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December/January 2018Vol. 18, No. 9Pediatric Medical Traumatic Stress Toolkit for Health-Care Providers

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers the Pediatric Medical Traumatic Stress Toolkit, which is a set of tools intended for medical professionals to help them effectively assess and treat medical traumatic stress in children. The toolkit centers on the D-E-F Protocol for trauma-informed care, which focuses on helping providers respond to distress, offering emotional support, and providing family-centered care for children who have experienced trauma and their families.

The toolkit includes an introduction to traumatic stress as it relates to children facing illness, injury, and other medical issues; practical tips and tools for health-care providers; and handouts for parents that present evidence-based tips for helping their child cope. The toolkit also features the stories of two children, Tommy and Maria, as composite cases to illustrate the ways the toolkit materials could be useful to providers at different points in the continuum of care.

Pediatric Medical Traumatic Stress Toolkit is available at