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Tools to Address Trauma
Here you will find a number of recommendations for trauma screening and assessment tools and trauma-specific interventions.
Trauma Screening Tools: A screening tool is a validated, reliable, standardized tool that is designed to identify trauma in children or adults. The purpose of screening is not to provide a diagnosis but to explore and understand how trauma may be a factor in impacting a child’s well-being or ability to function. The screener is used as a guide to consider whether a trauma-specific, in-depth assessment and services should be considered.
Trauma-Informed Mental Health Assessment Tools: A trauma-informed assessment is performed by a qualified mental health professional and involves the organized collection of information relating to an individual’s trauma history and response to a traumatic experience using multiple sources and methods. A trauma assessment addresses whether clinical symptoms of traumatic stress are present and identifies the types and severity of the symptoms and their impact on the individual’s functioning.
Trauma-Specific Interventions: Interventions are performed by a qualified mental health professional. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Trauma-Specific Intervention programs generally recognize the following:
- The survivor's need to be respected, informed, connected, and hopeful regarding their own recovery
- The interrelation between trauma and symptoms of trauma such as substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety
- The need to work in a collaborative way with survivors, family and friends of the survivor, and other human services agencies in a manner that will empower survivors and consumers
Age Specific Tools
Trauma screening and assessment tools and trauma-specific interventions are often age specific.
Early Childhood: Ages 0-5
Youth: Ages 6-16
Adolescent: Ages 13-21
Funding Resources for Trauma Screening, Assessment and Treatment: A summary of public and private resources available to pay for trauma-related services.