Many children experience trauma exposure and adversity, including physical and sexual abuse, domestic or community violence, racism/discrimination, and accidents or natural disasters. The support of caregivers and other trusted adults is critical for helping children communicate about their experiences, feel safe, and to promote a healthy recovery from exposure to trauma. Evidence-based trauma-focused treatments for children are increasingly availableto those children who need additional support. Unfortunately, the majority of children suffering from traumatic stress are not identified and do not receive the trauma-focused services they need to recover. Often, even parents, caregivers, teachers, doctors, and other caring adults are unaware of a child’s trauma history or traumatic stress. Screening children for trauma is currently limited outside behavioral health settings.
Trauma ScreenTIME is a five-year initiative to improve child trauma screening across child-serving systems in Connecticut and nationwide. Trauma ScreenTIME will help child-serving systems implement screening by developing an online training that can be used by all child-serving professionals. Screening children for trauma in everyday settings such as schools, child care, and primary care can play an important role in identifying and supporting children who have experienced trauma. Professionals in child-serving systems are often reluctant to implement screening due to a lack of knowledge about how to do it effectively and uncertainty about managing disclosures, how to support children and families, and where to refer children to treatment.
The training will utilize best practices in trauma screening, recommendations from child-serving professionals, and input from family members with lived experience. It will help schools, primary care, child welfare, juvenile justice, and early childhood systems:
ScreenTIME is part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) and is funded through a five-year federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant to CHDI.
The training materials and resources developed by ScreenTIME will be available in Connecticut and nationally through the NCTSN. We anticipate that the initial online ScreenTIME training will be available in December, 2021. CHDI is offering some virtual training opportunities in trauma screening until that time, particularly for larger groups of 20 or more staff and/or for staff who plan to begin trauma screening soon. If you would like more information about a training for your group, please contact Brittany Lange at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trauma ScreenTIME will utilize a Connecticut-based Advisory Board and a National Expert Faculty with expertise in child trauma and each of five child-serving systems (schools, early childhood, pediatric primary care, child welfare, and juvenile justice) to develop the trainings and make them available in Connecticut and nationally.