The Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress (CPTS) at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia addresses medical trauma in the lives of children and families. Founded in 2002 as a multidisciplinary intervention development center within the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, CPTS has recently received additional funding by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to further its work in preventing and treating medical traumatic stress in healthcare settings.
As the only center within the NCTSN focused solely on addressing medical traumatic stress, CPTS seeks to:

  • Increase awareness and recognition of medical traumatic stress by healthcare providers.
  • Develop and promote empirically based screening and intervention for children and families who have experienced traumatic stress due to pediatric illness and injury.
  • Provide training to medical and mental health providers about best practices in assessing and treating medical traumatic stress.
  • Develop and disseminate resources about coping with traumatic stress to ill and injured children and their families.

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