Childhood Trauma and Toxic Stress - 2017

Welcome to the training on Childhood Trauma and Toxic Stress provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).


The goal of this module is to educate Texas Health Steps providers and other health-care professionals who care for pediatric and adolescent patients about childhood trauma and toxic stress.

Target Audience

Texas Health Steps providers and other interested health-care professionals.

Specific Learning Objectives

After completing the activities of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Compare toxic stress with other types of stress response.
  2. Specify one way toxic stress can impact a child over his or her lifespan.
  3. Interpret the role of the provider in addressing toxic stress.
  4. Distinguish between the two types of trauma screening questions.
  5. Interpret one ethical guideline for deciding whether to report suspected abuse or neglect.
  6. Establish one way a provider can help families understand trauma and its impact.
  7. Specify the definition of culturally sensitive trauma-informed care.
  8. Identify one way a provider can create a trauma-sensitive practice environment.
  9. Determine one resource developed to help families cope with a child suffering from trauma.

All data presented in the module reflect the most recent year for available data.

Please note this module expires on 9/4/2017.

Note: References to parents in this module also imply caregivers or guardians.