pediatric trauma care

Refining a Web-based Tool to Help Children Recover from Trauma

June 23, 2015
With millions of children each year exposed to potentially traumatic events, there is a great need for accessible early preventive interventions that could promote recovery and decrease the chances of developing persistent posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS). But there is only a small number of published evaluation studies of such early interventions for children, and few have found clear evidence of preventing or reducing PTSS. We are working to close that gap with the development of a web-based intervention called Coping Coach.

New Resource Alert: Continuing Education Courses for Nurses

January 20, 2015
To help nurses build additional skills in how to provide trauma-informed care, the Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress is now offering free continuing education courses on the website. These trainings are based on the “DEF Protocol” which helps nurses address distress, emotional support, and family needs in a systematic manner.

What Nurses Know About Trauma-informed Care

January 12, 2015
Nurses play a key role in children’s physical and psychological recovery from injury. We are often the first to recognize and respond to the emotional impact of injury on families. A new study published in the Journal of Pediatric Nursing provides the first systematic look at what nurses think and do with regard to trauma-informed care for children.

Consider This Framework for Treating PTS in Children After Acute Medical Trauma

December 2, 2014
Working at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, I have been impressed by our medical teams’ efforts to support children and families by paying attention to both their physical treatment and recovery, as well as their emotional recovery. In assessing our patients for medical treatment, many questions need to be answered for our team to help promote optimal recovery and to minimize negative emotional reactions such as posttraumatic stress. We recently developed a new model to help organize our thought processes and questions around recovery from medical events and to fuel future research in understanding factors that are associated with child outcomes.


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