Acute and Chronic Mental Health Trauma


4.8 out of 5 (74 Reviews)



Post Assessment Questions


Start Date

1 Sep 2023

Last Review Date

1 Sep 2023

Expiration Date

31 Aug 2026

Estimated Time To Finish

90 Minutes

Need Help?  If you have a system or content concerns, please contact

Activity Description

Psychological or mental health trauma refers to a stressor experienced either directly or indirectly, resulting in significant and severe subjective distress. Mental health trauma is ubiquitous and frequently experienced throughout the lifespan. A frequent sequela of traumatic experiences is functional impairment, which can result in decreased quality of life, morbidity, and poorer health outcomes. One categorization for trauma experiences is distinguishing between acute and chronic traumas. This activity describes similarities and differences between acute and chronic mental health traumas and outlines the role of interprofessional teams in evaluating and managing patients who experience trauma-associated symptoms.

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:

  • Compare and contrast acute and chronic mental health traumas.
  • Describe the prevalence and associated risk factors of various types of mental health trauma.
  • Evaluate patients for the physical and mental health sequelae of mental health trauma exposure.
  • Develop and employ effective interprofessional team strategies to prevent and manage mental health trauma-associated symptoms.


StatPearls, LLC requires everyone who influences the content of an educational activity to disclose relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies that have occurred within the past 24 months. Ineligible companies are organizations whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. All relevant conflict(s) of interest have been mitigated. Hover over contributor names for financial disclosures. Others involved in planning this educational activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Commercial Support: This activity has received NO commercial support.

Continuing Education Accreditation Information

In support of improving patient care, StatPearls, LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, StatPearls, LLC is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. StatPearls, LLC maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.50 continuing education credits.

Social Workers: StatPearls, LLC designates this continuing education activity for 1.50 ASWB ACE credit(s) for social workers. Social Workers should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Please consult your professional licensing board for information on the applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity.

Method of Participation and Credit

  1. Register for the activity.    
  2. Review the target audience, learning objectives, and disclosure information.
  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%.
  5. Complete the post-activity assessment survey.

If you have concerns regarding the CE/CME system, please contact


This educational activity was planned and produced in accordance with the ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education. Faculty may discuss investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the FDA. Readers should verify all information before employing any therapies described in this educational activity.

The information provided for this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical/clinical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The information presented does not necessarily reflect the views of StatPearls or any commercial supporters of educational activities on StatPearls expressly disclaims responsibility for any adverse consequences resulting directly or indirectly from information in the course, for undetected error, or through a participant's misunderstanding of the content.

Unapproved Uses of Drugs/Devices: In accordance with FDA requirements, the audience is advised that information presented in this continuing education activity may contain references to unlabeled or unapproved uses of drugs or devices. Please refer to the FDA-approved package insert for each drug/device for full prescribing/utilization information.

Cancellation Policy: Please see the cancellation policy. StatPearls, LLC reserves the right to cancel any course due to unforeseen circumstances.




Elise C. on 9/8/2023

Lynzee B. on 9/10/2023

Kimberly N. on 9/10/2023

John P. on 9/29/2023

Thomas J. on 10/10/2023

John M. on 10/13/2023

Cameo J. on 10/23/2023

Alexandra T. on 10/26/2023

John T. on 10/28/2023

Danielle K. on 11/3/2023

Mohamed E. on 12/6/2023

Lloyd R. on 12/21/2023

Colleen K. on 2/9/2024

Joy P. on 12/25/2023

Susan M. on 12/26/2023

Stacy c. on 12/27/2023

Danya L. on 12/28/2023

Rachel D. on 1/2/2024

Tracy E. on 1/3/2024

John P. on 1/5/2024

Anne C. on 1/7/2024

Wojciech F. on 1/10/2024

Alex M. on 1/15/2024

Scott C. on 1/28/2024

Joseph S. on 2/1/2024

Isabel R. on 2/2/2024

Stacy c. on 2/5/2024

Patrice M. on 7/7/2024

Enitan E. on 2/26/2024

Lisa E. on 2/27/2024

Aleah G. on 2/28/2024

Nicole D. on 5/29/2024

daniel h. on 3/16/2024

Terry S. on 3/19/2024

jeffrey m. on 3/21/2024

Caleigh S. on 3/25/2024

Monet I. on 3/26/2024

Jennifer G. on 4/9/2024

Brian V. on 4/10/2024

Brandy S. on 4/12/2024

thomas d. on 4/15/2024

Karen M. on 4/17/2024

Kelly K. on 4/19/2024

Julie J. on 4/21/2024

Terry H. on 4/23/2024

Wanda N. on 5/4/2024

Philip B. on 5/5/2024

Mary P. on 5/30/2024

Hung N. on 5/6/2024

Corry R. on 5/6/2024

ian b. on 5/12/2024

Sandra A. on 5/18/2024

Likta N. on 5/20/2024

Malani K. on 5/22/2024

Rex G. on 5/25/2024

jasmin s. on 5/30/2024

Jennifer M. on 6/3/2024

Travis M. on 6/3/2024

Elena E. on 6/4/2024

Nancy M. on 6/5/2024

Louqueta C. on 6/6/2024

James F. on 6/10/2024

Ashley F. on 6/11/2024

tammy a. on 6/19/2024

Lesly P. on 6/30/2024

Alex R. on 6/30/2024

Armen A. on 7/6/2024

Brian C. on 7/9/2024

Meghann N. on 7/11/2024

Christine A. on 7/13/2024

Jennifer C. on 7/14/2024

Nicolle T. on 7/14/2024

Derick V. on 7/18/2024

Stephanie D. on 7/19/2024

Unlimited Social Worker CE

Stay up to date on the latest medical knowledge with 221 CE activities. In these online self-assessment activities, read our reference articles and test your knowledge with more than 313 hours of CE.

1 Year Unlimited Social Worker CE

Access to all the Unlimited Social Worker CE activities.

$49 per 1 year per user