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. Describe manifestations and consequences of violence, including bullying, dating violence, sexting, self-injury and 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 violence.

Please note this module expires on 6/21/2021.

This module was released on 6/21/2018.

Accreditation Statement


Browser Requirements

Adolescent mental health screenings, free questionnaires:

American Academy of Pediatrics. Family Media Use Plan tool

American Academy of Pediatrics. Connected Kids.

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.

Bright Futures mental health screening tools.

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. 

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.

Human Trafficking Fact Sheets from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Administration for Children and Families.

Start Strong. tips and checklists for adult influencers.

Sexual Activity and Sexual Health: Resources for Providers: 

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

Sexual behavior resources for parents:

  • IWannaKnow.org: Information on sexual health for teens and young adults, including a Parents section with the topic, “Be an Askable Parent.” 
  • BoyfriendsWeb.com: Documentary on teen relationships with support materials for parents and teens. 
  • AdvocatesForYouth.org: Encourages responsible decisions about reproductive and sexual health, with information for parents, teens, educators, physicians, and advocates. 
  • loveisrespect.org: Information and resources to help children prevent abuse and get help for interpersonal relationship violence. 
  • pflag.org: Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies.

That’s Not Cool is a national public education campaign

Create a Teen Safety Plan

Stopbullying.gov. Download guidelines for parents about preventing cyberbullying. 

Suicide resources and best practices:

Texas Health Steps, Child Health Clinical Record Forms.

Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual.

Texas Department of State Health Services, Local Mental Health Authorities for referral assistance. To find mental health services in your area, please refer to the listing at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhsa/lmha-list/ or search for the referral line phone number of your Local Mental Health Authority (LMHA) using the online mental health services search form. You may call the referral line of the LMHA in your area for confidential help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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 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 Suicide Prevention Council. (2014). Texas State Plan for Suicide Prevention.

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

The medical definitions provided in this module were obtained or adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Journal of Pediatric Health Care, the DNA Learning Center, the Mayo Clinic, the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Psychology Today, WebMD, and the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

  • pflag.org (originally Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
  • Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Teens: Facts for Teens and Their Parents



Dating Violence

Sexual Behavior