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What is Sequencing Family Trauma Treatment?
Sequencing family trauma treatment is planning of family trauma treatment that incorporates a hierarchy and ordering of goals driven by needs, strengths, and necessary supports and resources.

What is this component based on?
Family trauma clinicians use sequencing to efficiently and effectively address the complex impacts of traumatic exposures and contexts on family and individual functioning.  This is accomplished through shared decision making which prioritizes the goals of treatment while accounting for the preferred outcomes of the family.

Sequencing will improve your ability to:

  • • Develop partnership with the family to determine who is involved in decision making and what information is needed to support successful outcomes.
    • Exchange and synthesize information for decision making, including treatment options, risks/benefits and evidence of effectiveness, as well as outcomes monitoring.
    • Facilitate treatment planning process to determine the timeliness, relevancy and desirability of treatment options to maximize desired outcomes.

To learn more about clinical competencies related to Sequencing, go to:
FITT Clinician Knowledge Attitudes and Skills Self-Assessment

Tools for Sequencing:

  1. Prompts and links for Family Assessment of Needs and Strengths-Trauma (FANS-Trauma) (coming soon)
  2. FITT Decision Matrices
  3. NCTSN Learning Center webinar:  Complicating Complex Trauma: A Look at Families Who Experience Chronic Trauma (2009). NCTSN Complex Trauma Speaker's Series. Presenter:  Laurel Kiser, Ph.D., M.B.A., University of Maryland School of Medicine

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