This episode is part 2 in the trauma-informed assessment mini-series with Dr. Julia Strait. If you didn’t catch the first episode last week, definitely go back and check that one out – we talked last time about how to define trauma: complex, developmental, acute, and everything in between. In the current episode, we dive deep into the actual assessment process. Here are a few topics that we get into:
- Interviewing for traumatic experiences
- Measures to assess trauma
- Differential diagnosis of trauma and other concerns like ADHD, ASD, and others
- Feedback and report-writing with a trauma-informed lens
Cool Things Mentioned
- SAMHSA’s model of trauma: https://store.samhsa.gov/product/SAMHSA-s-Concept-of-Trauma-and-Guidance-for-a-Trauma-Informed-Approach/SMA14-4884
- UCLA PTSD trauma reaction index: https://www.reactionindex.com/
- RIOT model
- Leung, B. (1993). Assessment is a R.I.O.T.! Communiqué, 22(3), 1–6. https://sites.google.com/a/nhcs.net/karlysokolowski/what-s-riot
- University of Tennessee Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody: https://www.uthsc.edu/cdd/programs/coe-state-custody.php#:~:text=The%20University%20of%20Tennessee%20Center,both%20consultative%20and%20direct%20services.
- ITQ – international trauma questionnaire: https://www.traumameasuresglobal.com/itq
- Trauma Handout – diff dx and ARC chart: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1O999gWTL0AzXAgfZd7mi6BO8Nhf1AGgS/view?usp=sharing
- Harvard Center for Developing Child (on neglect): https://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/the-science-of-neglect-the-persistent-absence-of-responsive-care-disrupts-the-developing-brain/
- MACES measure: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25714856/
- Adverse Childhood Experiences: https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/aces/index.html
- Cathy Widom: https://www.jjay.cuny.edu/faculty/cathy-spatz-widom
- Testing Psychologist episodes on therapeutic assessment
- Free, brief, and validated article: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4310476/
- Adults: PTSD CENTER site: https://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/assessment/overview/index.asp
- Life events checklist for DSM-5: https://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/assessment/te-measures/life_events_checklist.asp
- NCTSN national child traumatic network: https://www.nctsn.org/treatments-and-practices/screening-and-assessments/measure-reviews
- Northshore checklist: https://www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/coe/tfcbt/workbook/Assessment/NSLIJHS%20Trauma%20History%20Checklist%20and%20Interview.pdf
- CPSS: https://istss.org/clinical-resources/assessing-trauma/child-ptsd-symptom-scale-for-dsm-5-(cpss-5)
- UCLA covid trauma screening; https://www.reactionindex.com/product/ucla-brief-covid-19-screen-for-child-adolescent-ptsd/
- Testing Psychologist Ross Greene episode
- Instagram: @drjuliatx
- Website: https://steppingstonetherapy.org/strait/
- Psych Today blog: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/emotional-mind
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About Dr. Julia Strait
Julia Strait, PhD specializes in treating young women with everyday stress, as well as more pervasive emotional difficulties related to depression, anxiety, and trauma. She is a Nationally Certified Trauma-Focused Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) Therapist and has specialized training in mindfulness-, self-compassion-, and acceptance-based therapy approaches for building awareness and understanding of difficult emotions and experiences. She also has expertise in psychological testing and assessment to help with diagnosis and treatment recommendations.
Dr. Strait earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and her Master’s and PhD from the University of South Carolina. She did her postdoctoral training in Child Welfare and Trauma-Informed Care at the University of Tennessee Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody and has worked as a teacher, professor, researcher, and supervisor in schools, clinics, and universities across the Southeast United States.
In her free time, Dr. Strait loves listening to podcasts, being outside, eating queso, and doing yoga and Pilates. She has two awesome kids and a very cool dog, and she blogs for Psychology Today. You can also follow her on Instagram @drjuliatx.
About Dr. Jeremy Sharp
I’m a licensed psychologist and Clinical Director at the Colorado Center for Assessment & Counseling, a private practice that I founded in 2009 and have grown to over 20 clinicians. I earned my undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina before getting my Master’s and PhD in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University. These days, I specialize in psychological and neuropsychological evaluation with kids and adolescents.
As the host of the Testing Psychologist Podcast, I provide private practice consulting for psychologists and other mental health professionals who want to start or grow psychological testing services in their practices. I live in Fort Collins, Colorado with my wife (also a therapist) and two young kids.
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