For Child Welfare Workers

Resources for child welfare workers

The Institute for Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health has developed a variety of resources for child welfare professionals.

Traumatic Stress Screen for Children and Adolescents

The Ambit Network is committed to providing access to quality care for traumatized children, families, and communities. In response to the need for a brief trauma screening instrument Ambit developed a quick, simple, and reliable instrument to screen children for traumatic stress symptomology.

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Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Practice (CW360°)

This issue of Child Welfare 360° (CW360°) — an annual publication that provides communities, child welfare professionals, and other human service professionals, comprehensive information on the latest research, policies and practices in a key area affecting child well-being today addresses the question of how to incorporate trauma-informed organizational and practice strategies into child welfare practice — includes research on complex trauma, evidence-based and promising practices that use a trauma-informed perspective, and innovative examples of integrating a trauma-informed perspective into practice and policy.

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Helping Maltreated Children Understand and Recognize Emotions  [Practice brief]

Over the past two decades, research has shown that maltreatment can disrupt a child’s ability to recognize and understand the emotions of others. These difficulties can lead to problems as children attempt to navigate their interpersonal relationships. Child welfare workers can better help children that have experienced abuse and neglect read emotional cues and build successful relationships if they are aware of how maltreatment can impact emotion-processing.

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Resilience in Maltreated Children [Practice brief]

Child maltreatment exemplifies one of the most harmful and stressful challenges to confront children today. Although the experience of abuse or neglect has a severe impact on most children, not all maltreated children are negatively affected to the same degree. Examining how and why certain maltreated children show resilience despite adverse conditions may lead to key insights into the complex processes that result in vastly different developmental outcomes.

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Screening for Traumatic Stress in Child Welfare [Practice brief]

Nearly 35 million children (0-17 years) in the United States have experienced one or more types of childhood trauma (NSCH, 2012). The child welfare system becomes involved in the care of approximately one million children — and, unfortunately, a large number of these children have suffered from maltreatment and/or other trauma (NSCH, 2012). Screening for traumatic stress can help identify these children and ensure that they receive appropriate interventions and services.

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Barriers To Traumatic Stress Screening In Child Welfare Settings [Practice brief]

Many children entering the child welfare system have been exposed to traumatizing events or situations that can have profound adverse effects, including unstable behaviors, cognitive difficulties, problematic relationships, and mental health issues. Unfortunately, multiple factors hinder efforts to screen for traumatic stress in child welfare. It is paramount to identify these children so that they can receive appropriate interventions and services in a timely manner.

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Helping parents to be their children’s best teachers: Working with families in the Child Welfare system affected by traumatic stress [Presentation slides]

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Helping Families With Co-Occurring Substance Use and Child Maltreatment: Strategies and Best Practices [Presentation slides]