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NCTSN bench card for the trauma-informed judge

National Child Traumatic Stress Network; National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

Information on child trauma for judges working with court-involved children and adolescents. Presents a series of trauma-informed questions judges can ask to identify children who need services from mental health professionals. Also includes questions to learn about a child’s trauma history and make appropriate placement decisions. Contains a second document: NCTSN bench card for court-ordered trauma-informed mental health evaluation of child: Sample addendum. It includes information for court-appointed mental health professionals on assessing children and caregivers, the diagnosis of PTSD, the provision of trauma-informed services, and placement options for traumatized children.