and commercial vehicle, real estate, apartment rental, and employment industries. The companys businesses provide a comprehensive suite of technology-based marketing solutions including Internet advertising, lead generation, CRM, Web site design and hosting, and data management services. The company has more than 40 market-leading Web sites reaching more than 17.6 million unique visitors monthly, and more than 280 magazines with a weekly circulation of 2.4 million. Headquartered in Norfolk, Va., the company has 4,900 employees in more than 186 offices nationwide. For more information, visit dominionenterprises.com.

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Moms and Dads Use New PhoneRecordFinder.com Resources and Links to Help Protect Children

Kirkland, WA (PRWEB) September 10, 2010

Parents are working hard to protect their children, and that job seems to be getting more difficult as technology advances. But technology also gives parents the tools to make this job easier.

PhoneRecordFinder.com offers one of these tools in an easy-to-use format. Whether looking at cell phone call logs or the statement from a phone bill, enter any phone number (business or personal – land lines and most cell phones available) and find relevant data to help assess who is calling your family. Parents are using this information to have informed conversations with their children about safety.

Now http://www.PhoneRecordFinder.com also offers links and resources to help parents. Parents will find information about keeping kids safe from sexual predators and bullies who may be at school, and/or calling on the phone. PhoneRecordFinder.com now also offers links to national and regional child safety organizations. PhoneRecordFinder.com believes that having informed parents means all children are better off.

PhoneRecordFinder.com offers a clean, visually appealing website where users can easily find the information you are looking for. After entering a phone number in the search bar on the website, PhoneRecordFinder.com will list – for free – where the number is located, and will display a map of the area and additional demographic information. Users can also immediately see what others have to say about that area – what the favorite restaurants are, where to find the best coffee, etc. So your job of keeping your family safe can be enjoyable as well!

For more information visit http://www.PhoneRecordFinder.com

For more information please contact:

Juliette Serr

email: info(at)phonerecordfinder(dot)com

phone: (641) 715-3900 x134404

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Professional Development Resources Serves Continuing Education Needs of School Psychologists


Jacksonville, Florida (PRWEB) October 01, 2011

Professional Development Resources has published several new continuing education (CE) courses that provide school psychologists with evidence-based practices for helping students with a wide variety of difficulties that can impact their school performance. Such difficulties can include not only learning disabilities and reading problems, but also behavior disorders like school refusal and antisocial behavior.

In the State of Florida, there are about 700 licensed School Psychologists. They perform such services as psychoeducational assessments, interpretation of aptitude and intelligence test results, prevention or amelioration of school adjustment problems, and counseling or consultation to students, parents and teachers. They are also trained to assist in the development and implementation of sound learning environments that facilitate the psychoeducational development of students.

Florida School Psychologists are required as part of their biennial state licensure renewal to earn 30 hours of continuing education in areas that will enhance their knowledge and skills in their practice specialties. Of those 30 hours, two are required in the prevention of medical errors in behavioral health care and two in the area of domestic violence. The latter is required before the end of every third renewal period, which for most school psychologists is on November 30, 2011. School psychologists are in a front-line position to detect the possibility of abuse in the children they see every day.

One of the responsibilities we take most seriously is providing the professionals we serve with quality continuing education in domestic violence and the prevention of medical errors in behavioral health, says Leo Christie, PhD, CEO of Professional Development Resources. These two courses which licensed professionals in Florida are required to take help assure the safety of the children and families we serve. The domestic violence requirement is intended to help psychologists maintain a high state of vigilance and recognize signs of possible abuse in the children they see. Prevention of medical errors in behavioral health is largely centered around the protection of confidential information and appropriate use of psychological procedures and instruments.

One of the companys newest CE courses that will be of particular interest to school psychologists is Reading in the Brain, which provides a fascinating look into the brain processes that are used to identify words. It sheds a new light on dyslexia and helps clinicians develop effective literacy instruction. A second new course is School Refusal Behavior: Children Who Cant or Wont Go to School. School refusal is a problem that is stressful for children, for their families, and for school personnel. This course breaks down the distinction between truancy and a number of psychological disorders that may cause a child to refuse to go to school, providing interventions that work.

