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