Many mental health professionals are familiar with child trauma and traumatic stress related to child abuse, neglect, and exposure to violence. Medical trauma has some distinct characteristics that may impact the course of traumatic stress symptoms and have implications for medical care and psychosocial intervention, including:

  • Experience of pain / ongoing pain
  • Painful / distressing procedures
  • Sedation and loss of consciousness
  • Separation and isolation
  • Exposure to sickness, injuries, or death of others
  • Ongoing physical and health consequences

Resource Guide for Mental Health Professionals

Whether working as a consultant to the child’s health care team or seeing children in the context of their own practice, mental health professionals working with ill or injured children and their families need an understanding of pediatric medical traumatic stress and the available interventions and resources.

Based on the most recent research, Working with Children and Families Experiencing Medical Traumatic Stress: A Resource Guide for Mental Health Professionals is designed to help psychosocial professionals who are working with children and families impacted by illness or injury. This resource is for professionals who are familiar with trauma-focused treatment, and provides an overview of pediatric medical traumatic stress (PMTS), resources and materials to educate medical colleagues (physicians, nurses, physician assistants), and psychosocial screening, assessment, and intervention resources and materials.

Download Working with Children and Families Experiencing Medical Traumatic Stress: A Resource Guide for Mental Health Professionals to learn about pediatric medical traumatic stress and improve mental health care for ill or injured pediatric patients and families.