Where are you going to find the time to pack one more thing into the short time you spend with patients? How are you going to remember? What are you going to do when the patient answers these questions? Providing trauma informed care certainly seems daunting at first.


Recognizing these challenges, the DEF Protocol helps doctors and nurses identify ways they can incorporate trauma informed care into the care they're already providing to ill or injured children and their families. The DEF Protocol guides healthcare professionals through a quick and simple assessment of a patient's distress, emotional support and family needs.


To guide doctors and nurses on how to implement the DEF Protocol into daily practice, the Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress created a series of free continuing education "how-to" courses, and the E is for Emotional Support course is the latest course available. This course not only helps providers assess the emotional support needs of their patients and families, but also gives clinically relevant examples of DEF Protocol in action. The course will help doctors and nurses address questions such as: 

Who and what does patient need now?

  • Help child and parents identify support needs & effective coping strategies.
  • Empower parents to comfort and help their child.
  • Encourage child to stay in touch with friends.

Barriers to mobilizing existing supports?

  • Are parents able to be with child for procedures?
  • Are parents able to help calm and soothe child?
  • Do parents understand child's condition & treatment plan?
  • Are others in the child's / family's support system aware of current situation and able to help?


Registration and continuing education credit for the E is for Emotional Support is simple and free! Make sure to also enroll in the D is for Distress and the Pediatric Medical Trauma Stress: An Introduction for Healthcare Providers to learn more about how to implement trauma informed care into daily practice.