Among the courses Professional Development Resources offers to school psychologists are:

New Website Offers Resources Based On Courageous The New Movie Centered On Fathers


Vista, CA (PRWEB) October 18, 2011

To accompany the release of the new movie, Courageous, Outreach Inc. is offering a resource website with a collection of products inspired by Courageous that churches and the public can use to help share the principles of the movie with their congregations’ families and fathers.

Courageous, the fourth release of Sherwood Pictures, the moviemaking ministry of Sherwood Church in Albany, Georgia, has already seen box-office success. The movie joins Fireproof, Facing the Giants and Flywheel as entertaining cinematic productions that impact lives through heartfelt stories of faith and hope.

The movie journeys into the lives of four law enforcement officers. When tragedy hits each of the four, the men are left wrestling with their hopes, fears and faith as well as their fathering. The movie realistically depicts the issues related to families who live without a courageous father. According to All Pro Dad, in the United States over 36% of all children (24.7 million) live without their biological fathers. The negative impact of a fathers absence can be seen in education, suicide and behavior studies. A child from a fatherless home is 9 times more likely to drop out of high school as 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes as cited in the National Principals Report on the State of High Schools. According to the U.S. D.H.H.S. Bureau of the Census 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes. And a recent Center for Disease Control report reveals that 85% of all children that exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes.

Working with several of the official Courageous product partners, including B&H Publishing, LifeWay Christian Resources, and DaySpring, Outreach, Inc. has launched CourageousResolutionCertificate.com a website dedicated to Courageous-inspired products including two books titled, The Resolution for Men and The Resolution for Women. The Resolution for Men was written by Alex and Stephen Kendrick, the same writers responsible for the New York Times best seller The Love Dare book that was inspired by their screenwriting for Fireproof. Priscilla Shirer is the author of The Resolution for Women, adding the book to her long list of successful books aimed at helping women.

The site also offers replica prints of The Resolution document seen in the movie being signed by the main character, Adam Mitchell portrayed by Alex Kendrick is also available for men to sign for their families. The website also provides background information on the books, sample chapters and details about the Courageous commemorative certificate. Through the website visitors can also learn more about the movie, view trailers and the read biographies for the authors behind the Resolution books.

About Courageous

Courageous is the fourth release of Sherwood Pictures, the moviemaking ministry of Sherwood Church in Albany, Georgia. Their first release since FIREPROOF, the No. 1 independent film of 2008 and the producers behind Facing the Giants and Flywheel. Courageous tells the story of four men who naturally rise to the duties of serving and protect the streets. But when tragedy strikes home, we become immersed viewers in the lives of strong men who must confront their own hopes, fears and faith to courageously face their biggest role yet – raising children as strong leaders of their family.

About Outreach

Founded in 1996, Outreach, Inc. (http://www.outreach.com) has quickly grown to become the largest provider of church outreach products and services in the world. With a mission to share God’s love and empower the church to share the message of Jesus Christ, Outreach provides cost-effective, proven methods and resources in a variety of forms, including books, media and film, postcard invitations, banners, bulletin covers, curriculum, church campaign materials and more.

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Website Offers Resources Based On Courageous The New Movie Centered On Fathers


Vista, CA (PRWEB) January 18, 2012

To accompany the release of the Courageous DVD, Outreach Inc. is offering a resource website with a collection of products inspired by Courageous that churches and the public can use to help share the principles of the movie with their congregations’ families and fathers.

Courageous, the fourth release of Sherwood Pictures, the moviemaking ministry of Sherwood Church in Albany, Georgia, has already seen box-office success. The movie joins Fireproof, Facing the Giants and Flywheel as entertaining cinematic productions that impact lives through heartfelt stories of faith and hope.

The movie journeys into the lives of four law enforcement officers. When tragedy hits each of the four, the men are left wrestling with their hopes, fears and faith as well as their fathering. The movie realistically depicts the issues related to families who live without a courageous father. According to All Pro Dad, in the United States over 36% of all children (24.7 million) live without their biological fathers. The negative impact of a fathers absence can be seen in education, suicide and behavior studies. A child from a fatherless home is 9 times more likely to drop out of high school as 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes as cited in the National Principals Report on the State of High Schools. According to the U.S. D.H.H.S. Bureau of the Census 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes. And a recent Center for Disease Control report reveals that 85% of all children that exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes.

