What is a family assessment?
- To determine appropriate follow-up and referral with a mental health provider.
- To determine urgent situations requiring immediate response.
- To identify need for trauma-specific services.
- To communicate that the program believes abuse and violence are significant events.
- To communicate staff recognitions and openness to hearing about and discussing painful events.
- To open possibility of later disclosure when a child decides not to talk about trauma experiences at an early stage.
Why will we need a family assessment?
Without effective therapuetic intervention, many child victims of abuse will suffer ongoing or long term consequences that may impact them throughout their lifetimes. Our multidisciplinary team response includes access to trauma assessment and specialized trauma focused mental health services for child victims and non-offending family members.