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Violence Prevention Tools

The Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia offers free evidence-based violence prevention education tools for teens, parents, community members, and educators. These violence prevention education resources can be used to prevent youth violence and build community.

Violence Prevention Education Webinar Series

Experts from VPI regularly conduct free educational webinars on various topics related to youth violence prevention. The webinars are recorded and are available below. Sign up to receive alerts about upcoming violence prevention education webinars.

  • Secondary Traumatic Stress: Impact on Providers, Patients and Families
    Date: January 23, 2018
    Presenters: Nancy Kassam-Adams, PhD; Kristen Kohser, MSW, LSW; Carol Murray, MSS, MLSP; Laura Vega, MSW, LCSW
    Target Audience: Healthcare providers, psychologists, social workers, child life specialists, and other patient service providers
  • Human Trafficking in Adolescents
    Date: August 15, 2017
    Presenters: Marné Castillo, PhD, MEd; Jasmine Oglesby, MSW; Erica Smith, MEd
    Target Audience: Social workers and other healthcare providers, including physicians, nurses,  mental health professionals, educators, administrators, counselors
  • Intimate Partner Violence and Pediatrics
    Date: May 10, 2017
    Presenters: Rachel Myers, PhD; Ashlee Murray, MD, MPH; Marcella Slick, MSW, LSW; India Azzinaro, BSW
    Target Audience: Primary care physicians, pediatricians, psychiatrists, advance practice providers (physician assistants, advance practice nurses) nurses, psychologists 
  • Suicide Prevention in Children and Adolescents
    Date: November 9, 2016
    Presenters: Jeremy Esposito, MD, MSEd; Anik Jhonsa, MD; Flaura Winston, MD, PhD
    Target Audience: Primary care physicians, pediatricians, psychiatrists, advance practice providers (physician assistants, advance practice nurses,) nurses, psychologists
  • Counseling Families on Gun Safety in the Home
    Date: September 10, 2015
    Presenters: Joel Fein, MD, MPH; Michael Nance, MD, FACS, FAAP; Mary Fabio, MD, FAAP
    Target Audience: Physicians, nurses, social workers, mental health professionals, educators, administrators, counselors
  • Preventing Bullying and Empowering Teachers
    Date: February 2, 2015
    Presenters: Stephen Leff, PhD and Christine Waanders, PhD
    Target Audience: Teachers, administrators, and counselors in elementary and middle school grades
    Additional Webinar Materials Written Reflection Exercise
  • An Introduction to the Delivery of Trauma-Informed Care in Medical and Mental Health Settings
    Date: June 4, 2014
    Presenter: Meghan Marsac, PhD
    Target Audience: Pediatric healthcare providers

Educational Fact Sheets

The fact sheets below were developed by experts at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Download and distribute them to families, youth, educators, and other groups with a stake in youth violence prevention education.

All About Bullying

* This fact sheet is targeted directly to youth.

Legislative Testimony on Youth Gun Violence

  • In May 2016, CHOP VPI Fellow and Director of the Pediatric Trauma Program Michael Nance, MD, testified before Pennsylvania's House Democratic Policy Committee Hearing on House Bill 1010, a bill that would close some loopholes in Pennsylvania's background checks for gun purchases. Dr. Nance drew from his personal experience as a trauma surgeon at CHOP, as well as his expertise in firearms research. Download Dr. Nance's Pennsylvania House testimony 
  • In April 2016, CHOP VPI Co-Director Joel Fein, MD, MPH, testified before the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Public Safety to inform the establishment of a comprehensive strategy for reducing and eliminating youth gun violence. Dr. Fein's comments describe research from CHOP on why teenagers in Philadelphia might access a gun, giving voice to these youth. Download Dr. Fein's City Council testimony

Violence Prevention Education Resources for Families

Click here to access information for adolescents and parents about anti-violence programs and services with contact/hotline numbers.

Violence Prevention Education Related Blog Posts

Click here to access viewpoints about violence prevention-related topics from the Research in Action blog.