Family Violence: Implications for Maryland Dental Practice, Updated 1st Ed. - L0721


About Course #L0721

Release Date: February 1, 2013

Revised Date: June 14, 2019

Expiration Date: December 31, 2019

Individuals of all age groups can be affected by family violence. Family violence includes child abuse and neglect, intimate partner violence, as well as abuse and neglect of disabled persons, vulnerable adults, and the elderly. This basic-level course will enable all members of the dental team to recognize the physical and behavioral signs and symptoms of family violence, differentiate indicators of trauma from normal conditions or accidental injuries, and easily adapt clinical protocols to include identification and intervention for victims of family violence. By applying their knowledge of symptomology and providing appropriate intervention, every member of the dental team can help stem the epidemic of family violence. This course contains legislative information, statistics, and resources specific to the State of Maryland.

AGD Subject Code: 155 and 156

Course Objectives

  • 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 disabled persons abuse
  • 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 the Maryland state laws and regulations governing the roles and responsibilities of dental professionals on issues of child abuse and maltreatment

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

About the Author(s)

Lynn Douglas Mouden, DDS, MPH, FICD, FACD, is an internationally recognized author and lecturer on the clinical and legal aspects of family violence prevention and oral health advocacy. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas; his DDS, with distinction, from the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC); and his master's degree in public health from the University of North Carolina. After 16 years of private practice, 8 years with the Missouri Department of Health, and 12 years as the director of the Arkansas Office of Oral Health, he now serves as the Chief Dental Officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He also holds faculty appointments at the UMKC School of Dentistry and the College of Dentistry of the University of Tennessee, as well as three faculty appointments at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in the colleges of Medicine, Public Health, and Health Professions.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content
  • There are no prerequisites for this course