State of Affairs: Trauma Assessment Practices in Children and Adolescents

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 9,10
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. develop innovative approaches to accurately identifying trauma and its impacts in youth.
  2. identify unique challenges to assessing trauma in youth in the school setting and recognize how to improve assessment practices.
  3. examine frequently used trauma rating scales in youth to identify strengths and gaps in current assessment tools.
  4. describe the frequency and situations in which trauma assessments are conducted in youth, and recognize potential approaches to increase general knowledge of childhood trauma and assessment of trauma.


Over 50% of children will experience significant trauma. This study reviewed assessment practices of psychologists and mental health practitioners. Sixty percent of participants conducted trauma assessments, and they were most frequently initiated during a formal evaluation. Comprehensive rating scales were included in the majority of assessments. Given the negative impacts of trauma that extend beyond childhood, regular trauma assessment in schools is needed. Practitioners will learn how to incorporate or improve existing trauma assessment practices.



Carrie A. Champ Morera, Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc. (PAR)


Jennifer Greene


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