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Assessment Practices

Trauma-informed assessment validates the family’s experience, begins the rapport building process, instills hope in positive outcomes, guides treatment, and provides an objective measure of progress.

Advancing Screening Practices can include:

  • An assessment battery that gathers information on child trauma and behavioral health symptoms, and includes a clinical interview and behavioral observation.
  • Use of validated and developmentally appropriate instruments
  • A workforce that is aware of common co-occurring diagnoses
  • Assessment procedures that promote transparency, safety, and confidentiality (e.g., clarifying your role and what to expect from the assessment).
  • A workforce that is knowledgeable, skilled, and confident in managing children and youth’s initial disclosure/discussion of trauma, as well as avoidance
  • Procedures to review and interpret assessment results with a trauma-informed lens
  • Procedures designed to provide feedback about the results of assessment in a synthesized, simple, and compassionate manner to both children and their families
  • Systems in place to collect and track assessment information
  • Systems in place to promptly refer to appropriate services



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