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What is Tracing and Tracking?
Tracing and Tracking is an ongoing exchange of information among family and providers to assess the impact of the family’s trauma history and to monitor progress and outcomes in family trauma treatment.

What is this component based on?
Tracing and tracking help the clinician identify the impact of trauma on the family as a whole, on subsystems within the family and on each family member.   This enables the clinician and family to make informed decisions about which of these will be the focus of treatment, in what order, and through what interventions.   Ongoing collaboration and a step-wise series of assessments help the clinician collect information about strengths and needs while demonstrating respect for the family’s priorities and preferences.   Finally, actively monitoring progress provides opportunities for additional goal setting and fosters readiness to transition out of care.

Tracing and Tracking will improve your ability to:

  • • Formulate the clinical conceptualization of families with complex adaptations to trauma.
    • Consider the need to conduct family trauma assessments in a manner that honors the family as an expert participant in the process.
    • Plan and carry out a comprehensive family driven trauma assessment that accounts for the family’s strengths and needs.

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

Tools for Tracing and Tracking:

  1. Family Informed Trauma Interview
  2. Family Assessment of Needs and Strengths - Trauma (FANS Trauma)
  3. Fact Sheet for Clinicians: Assessment of Trauma in Families
  4. Tables of Measures with Recommendations
  5. National Child Traumatic Stress Network Learning Center:  Family Systems Speaker Series.  Evaluating Families Impacted by Trauma.  Presenters: Kay Connors, LCSW-C — FITT Center;
  6. Carla Stover, PhD — Yale University.

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