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Recognizing, Assessing and Treating Trauma in Children


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Webinar presented by Lisa Conradi for the Child Abuse Training and Technical Assistance (CATTA) Center (, a project of the Center for Innovation and Resources (

One of the main elements of a trauma-informed system is that system has strategies and procedures in place to recognize a child’s trauma history, including child sexual abuse and any effects of that trauma, refer children who screen positive for trauma responses for a more thorough trauma assessment, have mental health partners available and trained to conduct a trauma-informed assessment, and that assessment information is used to direct the child to the most appropriate treatment. The presenter will offer a broad overview of screening, assessment, and treatment practices for children who have experienced traumatic events, including sexual abuse. The presenters will then provide the audience members with detailed descriptions of trauma screening, assessment and treatment practices, highlight tools that currently exist to facilitate effective trauma screening and assessment in cases of sexual abuse, and provide strategies that child welfare and mental health agencies can use to improve their screening and assessment practices for sexual abuse.

Participants will be able to:

Identify tools that exist to help screen children for trauma.
Describe the components of a trauma-informed mental health assessment.
Identify treatment practices that are effective in treating children with trauma symptoms.

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