Working with several of the official Courageous product partners, including B&H Publishing, LifeWay Christian Resources, and DaySpring, Outreach, Inc. has launched http://www.CourageousResolutionCertificate.com a website dedicated to Courageous-inspired products including two books titled, The Resolution for Men and The Resolution for Women. The Resolution for Men was written by Alex and Stephen Kendrick, the same writers responsible for the New York Times best seller The Love Dare book that was inspired by their screenwriting for Fireproof. Priscilla Shirer is the author of The Resolution for Women, adding the book to her long list of successful books aimed at helping women.

The site also offers replica prints of The Resolution document seen in the movie being signed by the main character, Adam Mitchell portrayed by Alex Kendrick is also available for men to sign for their families. The website also provides background information on the books, sample chapters and details about the Courageous commemorative certificate. Through the website visitors can also learn more about the movie, view trailers and the read biographies for the authors behind the Resolution books.

About Courageous

Courageous is the fourth release of Sherwood Pictures, the moviemaking ministry of Sherwood Church in Albany, Georgia. Their first release since FIREPROOF, the No. 1 independent film of 2008 and the producers behind Facing the Giants and Flywheel. Courageous tells the story of four men who naturally rise to the duties of serving and protect the streets. But when tragedy strikes home, we become immersed viewers in the lives of strong men who must confront their own hopes, fears and faith to courageously face their biggest role yet – raising children as strong leaders of their family.

About Outreach

Founded in 1996, Outreach, Inc. (http://www.outreach.com) has quickly grown to become the largest provider of church outreach products and services in the world. With a mission to share God’s love and empower the church to share the message of Jesus Christ, Outreach provides cost-effective, proven methods and resources in a variety of forms, including books, media and film, postcard invitations, banners, bulletin covers, curriculum, church campaign materials and more.

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Family Acceptance Project Family Education Materials Designated 1st Best Practice Resources For Suicide Prevention For LGBT Youth By National Registry


San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) May 16, 2012

With media reports of suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth becoming increasingly common, communities are grappling with the urgent need to identify interventions to prevent suicide and suicidal behavior among LGBT youth. However, until today, no Best Practices have been identified or designated to help reduce vulnerability and risk among LGBT children, youth or adults.

Although recent media attention has focused primarily on the impact of bullying on self-harm behavior. suicide is typically the result of many interacting factors including depression, substance use and despair, in addition to environmental stressors. These complex interactions underscore the need for comprehensive suicide prevention strategies and interventions to change the environment at the systems level. For LGBT youth, family systems are especially important.

For the past decade, the Family Acceptance Project (FAP) at SF State University, under the direction of Dr. Caitlin Ryan, has been studying the impact of family acceptance and rejection on suicide risk among LGBT youth. Published findings from these studies point to the critical role of families in both contributing to and protecting against suicidal behavior and risk among LGBT young people. FAPs multi-disciplinary team has been developing resources, interventions and strategies to help diverse families reduce risk and to promote their LGBT childrens well-being.

The first of these resources a multi-lingual, multi-cultural series of family education booklets Supportive Families, Healthy Children: Helping Families Support their LGBT Children have been designated as the first Best Practice resources for suicide prevention for LGBT youth and young adults by the national Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention.

Coordinated by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and known as the SPRC/AFSP Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention, the registry designates and maintains an expert-reviewed compendium of approved best practices to prevent suicide, all of which address specific aims of the national suicide prevention plan and have met objective criteria based on accuracy, safety, likelihood of meeting suicide prevention objectives, and adherence to prevention guidelines.

Available in specific cultural versions in English, Spanish and Chinese, Supportive Families, Healthy Children education booklets were developed based on extensive research and direct feedback from families, LGBT youth and the providers who serve them. The booklets help ethnically and religiously diverse families understand how specific reactions to their childrens LGBT identity both contribute to and protect against risk for suicide and related health problems. Research-based guidance for families is depicted non-judgmentally using personal stories, lists of behaviors that both protect against and are related to high risk for suicide and other serious health problems, and approaches to decrease family conflict and to increase support. FAPs core research and family education materials were supported by The California Endowment, a health foundation dedicated to expanding access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities.

