CE Credit

Interpersonal Youth Violence

Welcome to the training on Interpersonal Youth Violence provided by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

Credit hours: 1.50 CE


The goal of this module is to equip Texas Health Steps providers and other health-care professionals to recognize the manifestations and impact of interpersonal youth violence and employ best practices for screening, counseling and prevention.

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. Examine manifestations and consequences of violence, including bullying, dating violence, sexting, self-injury and increased risk for suicide.
  2. Apply screening, individualized counseling and prevention strategies that are recommended for use in primary care.
  3. Evaluate a health-care provider’s ethical responsibility to respond to an adolescent patient who is a perpetrator or victim of interpersonal youth violence.

Please note this module expires on 6/28/2024.

This module was released on 6/28/2021.

Accreditation Statement


Browser Requirements

ACIP Immunization Schedule from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Adolescent mental health screenings:

American Academy of Pediatrics. Family Media Use Plan tool.

American Academy of Pediatrics. Connected Kids and Connected Kids Clinical Guide and Handouts.

American Academy of Pediatrics. Safe Strong Secure program.

American Academy of Pediatrics, A Guide to Safety Counseling in Office Practice.       

American Academy of Pediatrics, Bright Futures. Adolescence Core Tools: Bright Futures Previsit Questionnaires.

American Academy of Pediatrics. Resilience Project.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). A Comprehensive Technical Package for the Prevention of Youth Violence and Associated Risk Behaviors.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2015). Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2015). Understanding Teen Dating Violence.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Understanding School Violence fact sheet.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, WISQARS (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System), an interactive, online database that provides data about fatal and nonfatal injury, violent death and cost of injury in the United States.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Violence Prevention: Sex Trafficking.

Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery. Providers may download a helpful self-injury handout for parents.

CyberWise. 6 Teen ‘Hookup’ Apps Parents Should Know About.

David’s Law, Texas Senate Bill 179, full text download.

Human Trafficking Fact Sheet from the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.

PEARR (Provide Privacy, Educate, Ask, Respect & Respond) Tool, from Dignity Health and others.

Start Strong, tips and checklists for adult influencers.

Sexual Activity and Sexual Health

Providers can access numerous resources and publications to help them talk with patients about sexual activity and sexual health.

Texas Association of School Boards provides resources to address the legal requirements and procedures to consider when identifying and responding to bullying in public schools.

Texas Department of State Health Services. Notifiable Conditions.

Texas Education Code Chapter 37, Section 37.001, requires independent school districts to develop and maintain anti-bullying policies that are appropriate for students at each grade level.

Texas Education Code Chapter 25, Section 25.0342 guarantees parents the opportunity to transfer a child to a different campus if the school determines that the child has been bullied at school.

Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Local Mental Health Authorities and Local Behavioral Health Authorities.

Texas Health Steps, Adolescent Health: A Guide for Providers.

Texas Health Steps, Anticipatory Guidance Provider Guide.

Texas Health Steps, Child Health Clinical Record Forms.

Texas Health Steps Periodicity Schedule.

Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual.

Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University.

Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University, “Before You Text” Sexting Prevention Course.

Texas Suicide Prevention Council. (2018). Texas State Plan for Suicide Prevention.

The Rapid Assessment for Adolescent Preventive Services (RAAPS), validated, standardized risk assessments to be filled out online by older children and adolescents.


Texas Education Agency offers two websites with resources to help prevent bullying:

Dating Violence:


Sexual behavior resources: