Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress


The Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress (CPTS) at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia addresses medical trauma in the lives of children and families. Founded in 2002 as a multidisciplinary intervention development center within the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, CPTS has recently received additional funding by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to further its work in preventing and treating medical traumatic stress in healthcare settings.

As the only center within the NCTSN focused solely on addressing medical traumatic stress, CPTS seeks to:

Our partners

Many professionals contribute to our work. CPTS staff collaborates with:

Working with our partners, we study the effects of medical traumatic stress on children, adolescents and families, and use our findings to raise awareness and improve treatment.

Our activities

Our resources

In collaboration with the NCTSN, CPTS has developed a number of resources for medical and mental health providers to use in preventing and treating medical traumatic stress. These include:

For more information regarding these or other resources for medical or mental health providers, please contact: Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress, at

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