CE Credit

Identifying and Treating Young People with High-Risk Behaviors


Welcome to the training on Identifying and Treating Young People with High-Risk Behaviors provided by Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

Credit hours: 2.00 CE


The goal of this module is to equip Texas Health Steps providers and others to recognize the origin, prevalence, signs, symptoms, and effects of high-risk behaviors and to respond with appropriate interventions that promote protective factors and help youth make healthy decisions.

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. Specify how the brain development of young people helps explain the incidence of high-risk behaviors in this age group.
  2. Integrate two techniques to encourage open communication with young people.
  3. Summarize two strategies parents or caregivers can use to communicate with their children as they grow up.
  4. Distinguish one major factor that contributes to a high fatality rate from motor vehicle crashes involving young people.
  5. Inventory three possible manifestations of violence in young people.
  6. Detect when to assess an adolescent for suicidality and determine whether referral to a mental health professional is necessary.
  7. Employ one provider tool to screen young people for substance use.
  8. Apply the time requirement for reporting notifiable sexually transmitted conditions to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
  9. Predict the most common manifestation of unhealthy eating among Texas youth.
  10. Summarize guidelines for the release of confidential information to ensure that correct procedures are followed for information-sharing among providers who treat young people.

Please note this module expires on 11/20/2018.

Accreditation Statement


The medical definitions provided in this module were adapted or obtained from the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Dental Association, Mayo Clinic, Medline Plus, Merriam-Webster, National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, and the National Library of Medicine.