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Evaluating the Impact of Trauma on Children

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Trauma Informed System of Care

Professionals who work with children may request that we perform a Trauma Informed Assessment or a Trauma Informed Consultation for a child who has been exposed to potentially traumatic events of abuse and neglect.

In addition, we offer a Caregiver Education Program, which helps individuals who care for children that have experienced trauma. (See full description below.)

What is the purpose of a

Trauma Informed Assessment?

Trauma Informed Assessments are provided for children who have experienced physical or emotional trauma due to child neglect or child abuse.

During an assessment, the team uses a series of specialized evaluation tools with the child to explore how trauma has affected the child’s functioning: cognitively,  emotionally, behaviorally, and physiologically.

By gathering information from multiple areas of a young person’s life, the team is able to provide recommendations based on the child’s unique history.

Recommendations are focused on improving the child’s day-to-day functioning and supporting his or her safety in the community.

What is the purpose of a

Trauma Informed Consultation?

During a consultation, the team meets with the professionals and the family members who are involved with the child and gathers information on the young person. The team makes recommendations based on the information gathered to focus on improving the child’s day to day functioning and supporting his or her safety in the community.

Our Interdisciplinary Teams

Trauma Informed Assessments are provided by a local team of interdisciplinary professionals from Livingston County who have received specialized training. Members of our Assessment Teams receive advanced education and coaching from the Children’s Trauma Assessment Center (CTAC). Teams include social workers, counselors, physicians, occupational therapists, and speech therapists.

Assessments & Consultations: Details & Forms

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Caregiver Education Program

Our Caregiver Education Program provides workshops for individuals who are caring for children who have experienced trauma. 

As biological parents, foster parents or adoptive parents of children who have been traumatized, you have some of the most challenging, important and emotionally draining roles.

“Beginning In your home, you serve as parent, counselor, healer, mentor, role model, and disciplinarian. Beyond your doors, you are expected to attend meetings and classes, school and medical appointments, case reviews, and court hearings.

Understanding how trauma affects children can help you make sense of your child’s sometimes baffling behavior, feelings and attitudes. Once you understand why your child behaves the way he or she does, you’ll be better prepared to help him or her cope with the effects of trauma.”  ~ Excerpted from “Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: A Workshop for Resource Parents,” by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

In this program, you’ll improve your ability to communicate with your child, learn skills and techniques to influence your child’s behavior and attitudes, and learn ways to reduce the stress of parenting a traumatized child.

In the News

2.1 national council magLACASA & Livingston County received national recognition for their collaborative Trauma Assessment work. Learn more >>

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Why Children Don’t Tell: Sandusky case sheds light on complexities of child sexual abuse

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