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Neuro-Developmental Trauma Assessments

Through our commitment to become a trauma informed agency, Westlund Guidance Clinic spearheaded the development of a Trauma Assessment Center. This effort is focused on addressing the growing need of trauma exposure in Saginaw and statewide. Our Assessment Center is modeled after The Children’s Trauma Assessment Center (C-TAC) of Western Michigan University and our Trauma Team has been trained by C-TAC’s founders. Westlund Guidance Clinic is committed to ongoing collaborative efforts to address this ever growing need.

Why a Trauma Assessment?

Developing a comprehensive framework for assessing both the exposure to, and impact of, complex trauma is vital. Complex trauma can have such pervasive impact on developmental trajectories that children often end up with problems across many domains of functioning. A child’s self-image is also profoundly affected. Many of these children end up feeling like they are “bad kids” who just cannot change no matter what they try. These children may be diagnosed with a range of disorders, and consequently treated with multiple medications and therapies that are ultimately ineffective because they fail to address the underlying problem and do not reflect a trauma-informed approach to assessment and treatment.

What is assessed?

By gathering information using a variety of techniques (clinical interviews, standardized measures, and behavioral observations) and perspectives (child, caregivers, teachers, other providers, etc.), our Trauma team is able to assess for:

  • A wide range of traumatic events, determining when they occurred so they can be linked to developmental stages.
  • A wide range of symptoms (beyond PTSD), risk behaviors, functional impairments, and developmental derailments.

Who assesses?

The Trauma Assessment is conducted by a team of clinically trained providers who understand trauma and the impact on the developing child’s brain.

Who can be assessed?

We are able to assess children from ages 2 years to 17 years. We work with multiple children servicing agencies to increase who is able to benefit from an assessment.

How to get connected?

Currently through a contract Westlund Guidance Clinic has with Easter Seals of Michigan, families and service providers are able to access a free online screening tool at LUNAMODEL.ORG. The screener will identify if a more targeted examination is warranted. Easter Seals will collect information on the identified child to assist the assessment team in their evaluations and in their treatment recommendations. Once the assessment is completed the transdisciplinary team will compile a detailed report and provide it to the referral source/family. The final assessment report will provide results and detailed treatment recommendations.