Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress

Role of Healthcare Professionals

Children and families experiencing pediatric traumatic stress may be seen at any point along the healthcare continuum so it's important to be able to recognize and treat the symptoms of traumatic stress. CPTS advocates a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach with interventions in medical settings. Interventions should:

Trauma-informed healthcare

CPTS believes that all medical and mental health providers working with children and families in medical settings should be "trauma-informed." The D-E-F protocol provides a straightforward and reliable method for identifying and addressing basic traumatic stress reactions in patients and their families.

D – Reduce distress

E – Promote emotional support

F – Remember the family

Training and education

Our Center offers educational materials and training programs to medical and mental health professionals, children and families. Topics include pediatric traumatic stress and empirically-supported interventions that can prevent and treat traumatic stress responses.

Materials for healthcare providers and their patients

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Contact Us

Contact CPTS for more information at cpts@email.chop.edu.