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Assessment

This section of the portal provides resources related to assessment of child and youth trauma.

Guides & Facts Sheets

Complex Trauma Standardized Measures

Created by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Table of standardized measures that are appropriate for children and families dealing with complex trauma.

Assessment of Complex Trauma by Mental Health Professionals

Created by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Offers information on the assessment of complex trauma in children. This fact sheet provides general guidelines for assessing complex trauma such as gathering information, a variety of approaches and techniques, how to work with a child's family and care team, and assessing over time. It also gives helpful tips providers can use.

Age-Related Reactions to Traumatic Event

Created by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Describes how young children, school-age children, and adolescents react to traumatic events and offers suggestions on how parents and caregivers can help and support them.

Family Trauma Assessment : Tips for Clinicians

Created by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Details the importance of a trauma assessment when families have experienced a trauma and guides clinicians in the assessment process. This fact sheet provides information on how to get families to embrace the need for assessment, the best practices in and appropriate domains for family trauma assessment, how to choose instruments and decide what to measure, and how to present results to the family.

CASTER (Child and Adolescent Screener for Traumatic Events and Responses)

Created by the George Hull Centre Institute of Childhood Trauma and Attachment.

The CASTER is a screening tool which allows trauma exposure and symptoms to be identified early in the assessment and treatment process. It helps child and youth-serving sectors identify traumatic stress in presenting clients and allows for appropriate clinical and case-planning responses.

Screening or Not Screening? Unresolved Debates on the Use of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Questionnaire in Routine Screening

Created by Dr. Delphine Collin-Vézina, Dr. Denise Brend and Dr. Barbara Fallon.

This information sheet summarizes recent findings presenting the benefits and limitations of using the ACE questionnaire as part of routine screening in community and clinical samples.  

Websites

Trauma Screening and Assessment

Created by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Resilience Research Center

Created by the Resilience Research Centre.

This website includes evaluation tools for trauma-informed programs and the children they work with.

Trauma-Informed Workplace Assessment

Created by the Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute.

This 2-5 minutes assessment tool provides a more accurate picture of your organization’s approach to trauma-informed principles. Once completed, it provides an 8-page detailed report that will help you evaluate, understand, and discuss how your organization can become more trauma-informed.

Video

An Examination of Forensic Interviewers’ Note-Taking Practices and Perceptions

This panel, presented during the 2022 Trauma Symposium, focuses on what note-taking is during interviews conducted by professionals (e.g., social workers, police officers), as well as its risks and benefits.

- By Matthew Baker, Annie Shiau, Olivia Holden, Kelly McWilliams & Shanna Williams.

 

Infographics

Working with Structural Dissociation

Created by the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NICABM)

One challenge of working with trauma is when a patient’s dissociated “parts” are operating independently... or worse, they’re at odds with each other.

This can be very distressing for the patient (and lead to a dysregulated nervous system). But the Structural Dissociation Model developed by Kathy Steele, MN, CS, Onno van der Hart, PhD, and Ellert Nijenhuis, PhD can help us work more effectively with patients who are experiencing this.

Four Key Ways Collapse/Submit Can Present in a Client

Created by the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NICABM)

Like many of the emerging defense responses to trauma, the collapse/submit response can be difficult to recognize. So to give you a clearer idea of what this trauma response can look like, we created this free infographic that highlights four key ways it might present in a client.

Suicide Warning Signs

Created by the Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute.

This infographic provides 15 warning signs to assess suicidal risk. Although many are not overly alarming on their own, taken collectively they become very concerning. 

Warning Signs of Disordered Eating

Created by the Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute.

This infographic provides potential signs that an individual needs help and may present an eating disorder. 

Programs & Courses

Workshops (Not Free)

Created by the Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute.

These online workshops address different subjects, including anxiety, violent situations, counselling, trauma-informed care, trauma, borderline personality disorder, vicarious trauma, and more. 

Trainings and Prevention Workshops (Paying and Free)

Created by Marie-Vincent Foundation.

These trainings and workshops are designed for a variety of professionals who want to learn more about best practices regarding sexual assault.