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November 2015Vol. 16, No. 8Trauma Consultations in Juvenile and Family Courts

Research shows that traumatic stress caused by child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, criminal victimization, and other stressors can negatively impact mental and physical development on a long-term basis. The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) and the National Child Traumatic Stress network developed a trauma consultation protocol for juvenile and family court settings aimed at helping courts and the related systems they work with become more trauma informed. In Preparing for a Trauma Consultation in Your Juvenile and Family Court, NCJFCJ offers judges and courts guidance for assessing whether trauma consultation may be appropriate for their jurisdiction.

This manual offers insights on the conceptualization of the operational framework of the trauma consultation team. Other topics discussed include the following:

  • Why Should Juvenile and Family Courts Be Trauma Informed?
  • Is Your Juvenile or Family Court Ready for a Trauma Consultation?
  • How Should Courts Prepare for a Consultation?
  • What Should You Expect During the Consultation?
  • How Do You Use the Consultation Recommendations and How Do You Sustain Your Work?

To learn more about the trauma consultation protocol and to read the report Preparing for a Trauma Consultation in Your Juvenile and Family Court, by Shawn C. Marsh, Carly B. Dierkhising, Kelly B. Decker, and John Rosiak, visit (468 KB).