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For Health Care Professionals: Pediatric Medical Traumatic Stress (PMTS) and Working with the Child Welfare System (1 CEU credit-Free) 

When children involved in the child welfare system need medical care, they are particularly in need of providers knowledgeable in trauma-informed care. Illness- or injury-related posttraumatic stress reactions can impair a child's psychosocial / functional recovery and lead to worse health outcomes. While any ill or injured child may experience pediatric medical traumatic stress (PMTS), children in foster care, who often have a prior trauma history or lack social support, are at greater risk.

Enhance your skills in trauma-informed care and learn tips for working effectively with the child welfare system as a health care professional. Upon completion of this continuing education course, nurses will be able to: 

  • Identify signs, symptoms and risk factors of PMTS for children in the child welfare system.
  • Explain basic strategies and recommendations for providing medical care to children in the child welfare system. 
  • Describe how best to work with the child welfare system to ensure that children are getting the help and support that they need.

Pediatric Medical Traumatic Stress: An Introduction for Health Care Professionals 

(1.1 CE credit- Free) 

This continuing education course provides nurses with an introduction to 

  • traumatic stress reactions related to injury and illness
  • how to identify risk factors and signs and symptoms of emotional trauma in children 
  • how to address these reactions in the context of everyday pediatric care. 

Using two case examples, the continuing education course applies the DEF Protocol for trauma-informed care to real nursing situations and addresses common concerns that nurses have about assessing and addressing child and parent distress. 


DEF Protocol series – Learn key skills for pediatric trauma informed care and earn CE pediatric trauma informed care

A three part “how to” guide to build key skills to implement the DEF [Distress, Emotional Support and Family] Protocol with pediatric patients and families.


Trauma Informed Education Part 1: D is for Distress: Helping Pediatric Patients with Pain, Fears, and Worries  (1 CEU credit-Free) 

Part 1 of your "How to Guide" for the DEF Protocol.  Interactive continuing education course. Utilizing the “real life” case example of Anthony and parents, nurses will help Anthony cope with pain, fear and worries.  



Trauma Informed Education Part 2 - E is for Emotional Support: Who and What Does Your Patient Need Now? (1 CEU credit-Free) 

Part 2 of your "How to Guide" for the DEF Protocol.  Interactive continuing education course. Utilizing the “real life” case example of Melanie and her family, nurses will help the health care team and family members provide Melanie with effective emotional support. 



Trauma Informed Education Part 3 - F is for Family: Remembering Family Stress and Coping (1 CEU credit-Free)

Part 3 of your "How to Guide" for the DEF Protocol.  Interactive continuing education course. Utilizing the “real life” case example of James and his family, nurses will assess family members' needs to ensure parents and siblings are able to cope with the stress and challenges they may experience when their child is ill, injured, or in the hospital. 



Trauma Informed Pediatric Care - Tommy's Story

30 minute trauma informed education video for medical and mental health providers - describes trauma-informed care for ill and injured children and their families. This trauma informed education video follows Tommy and his family from the emergency department through inpatient and outpatient care, and allows providers to see how trauma and traumatic stress is experienced through Tommy's eyes.

Additional Continuing Education and Trauma Informed Education Resources

Parenting a Child with Cancer: Have you Hugged Yourself Today?

A child’s illness changes a parent’s life. Caregiving, even under the best circumstances, can be extremely stressful. During this 1-hour long trauma informed education teleconference recorded for Beyond the Cure, Dr. Anne Kazak, Ph.D, ABPP describes the impact of childhood cancer on parents and teaches coping strategies for self care. Parents who take care of themselves are better prepared to take care of their children.

Creating Child-Informed Trauma-Serving Systems - Pediatric Health Care

In this NCTSN webinar Nancy Kassam-Adams, PhD describes the prevalence, risk factors, and impact of pediatric medical trauma on ill or injured children and families. She shares evidence based interventions for preventing and treating medical traumatic stress as well as tools and resources healthcare providers can utilize with pediatric patients and families. Note: Webinar can be found in the Creating Trauma Informed Systems, under the Continuing Education section. Both the webinar and CEU's are free; however you must create an account to log on and listen.

Psychological First Aid (PFA) Online Training (Nursing CEU's available)

A 6-hour interactive continuing education course on psychosocial aspects of disaster response. Features demonstrations and tips from the nation’s trauma experts and survivors. PFA online also offers a Learning Community where participants can share experiences using PFA in the field, receive guidance during times of disaster, and obtain additional resources and training. Hosted by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network's Learning Center. Registration required.

Managing Procedural Anxiety in Children

Medical care and procedures cause much anxiety for children and parents. Learn the signs of acute anxiety in children and techniques to minimize these reactions and increase cooperation in care. This video is available to New England Journal of Medicine subscribers only. Check your institution for access.