Assessing the Impact of Trauma

Assessing the Impact of Trauma
Understanding the extent of the impact of a trauma-causing event on a survivor is critical. The use of assessment measures can greatly inform the counseling process as it provides rich information related to the level of emotional response a survivor may be experiencing. As a counselor, you can use the knowledge obtained from these assessments to inform your selection of counseling intervention strategies and approaches.

Selecting the appropriate assessment and assessment method for a client is an important first step in the assessment process, and there are many resources from which to choose. Some assessments focus on children, adolescents, adults (at various stages of adulthood), couples, or families. Some assessments focus on the impact of trauma, while others address adaptation to trauma. There are also assessments for primary survivors as well as secondary survivors. It would benefit you as a counselor to have a ?toolbox? of resources and an understanding of a variety of assessments from which to draw when providing services to survivors.

To prepare for this assignment:

Review the articles, ?Assessment of Children and Adolescents in Crisis? and ?Creating More Trauma-Informed Services for Children Using Assessment-Focused Tools.? Focus on how assessment tools are used in response counseling.
Review the article, ?Which Instruments are Most Commonly Used to Assess Traumatic Event Exposure and Posttraumatic Effects?: A Survey of Traumatic Stress Professionals.? Reflect on the different types of assessments available for use and how they could be integrated into your personal counseling style (i.e. behavioral, humanistic, cognitive, etc).
Read the case study, ?Jessie,? provided in this week?s Learning Resources.
Select a method or particular instrument you would use to assess the client in the case study.

The assignment: (2?3 pages)

Briefly describe the method or particular instrument you would use to assess the client presented in the case study and explain why you chose that method or instrument.
Explain how you would integrate the use of this assessment into your personal counseling style.
Briefly conceptualize this client?s case based on the crisis assessment.

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