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Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders

There are many events that can cause trauma. Traumatic experiences can initiate strong emotions and physical reactions that can persist long after the event. Children may feel terror, helplessness, or fear, as well as physiological reactions such as heart pounding, vomiting, or loss of bowel or bladder control. Children who experience an inability to protect themselves or who lacked protection from others to avoid the consequences of the traumatic experience may also feel overwhelmed by the intensity of physical and emotional responses. Even though adults work hard to keep children safe, dangerous events still happen.

The information below is provided to guide medical providers in treatment as well as to provide information/resources to parents and youth regarding anxiety.

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences Questionnaire (ACE-Q) Child
    Center for Youth Wellness
    Many children experience stressful life events that can affect their health and wellbeing. The results from this questionnaire will assist your child’s doctor in assessing their health and determining guidance.
  • Trauma History Questionnaire (THQ)
    Georgetown University
    The THQ is a 24-item self-report measure that examines experiences with potentially traumatic events such as crime, general disaster, and sexual and physical assault using a yes/no format. For each event endorsed, respondents are asked to provide the frequency of the event as well as their age at the time of the event.
  • Traumatic Stress Screen for Children and Adolescents (TSSCA)
    University of Minnesota
    The TSSCA is intended to assist child-serving professionals in using a trauma screening approach with children ages 5 to 18, who have exposure to a known or suspected traumatic event.
  • Youth Pediatric Symptom Checklist-17
    Massachusetts General Hospital
    The Pediatric Symptom Checklist is a brief questionnaire that helps identify and assess changes in emotional and behavioral problems in children.

Evidenced-based Therapy

Read the viewing instructions to learn how to earn CME credit. Recordings are listed in alphabetical order.

  • Exposure to Trauma or Loss
    August 18, 2021
    Slides | Video
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) & Trauma Informed Care
    November 21, 2019
    Slides | Video
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
    July 16, 2020
    Slides | Video
  • Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders
    June 18, 2020
    Slides | Video
  • Trauma Screening
    December 12, 2019
    Slides | Video | Resources


  • ACES in Pediatrics
    A social network that supports communities to accelerate the global movement toward recognizing the impact of adverse childhood experiences in shaping adult behavior and health, and to promote trauma-informed and resilience-building practices and policies in all communities and institutions — from schools to prisons to hospitals and churches — to help heal and to develop resilience in stead of traumatizing already traumatized people.
  • ACES Too High
    A news site that reports on research about adverse childhood experiences, including developments in epidemiology, neurobiology, and the biomedical and epigenetic consequences of toxic stress.
  • Center for Youth Wellness
    National leader in the effort to advance pediatric medicine, raise public awareness, and transform the way society responds to children exposed to adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress.
  • The National Child Traumatic Stress Network Learning Center offers free learning opportunities and online CEUs.

Fact Sheets

Consult Line: (888) 522-9654

The North Dakota Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Line connects Primary Care Providers with a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist for consultation during daytime business hours.