Said, Dr. Caitlin Ryan, Director of the Family Acceptance Project: Our work is grounded in rigorous research and rooted in the cultural experiences and values of scores of diverse LGBT youth and families. So these family education booklets resonate for very diverse families and help them decrease rejecting behaviors which our research shows — though motivated by care and concern instead contribute to serious health risks for LGBT young people. For example, our research shows that common rejecting behaviors such as trying to prevent LGBT youth from learning about their identity, not allowing them to have gay friends or not letting them participate in an LGBT youth group are related to a 9-times greater likelihood of attempted suicide.

In discussing the importance of FAPs family education materials, Dr. Ann Haas, Director of Prevention Projects for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, noted: For the past decade, Dr. Ryan and her team have undertaken foundational research on the role of families and related social institutions in contributing to protective factors and risk for suicidal behavior among LGBT young people. They have turned that research into powerful prevention tools for diverse families. Used in programs across the country, these tools will save lives.

More than 100,000 copies of the family education booklets have been disseminated across the U.S. and other countries for use in schools, primary care and behavioral health programs, foster care and juvenile justice services, family service agencies, suicide prevention programs, and in pastoral counseling and faith-based organizations. Additionally, the booklets are used in colleges, universities and professional training programs and by government agencies.

Agencies and community groups that use the Family Acceptance Projects Best Practice materials and family intervention approach report substantial positive changes in prevention and practice:

Continuing Education Provider Professional Development Resources Addresses New Florida Child Abuse Law


Jacksonville, Florida (PRWEB) October 16, 2012

Professional Development Resources has updated its online course on domestic violence, which includes modules on child abuse and intimate partner violence, to include the details of Floridas new child abuse law.

The new law, which took effect October 1, 2012, has a number of provisions that make it possibly the toughest child abuse law in the United States. Before the passage of this law officially called the Protection of Vulnerable Persons Act there was no legal requirement to report suspected abuse if the abuser was not a parent or caretaker.

According to a report in the Orlando Sentinel, Colleges and universities that knowingly and willfully fail to report suspected child abuse, abandonment or neglect or prevent another person from doing so now face fines of up to $ 1 million for each incident. And individuals who fail to report abuse and neglect face felony prosecution and fines up to $ 5,000.

The new law also makes reporting of child-on-child abuse mandatory for the first time. While previous laws have required reporting only when the suspected abuser was a parent or caretaker, the new statute applies to any abuser, even those who are children themselves, says the Sentinel article. Children 12 and under who are deemed perpetrators will be referred for treatment and therapy, but those 13 and up will be referred to law enforcement.

All 50 states have laws that mandate reporting of child maltreatment. Some states use more specific definitions of who is a mandated reporter. Others opt for more flexible verbiage in order to cast a wider net. In all states, healthcare providers are mandated reporters.

All mandatory reporting laws use intentionally vague descriptors of the level of concern or certainty the reporter must have in order to initiate a report. Some laws specify cause to believe or suspect in order to achieve the threshold for reporting. In order to encourage wider compliance, all mandatory laws include good faith exemptions from civil prosecution if it is ultimately determined that maltreatment cannot be substantiated.

In the State of Florida, mental health professionals are periodically required to complete a continuing education course on domestic violence. Professional Development Resources has updated its course Domestic Violence: Child Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence to update readers on the new protections and reporting requirements included in Floridas new child abuse law.

We are proud that the State of Florida has taken this initiative to help protect children, says Leo Christie, PhD, president of Professional Development Resources, Inc. We are taking advantage of the opportunity to pass along this new information to all of the professionals who rely on our company to keep them up to date on mandatory reporting of child abuse.

About Professional Development Resources, Inc.

Professional Development Resources is a Florida nonprofit educational corporation founded in 1992 by licensed marriage and family therapist Leo Christie, PhD. The company, which is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as well as many other national and state boards has focused its efforts on making continuing education courses more cost-effective and widely accessible to health professionals by offering online home study coursework. Its current expanded curriculum includes a wide variety of clinical topics intended to equip health professionals to offer state-of-the art services to their clients.

Contact:

Leo Christie, PhD, CEO

Professional Development Resources, Inc.

904-645-3456

http://www.pdresources.org/