Screening and Assessment for Trauma in Child Welfare Settings

The series will explore the rationale for and utility of screening and assessing for trauma in this population, some specific tools and measures for conducting screening/assessment, the application of this knowledge and these tools within the direct as well as the systemic levels of the child welfare systems, and important developmental considerations for screening and assessment.

In this webinar presenters address trauma screening and assessment for parents and children in the child welfare system, with a focus on how information gained through screening can help inform casework practice, improve family engagement, and guide decision-making regarding mental health services.
In this webinar presenters discuss overcoming barriers including: the range ofclinical experience and trainingamong those administering trauma screening, the challenges of changing an already embedded practice, and the secondary traumatic stress issues that arise when a practitioner begins to ask about trauma.
In this webinar presenters, who are partnering to introduce universal trauma screeningin the state of Connecticut, explore issues of implementation and sustainability in an already over-burdened child welfare system, how to meaningfully and successfully integrate and embed this practice, and ways to address the effects of this practice on case workers.
In this webinar presenters describe, compare, and contrast three specific trauma screening and assessment instruments that have been used extensively within child welfare settings: Trauma Screening Checklist, Child Welfare Trauma Referral Tool, and Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS)Trauma Version.
In this webinar, intended as an introduction to a series of five presentations on Screening and Assessment for Trauma in the Child Welfare Setting, presenters describe the prevalence and impact of trauma on children in the child welfare system and the rationale for trauma screening and assessment. They define screening and assessment, exploring the potential overlap and confusion in the use of these terms, in an effort to create a common language for the discussion. They describe some common tools for trauma screening and assessment and introduce child-welfare specific measures that will be detailed in a future presentation.