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Trauma-Informed Integrated Healthcare System

Wherever primary providers encounter children and families – whether in a clinic, hospital ER, school, or at a private outpatient practice – there are opportunities to integrate trauma-informed practices into the care families receive. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed tools and materials for building skills and increasing knowledge about childhood trauma to help healthcare providers understand and respond to the needs of traumatized children. 

Health Care Toolbox

The goals of Health Care Toolbox are to increase awareness of medical traumatic stress in children, provide information and evidence-based recommendations for health care providers, and guide parents and families to resources to help them cope with a child’s illness of injury. They offer free CE for nurses and handouts.

Toolkit & Tip sheet

Pediatric Medical Traumatic Stress Toolkit

Offers a compendium of tools to guide medical professionals in effectively assessing and treating medical traumatic stress in children and families. This toolkit helps providers address the emotional, as well as the physical side of trauma. It is anchored by the D-E-F Protocol for trauma-informed care, which helps providers respond to Distress, offer Emotional support, and ensure Family-centered care for traumatized children and families. This toolkit includes guidebooks on implementing trauma-informed care, with case studies and examples, as well as complimentary patient handouts for children and parents with evidence-based tips and activities. 

Youth Engagement in the Emergency Room

A Youth Created Tip Sheet for Emergency Room Staff.

Training Module

Health Care Practitioner Module and Resources

The Florida State University Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy (CPEIP), working in collaboration with the Center on the Developing Child and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), developed these Early Childhood Health Optimization resources for pediatricians, OB/GYNs, therapists, and Care Coordinators across the state of Florida. Available free of charge via CPEIP’s website, the resources include an interactive, multimedia module (approximately 52 minutes) and discussion guide introducing practitioners to the science of early childhood development, toxic stress, executive function, resilience and mental health.