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  • Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assistants
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
Author(s): Lynn Douglas Mouden, DDS, MPH, FICD, FACD
Peer Reviewer(s): John Kenney, DDS, MS
Item#: L0719
Contents: 1 Course Book (58 pages)
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Family Violence: Implications for Connecticut Dental Patients and Practice, Updated 1st Edition

Price $19.95
Item # L0719
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Release Date: February 1, 2013

Revised Date: January 15, 2016

Expiration Date: June 29, 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. Approximately 75% of physical abuse involves injuries to the head, neck, and mouth. Orofacial injuries resulting from family violence are often easy to identify in the dental setting. 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 Connecticut.

AGD Subject Code: 155 & 156

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.


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 Connecticut state laws and regulations governing the roles and responsibilities of dental professionals on issues of child abuse and maltreatment

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 & 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.

Dr. Mouden serves as the American Dental Association’s national spokesperson on family violence prevention and was a consultant to the Children’s Dental Health Project. He is a founder of the Prevent Abuse and Neglect through Dental Awareness (P.A.N.D.A.) program and developed the P.A.N.D.A. educational programs. For his efforts in family violence prevention and oral health advocacy, Dr. Mouden received the Missouri Dental Association’s Dentist of the Year and Distinguished Service awards. He has also received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors and the Chief Dental Officer Exemplary Service Award from the U.S. Public Health Service.

John Kenney, DDS, MS, earned a bachelor of science degree in 1968 from Christian Brothers College in Memphis and a master’s degree in oral biology in 1979 from Loyola University in Chicago. He received his dental degree in 1977 and a certificate of specialty in pediatric dentistry in 1979, both from Loyola University School of Dentistry. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Board of Forensic Odontology. He is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

Dr. Kenney has been in private practice of pediatric dentistry for more than three decades, and served 14 years as the chief forensic odontologist for the Cook County (Illinois) Medical Examiner’s Office. He is currently a sworn deputy coroner in DuPage County, Illinois. Dr. Kenney is a past president of the American Board of Forensic Odontology (twice) and trustee and secretary of the Forensic Sciences Foundation. He has written numerous articles and book chapters on child abuse and domestic violence and has lectured around the world on forensic odontology and on dentistry’s role in detecting and preventing domestic violence.

  • 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