STM Learning – formerly G.W. Medical – is the expert in publishing leading clinical research for professionals who are in positions to serve and protect victims of abuse. Our customers consider STM Learning products to be the most trusted scientific, technical, and medical resources available to aid in their efforts to identify, report, treat, and prevent child maltreatment and domestic violence.
We back each of our books with the latest evidence-based research and techniques identified by STM Learning’s interdisciplinary team of more than 800 authors and contributors. These men and women are internationally renowned leaders in their fields, representing government, law enforcement, psychiatry and psychology, social service, research, forensic nursing, public education, advocacy groups, and the judiciary, among others.
This combined expertise is reflected in STM Learning’s current product library, which includes more than 40 clinical guides, photographic atlases, and training curricula covering a wide range of maltreatment issues, such as:
• Child abuse and neglect
• Child sexual exploitation
• Sexual assault
• Intimate partner violence
• Abusive head trauma
• Child fatality
• Recognition of child abuse for mandated reporters
We provide products in multiple formats to accommodate classroom, training, and courtroom settings and, in response to customer needs, we are continuing to add new titles and information resources each year. Our comprehensive collection of scientific, technical, and medical products will soon include more training curricula approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and Nursing Contact Hours; greater access to our archive of more than 8,000 digital images and case studies; and new products on child sexual abuse, intimate partner violence, mental health, mandated reporting, and nursing approaches to child maltreatment.
STM Learning is dedicated to publishing books, training curricula, and multimedia resources with one focus in mind: advocating for the awareness and protection of victims of maltreatment.
Our mission is simple: To become the world leader in publishing and information services on child abuse, child maltreatment, and domestic violence; to heighten awareness of these issues; and to provide relevant information to professionals and consumers who are in a position to identify, interpret, report, prevent, or treat child maltreatment and domestic violence.
At STM Learning, we are not in business simply for the sake of being well-known. For 20 years, we have remained steadfast in our genuine desire to support those on the frontline who protect innocent lives.
One of the main tenants of the STM Learning mission is to provide relevant information to professionals and consumers who are in a position to identify, interpret, report, prevent, or treat child maltreatment and domestic violence.
Many of our customers are “mandated reporters” individuals who, by virtue of their jobs, have regular interaction with children, the elderly, the disabled, and other potentially vulnerable populations and, therefore, are required to report whenever physical or sexual abuse, domestic violence, or other forms of maltreatment have been witnessed or are suspected.
STM Learning has become the premier provider of evidence-based clinical guides and photographic atlases designed to help mandated reporters and other advocates accurately assess, interpret, and report maltreatment. In 2010, nearly 58.6% of all reports of abuse were made by mandated reporters and other professionals. We regularly develop new products and revised editions of our guides, atlases, and training curricula, as maltreatment cases continue to occur at an alarming rate. Our goal is to ensure that our customers have access to the most current identification, investigative, reporting, and documentation techniques available to help them protect maltreatment victims.
Our early products focused solely on the maltreatment and abuse of children. Although our emphasis has expanded in recent years to include research and analysis of adult sexual assault and domestic violence, the protection and treatment of children remain a priority. National statistics show that children are continuing to be victimized at extremely high rates.
- • Four children die every day as a result of child abuse. Of these fatalities, 78.3% are 4 years old or younger. Sadly, 79.2% of these fatalities were caused by one or both parents. Perpetrators of child abuse and neglect are often the very people responsible for the child's safety and well-being, including parents, other relatives, and babysitters.
- • In 2010, an average of 1,904 children were victims of child abuse each day. The impact of abuse is far greater than its immediate, visible effects. Abuse and neglect are associated with short- and long-term consequences that may include brain damage, developmental delays, learning disorders, difficulty in forming relationships, aggressive behavior, and depression.
- ◊ Survivors of child abuse and neglect may be at greater risk for problems later in life, such as low academic achievement, drug use, teen pregnancy, and criminal behavior that affect not just the child and family, but society as a whole.
- • An estimated 3.3 million referrals of maltreatment were made in 2010. In almost 61% of these cases, the information provided in the referral was sufficient to prompt an investigation. As a result of these investigations, 436,321 children were found to have been victims of abuse or neglect.
- ◊ More than 78.3% of victims experienced neglect, meaning a caregiver failed to provide for the child's basic needs.
- ◊ Fewer victims were found to be physically abused (17.6%) or sexually abused (9.2%), though these cases are often more likely to be published.
- • Boys and girls are almost equally likely to experience neglect and physical abuse. However, girls are 4 times more likely to experience sexual abuse, though boys have a higher fatality rate.
- • Children of all races and ethnicities experience child abuse. In 2010, 44.8% of all reported victims were White; 21.9% were African American; and 20.4% were Hispanic.
These numbers are the basis of STM Learning’s mission. We will continue to work closely with our partners in medicine, law enforcement, social services, and the legal system to provide specialized clinical research that supports their ongoing efforts to end abuse.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau (2010). Child Maltreatment 2010. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office.
STM Learning was founded in 1992 by graphic designer Glenn Whaley. At the time, Glenn owned and operated G.W. Graphics. He transitioned his company to G.W. Medical Publishing after deciding to use his formal design expertise to bring awareness to the plight of child abuse. That project resulted in the 1st edition of Child Maltreatment, a groundbreaking 1,200-page guide and photographic atlas that gave medical, legal, law enforcement, and community professionals a much-needed clinical resource to help identify, report, and prosecute child abuse cases.
The success of Child Maltreatment created a market demand for more research-based, clinical materials that could be used across multiple disciplines. These requests led to the publishing of Recognition of Child Abuse for the Mandated Reporter, followed by Child Abuse Quick Reference.
