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Livingston County Trauma Informed

Assessments & Consultations

Q:  Who should receive a Trauma Informed Assessment/Consultation?

Trauma Informed Assessments/Consultations are intended for children who have been exposed to potentially traumatic events that can affect the child’s functioning within the cognitive, emotional, 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 Trauma Informed Assessments are conducted with a child. Information is also gathered from a caregiver and professionals involved with the child.

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 are Trauma Informed Consultations? 

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

Q:  What is the Purpose of the Assessments/Consultations?

Trauma Informed Assessments/Consultations 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/Consultation Team?

The team is made up of local professionals including social workers, counselors, physicians, occupational therapists, and speech therapists. Team members have received 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 System of Care Steering Committee? 

The Livingston County Trauma Informed Steering Committee promotes trauma informed practices in the county including overseeing the Trauma Informed Assessments, Trauma Informed Consultations and Caregiver Education Program. 

This committee is an interdisciplinary team of leaders from local human service organizations that offers oversight and provides gate–keeping functions for the program and the team.

The Livingston County Trauma Informed Steering Committee reviews all referrals and assigns cases based on criteria and community priorities. LACASA Center serves as the lead agency for this project.

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 included:

  • 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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