Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Children


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Start Date

1 Sep 2023

Last Review Date

20 Apr 2024

Expiration Date

31 Aug 2026

Estimated Time To Finish

60 Minutes

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Activity Description

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common psychiatric disorder that can result after an individual experiences a traumatic event. PTSD has a broad clinical presentation but is characterized by symptoms impairing cognition, mood, somatic experience, and behavior. PTSD in the pediatric population has special considerations compared to the adult population. PTSD in children may present clinically differently compared to the adult presentation; therefore, the evaluation is different. Further, there are specific criteria for evaluating children 6 years of age and younger, distinct from those older than 6. Medication approaches to PTSD are not as efficacious in pediatric PTSD; psychotherapy is encouraged as the first-line treatment in the setting of pediatric PTSD. PTSD can cause chronic impairments, lead to comorbid psychiatric illness, and lead to an increased risk of suicide. 

This course aims to provide healthcare professionals with a comprehensive understanding of PTSD in children, equipping them with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively identify, assess, and manage this complex mental health condition. Participants will learn the epidemiology, etiology, and risk factors associated with pediatric PTSD. The clinical manifestations and diagnostic criteria, including the unique developmental considerations in assessing PTSD in children, will be discussed. This activity will cover evidence-based approaches to the assessment and differential diagnosis of pediatric PTSD, highlighting the importance of an interprofessional team approach. 

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician associates, nurses, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and social workers.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Identify the DSM-5-TR diagnostic criteria and relevant symptoms distinguishing posttraumatic stress disorder in children 6 years of age and younger from children older than 6 years of age to gain a better understanding of posttraumatic stress disorder in children.

  • Evaluate the relationship between traumatic events and their impact on the etiology and development of posttraumatic stress disorder in children.

  • Assess the presentation of posttraumatic stress disorder in children 6 years of age and younger, distinct from children older than 6 years of age, and their common mental status examination findings.

  • Collaborate efficiently with an interprofessional team to evaluate and effectively provide timely and appropriate interventions to manage PTSD in children who have experienced traumatic events, improving their outcomes and quality of life.


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  3. Study the educational content of the enduring material.
  4. Choose the best answer to each activity test question. To receive credit and a certificate, you must pass the test questions with a minimum score of 100%.
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