Thanks so much for your dedication to improving adolescent health care experiences! Check out these resources for best practices in providing care to teens. Whether you want to know more about discussing tough topics with your teen patients or have questions about how to navigate conversations with a teen’s parent or guardian, you can find the information you need here!
All resources are gathered from credible sources and contain medically accurate information that can improve how you work with the teens you care for. While we gather new sources on a regular basis, the information on these pages may not always reflect the most recent research. We are always looking for new resources and love suggestions for articles that may reflect a more recent study or approach. If you have suggestions, feel free to send them over to [email protected] for our consideration!
These resources compliment the information shared by Teen Educators during PATCH for Providers Workshops. Find out if there is a PATCH Site in your community and schedule one today!
Alcohol & Drug Use
Find out more about the rates of substance use in Wisconsin, commonly used substances, and good screening techniques to use when talking to teens.
- Wisconsin Teens – Access up-to-date information about alcohol and other drug use by teens in Wisconsin.
- NIDA Drug Facts – Find helpful information about names and phrases used by teens when discussing illicit substances.
- Talking with Teens – These videos provide tips and phrases to help guide conversation about alcohol or drug use.
Learn more about sexual development, counseling teens on contraceptive options, and treating teens with sexually transmitted infections.
- Adolescent Sexual Development – Learn more about healthy adolescent sexual development and find tips for supporting teens during each stage.
- Sexual Health: Provider Guide – This comprehensive document from National Coalition for Sexual Health gives providers sample questions to ask adolescents about sexual health.
- Treating Adolescents with HIV – These training modules provide insight into treating teens with HIV by using effective and culturally competent practices.
- Treating Disenfranchised Adolescents – This report about health disparities offers valuable information for addressing disparities in sexual health outcomes with teens.
Body Image & Nutrition
Find out more about the best ways to care for a teen who is struggling with body image or demonstrating signs of an eating disorder.
- National Eating Disorders Association – This page provides resources for all adults who may be concerned about a teen’s eating habits. It includes tips and up-to-date information for approaching and referring a young person.
- Guidelines for Adolescent Nutrition Services – This comprehensive guide offers an overview of teen nutrition, health conditions, counseling approaches, and education tools for providers.
- Teen Eating Disorders – This resource can be helpful for providers (or any adult ally) to understand potential causes of eating disorders and identify ways to support teens.
- Health at Every Size – This page from the Association for Size Diversity and Health offers health affirming weight inclusive ways to approach conversations about size and nutrition.
Learn about recognizing red flags in teen relationships, supporting healthy relationship development, and connecting teens to resources.
- Understanding Teen Dating Violence – This article provides background information about teen dating violence, its prevalence, and how providers can effectively intervene to support teens.
- ABCs of Healthy Relationships – Have patients who are in need of information? This could be a great resource for teens to understand, assess, and navigate relationships.
- Love is Respect – This is a great place to refer teens who open up about experiencing unhealthy relationships and need additional support.
- Conversation Tools – This webpage offers a helpful tips you can offer parents or guardian’s who may express concern about a teen’s relationships.
Find out more about supporting teens who identify as LGBTQ and access information on how these identities can impact a teen’s health.
- Growing Up LGBT in America – This report created by the Human Rights Campaign outlines the health disparities experienced by many LGBTQ teens.
- Helping Families Support Their Teen – Family members may turn to you for ideas about supporting their LGBTQ teen and this resource may provide you with a few steps to get them started.
- Straight for Equality – Learn more about how to be an ally to the LGBT community in your medical practice.
- Self-Assessment Checklist for Providers – Use this checklist to raise your awareness and sensitivity to the needs of LGBT youth.
Learn how intake forms, billing practices, and office procedures can protect confidentiality and improve a teen’s experience accessing care
- Teens and Mandatory Reporting – This document gives providers guidance on adhering to reporting policies while maintaining open, positive relationships with adolescent patients.
- Navigating Teen & Parent Relationships – These tips could help you provide confidential healthcare while promoting healthy communication between teens and their caregivers.
- Preventive Care & Confidentiality – Why is confidentiality so important to teens? This study provides insight into the importance of confidentiality when providing care to adolescents.
Access more information about mental health and well-being of children in America and check out the Youth Mental Health Bill of Rights.
- Mental Health of America’s Children – Check out this summary on the state of mental health among children and adolescents in America.
- Youth Mental Health Bill of Rights – Find a helpful outline of the rights afforded to teens when they seek mental health care.
- The Teen Brain – Information about teenage brain development can inform your counseling and care of teens – but don’t forget to allow teens the space to still make their own informed decisions.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness – This information from NAMI models positive language when talking with teens about mental health.
Improve your communication with teens and their parents or guardians to make sure all adolescents get time alone and receive the best possible health care.
- Communicating with Parents/Guardians – Being a provider often means being a liaison between teens and their support people and this article gives a great overview of things to consider during those conversations with parents/guardians.
- A graphic representation of ‘HEADSS’ – This helpful infographic of the HEADSS Model can be used as an assessment, screening, and counseling tool.
- Motivational Interviewing Tips – Find more information about using motivational interviewing techniques to improve patient outcomes and build positive relationships.
Help teens identify positive sources of medically accurate information so they can do their own research before and after visits with you.
- I Don’t Buy It – This article examines how one researcher implemented critical media skills with her 5th grade class and the implications for their health.
- Media Literacy Defined – Here you can find clear definitions and goals of media literacy education for adolescent and adult learners.
- The Media Literacy Ladder – This page offers a visual aid you could use to help teens evaluate how they consume media and how it might impact their health.
- Media Literacy & Digital Literacy – This page outlines helpful tips you can offer parent or guardians who may be interested in learning more about raising a critical digital citizen.
We also invite you to watch this video created by our Teen Educators offering clinic suggested language to help ensure adolescent health information remains confidential. These scenarios are specific to family planning clinics, but our Teen Educators hope the approach will be utilized by staff in any clinic setting!
Watch and learn as PATCH Teen Educators act out the scenarios that show how to clearly and respectfully respond to anyone seeking confidential information about a patient at your clinic.
Remember – ALL youth, no matter their age or circumstance, deserve a right to privacy!
Thanks to Health Care Education & Training for developing these common scenarios and to the adolescent interns at Hinckley Productions for the wonderful film work! This is truly a video created BY youth FOR YOU!!