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Assessment and Screening Tools

The Child Welfare Guidelines on Screening for Trauma Symptomatology in Children, issued by the Chadwick Trauma-Informed Systems Project, explains how to prepare for, conduct, and provide follow-up for screenings.  Reference list included.

The National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health has produced a comprehensive web-based, video-enhanced resource tool on Trauma Informed Care: Perspectives and Resources. This tool tells a story about implementation of trauma informed services and offers guidance and resources to help you on your implementation journey. 

The California Screening, Assessment, and Treatment (CASAT) team has designed a screening approach that includes evaluation of general mental health symptomology and trauma-specific symptomology. This approach uses empirically supported measurement instruments to support child welfare worker decision-making. The Approach to Screening for Mental Health and Trauma-Related Needs Among Children and Youth Involved in Child Welfare Services also describes an implementation pilot in Tulare County.

An Approach to Screening For Mental Health Needs, a PowerPoint prepared by Rady Children's Hospital/Chadwick Center for Children and Families, provides a framework for understanding key considerations for implementing mental health screenings for children in the child welfare system. A Review of Child and Adolescent Trauma Screening Tools, prepared by Brent Crandal and Lisa Conradi of the Chadwick Center, compares screening tools in table form. For questions or comments about the table, please contact Brent Crandal, PhD, bcrandal@rchsd.org.

The Chadwick Center for Children and Families also designed A Trauma Assessment Pathway (TAP), "a treatment model that incorporates assessment triage and essential components of trauma treatment into clinical pathways," and An Approach to Screening for Mental Health and Trauma-Related Needs among Children and Youth Involved in Child Welfare Services, "a screening approach that includes evaluation of general MH symptomology and trauma-specific symptomology using empirically supported measurement instruments to support CW worker decision-making."

The Chadwick Trauma-Informed Systems Project (CTISP) provides additional information for agency leadership for developing trauma-informed organizations. 

Additional resources will be posted as they become available.