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Livingston County Trauma Informed Assessment Information Sheet

Q:  Who should receive a Trauma Informed Assessment?

Trauma Informed Assessments are intended for children who have been exposed to potentially traumatic events that can affect the child’s functioning within the cognitive, affective, behavioral, and physiological domains.

Many symptoms can manifest following trauma, including hyper-vigilance, withdrawal, sleeping difficulties, depression, and significant mood swings. Often, such symptoms may not be immediately revealed and are misinterpreted as learning disorders or acting out.

Early detection of trauma can minimize psychological and physiological risk to these children who often pose complex challenges for parents, caregivers and educators.

Q:  What are Trauma Informed Assessments? 

Trauma Informed Assessments are provided by a local team of interdisciplinary professionals from Livingston County who have received specialized training.

The process involves exploring and evaluating the impact of abuse and/or neglect on children ages birth to 18 years old.

Assessments evaluate various developmental domains that encompass:

• physical

• cognitive/academic

• speech/language

• social/familial

• emotional

• behavior

Q:  What is the Purpose of the Assessment?

Trauma Informed Assessments gather critical information in various developmental areas of a child’s life to help create treatment recommendations that can ultimately improve their day-to-day functioning and keep them safe.

Q:  Who is the Livingston Trauma Assessment Team? (LTAT) 

The team is made up of local professionals including social workers, medical doctors, psychologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists. LTAT members receive specialized training and coaching from the Southwest Michigan Trauma Assessment Center, a nationally recognized provider of trauma assessments.

Q:  What is the role of the Livingston County Trauma Informed Steering Committee? 

The Livingston County Trauma Informed Steering Committee (TISC) is an interdisciplinary team of leaders from local human service organizations.

The TISC offers oversight and provides gate-keeping functions for assessment enrollment, pilot implementation and the LTAT team. The TISC reviews all referrals and assigns cases for assessment based on criteria and community priorities.

ABOUT: Livingston County’s Pilot Plan

Livingston County launched a local assessment pilot on Nov. 1, 2009, to provide approximately 20 trauma assessments over the next year for local children who experienced trauma.

The overarching goals of the pilot include:

  • Embed trauma informed knowledge and practices that are culturally competent
  • Ensure that all cases are evidence supported/based
  • Be responsive to the needs of traumatized children and their families in our community
  • Target change at three levels: system change, service delivery, and child and family outcomes
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