As our product library grew, we recognized the need for a company name that better reflected our full range of scientific, technical, and medical resources. In 2009, we changed our name to STM Learning to mirror this expansion and to acknowledge the evidence-based, expert content contained in each of our guides, atlases, and training curricula.
Little to no maltreatment and abuse information was available for frontline professionals when we began. Today, STM Learning’s in-house editorial and graphic design team partners with more than 800 expert authors and contributors. We currently have more than 40 published products and 60 new titles in production, earning us a reputation among our customers as the leading publisher of maltreatment and abuse information services.
Editorial and Design Process
STM Learning is the premier publisher of information services on child abuse, child maltreatment, and domestic violence. We’ve earned this position, in part, because of the integrity of our publishing model, which relies on a well-executed editorial and design process.
Collaborative Product Planning: STM Learning partners with nationally and internationally renowned medical, legal, law enforcement, community, education, and social services experts to identify relevant clinical research and training content for our customers.
These professionals are among the most knowledgeable in their respective fields and have access to the latest studies, data, and trends on the identification, reporting, and treatment of abuse. With their help, STM Learning is able to develop interdisciplinary products that not only respond to our customers’ specialized training and research needs, but also keeps them at the forefront of their mission to prevent child maltreatment and domestic violence.
Professional and Experienced Authors and Contributors: Content for each STM Learning guide, photographic and pocket atlas, and training curriculum is developed organically to give our customers the most up-to-date research and training information. More than 800 world-recognized professionals are responsible for developing substantive content for each STM Learning title. Their expertise ensures that every chapter is well researched, accurately presented, and effectively supplemented with high-quality images and case studies.
Extensive Peer-Review Process: STM Learning applies an extensive peer-review process to every chapter we produce. Leading experts from multiple disciplines carefully review content and images to ensure accuracy, proper tone, and use of current research. Peer-review comments are then shared with all authors and contributors for updates and revisions. The STM Learning editorial team collaborates with authors and contributors to help maintain the overall integrity of each book throughout the peer-review and editorial process. We take careful measures to make sure that, above all, STM Learning products are of the highest quality, relevance, and accuracy for every customer.
Consistency of Style: To ensure quick use and easy reference, all STM Learning reference books (quick reference or otherwise) have the similar format of text, uniform table construction and indexing, giving customers consistency in the reading of each separate book.
Any professional or mandated reporter can pick up an STM Learning product and immediately use it, without a period of familiarization. This is done to ensure that a professional or mandated reporter may effectively use these books in the field without much preparation, which is essential for identifying abuse. Adding to its convenience, the two-volume sets are accompanied by condensed quick-references that are spiral-bound and color-coded.
Visual Aesthetics: STM Learning incorporates visual aesthetics to maximize the efficacy in reading and scanning individual pages. Each page is consistent and balanced, leaving sufficient margin space and placing pictures and text in ways that supplement, rather than interfere with, the reader's understanding of both.
Each photograph is individually color corrected for the specific printing press; we set all of our publications in Garamond font with a maximum column width for exceptional readability. For our hardbound editions, we use an 8-1/2"x 11" trim size to facilitate large reproductions of high-resolution photography for our color atlases.
Furthermore, because STM Learning books are made with mandated reporters in mind, pictures are allocated to enhance the contrast of abuse versus birth marks/defects. Identifying injury versus accident and natural injuries/birth marks versus abuse is a critical aspect for mandated reporters. For that reason, STM Learning takes into account the need for considering such small details as picture arrangements.
Superior Typography and Physical Attributes: STM Learning produces handsome hardbound editions on acid-free paper. The books are casebound in Skivertex and are Smyth-sewn so they will always lie flat when opened, adding to their ease of use. We strive to print all of our books exclusively on high quality four-color presses to ensure consistency and excellence. All books are individually shrink-wrapped, and two-volume sets are shipped in complimentary slipcases.
We take great pride in every element of the design process, which is constructed to create maximum efficiency for use and clarity of information.
Benefits of STM Learning Products
Law enforcement, legal, medical, and social services professionals worldwide consider STM Learning products the most trusted resource for individuals and organizations in positions to identify, report, treat, and prevent maltreatment and abuse.
STM Learning customers are guaranteed the following benefits when they purchase our products:
Scientific and evidence-based content: Professionals who buy STM Learning books, photographic atlases, and training curricula have access to the latest scientific evidence, reports, medical and legal information, and high-resolution images to recognize signs of abuse, advise victims in threatening situations, and provide scientific and forensic information when investigating and reporting. To view our products in detail, visit Books & Media.
Expert authors and contributors: STM Learning’s books, photographic atlases, and training curricula are developed by an interdisciplinary team of more than 800 authors and contributors. Their combined expertise ensures that each STM Learning product has the versatility to address the needs of professionals in multiple disciplines, including government officials, law enforcement personnel, social services representatives, forensic nurses, educators, advocacy groups, physicians, and legal representatives, among others.
High-quality design and editorial procedures: The STM Learning publishing model relies on a well-executed editorial and design process that ensures accuracy and ease of use for our customers. Our team of peer-review experts who represent multiple disciplines take time to carefully assess every book, photographic atlas, and training chapter for proper tone and the use of the most current and relevant clinical research. We combine our thorough editorial process with design that emphasizes consistency of style within and across products; careful attention to visual aesthetics, including color correction of each individual photograph; and typography and book binding that make each STM Learning product easy to read and use in classroom, courtroom, and training settings. Please visit Editorial & Design Process for more information.