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How to do Safety Screenings
Release and Expiration Dates
Released: 1/19/21
Expires:    1/19/27
Last Reviewed Date
1/19/2021, 1/20/2024
How to do Safety Screenings

How to do Safety Screenings is a TCAA course created from a webinar which provides communication skills as well as methods to collect the sensitive data required when taking care of pediatric patients.  Social activities such as alcohol and drug abuse, sexual activity and feeling safe in their environment are now mandated in many EMR and trauma programs. Data collection for these social activities can be uncomfortable for both the provider as well as the patient. 

Estimated completion time:
60 minutes
Target Audience: The trauma healthcare team and other clinical departments

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the learner should be better able to:
1. Gain knowledge of appropriate methods and tools when screening for safety
2. Apply strategies to increase effective communication among age groups

Faculty Presenters: Karen Gudic and Melik Coffey

Faculty Bios:

Melik D.H. Coffey, MSW, LCSW,

Melik Coffey is a licensed mental health clinician with over a decade of experience in clinical services such as intakes/assessments, individual, family, and group therapy, crisis intervention, and case management. As a graduate of the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University, Saint Louis, Melik has chosen to base his area of clinical focus on Child and Adolescent mental health, Youth Violence Prevention, Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation, and Criminogenic Risk and Behavioral Health Needs. Melik has furthered his education and learning at the Saint Louis Psychoanalytic Institute where he was trained in psychodynamic practice to better treat individuals and families who have experienced compound and complex trauma. Melik currently serves as the clinical case manager/ mentor for the Life Outside of Violence program at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in Saint Louis, MO.

Karen Gudic, MSW LCSW

Karen Gudic is a licensed social worker with over twenty years’ experience with all her of her experience focusing on trauma, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect and Human Trafficking and Sexual exploitation.    She has been working at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital for the past 12 years.  For the past 6 years, she has been the designated trauma social worker. 

Peer Reviewer
Loreen Meyer
Tiffany Fibiano

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Availability: On-Demand
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
1 CE Credit
1 COP Credit
1 TCAA CME Credit
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