Training Toolkit
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Training Toolkit

​​​The training toolkit is an education tool for pediatricians, residents, medical home teams, and others to better understand the effects of exposure to violence and how to approach the issue in the pediatric medical home setting. For each topic area, there are 6 components:

  • The first is a video vignette that demonstrates techniques to engage in dialogue with patients, children, and adolescents. The user will better understand how to start the conversation with families and appropriate responses when exposure to violence has been identified. 

  • The second and third components are Power Point slides that provide background on the particular type of violence addressed in the vignette. They can be used as a slide set in a teaching setting or viewed as a Webinar (with audio). 

  • The fourth component is a set of discussion questions designed to be used in conjunction with the vignette and/or Power Points. They are meant to encourage dialogue in the setting in which care is provided to children who may have been exposed to violence. 

  • The fifth component is a set of quiz questions, simply to help the user identify key takeaway points for each topic area.

  • The sixth and final component is a list of resources - primarily national - that can provide the user with more information on each particular topic area, including additional tools that can be used to identify children exposed to violence and ensure they receive the needed services. 

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View the Toolkit Contents here​

Additional Educational Vignettes

​​Anxiety - Siu
All children have some anxiety, fear, and worrying, and this can be a normal response to a stressful situation. Having an anxiety disorder is differen​​t from normal worry.
Bereavement - Doug
Experiencing the death of a family member or friend is one of the greatest stressors that children may face. Five percent of children will experience the death of a parent by age 16.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Max
PTSD is an axiety disorder that occurs following a traumatic event including physical or sexual abuse, bullying, community violence and natural disaster.
Depression - José
Depression is a serious mental disorder that negatively affects overall functioning and may potentially lead to suicide.


Preventin​g Sexual Violence Vignettes
The AAP offers video case vignettes from the Preventing Sexual Violence Toolkit. The videos on this page are focused on groups by age and provide guidance f​or 3 phases: Green light: general counseling for all families. Yellow light: a concern is raised that needs to be addressed during the visit. Red light: a concern is raised that goes beyond the pediatrician's ability to handle in the office, necessitating referral and follow-up.
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