CARE2 Youth Behavior Assessment and Treatment Planning Tool Is Now Online

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How do you know if a youth who has problems is at risk to be violent? Do you know what to do to help troubled youth? Don't guess any more. With the CARE2 assess problems, strengths and treatment needs.

It is also the only assessment of its kind to provide custom case management and intervention tools, saving you the time and guesswork of having to create your own plan from scratch!

The US has a higher violence rate than Europe, Asia, Canada, or Australia, while South America, Africa and Russia have higher rates of violence than the US. The cost of violence in death, injury, suffering and damage to communities and economies is massive and unacceptable. The World Health organization estimates the monetary cost for US interpersonal violence at $300 Billion per year and an additional cost to victims of $500 Billion. This is around 8% of the GNP. Therefore, reducing violence will have a huge positive economic and social impact on the US.

To reduce violence, one must be able to measure risk in a valid manner and know how to manage risk and prevent future violence. An assessment tool that links problems and resiliency with evidence based treatment, such as the CARE2 has been needed in the field of youth violence. It is not enough to measure risk for violence, professionals must also provide effective treatment to at risk youth.

The CARE2 (Child & Adolescent Risk Evaluation) Assessment by Dr. Kathy Seifert can be administered in paper and pencil form and is also now available online. The CARE2 works to identify youth who are at risk for violence and determine specific interventions needed to prevent any future risk of aggressive behavior. Updated and enhanced, this invaluable tool examines every factor that may be affecting the youth's development, and puts a plan in place for the youth to mature into a positively pro-social functioning member of society. Educators, social workers, mental health professionals, juvenile services professionals, or concerned parents, can provide at-risk children and teenagers with the nurturing, support, and treatment that will give them a second chance at life.

Dr. Seifert announced the new, powerful online CARE2 system that gives you a treatment plan in a prewritten report. The first step is identifying the strengths, problems, and stressors of each "at promise" youth. An intervention plan is then created to provide the care, support, and treatment that counteract risk factors and trauma and promote a youth's strengths. Professional following the plan help a youth move toward success by executing the intervention plan.

Youth and family violence expert Dr. Kathy Seifert is one of the world's leading authorities on identifying which youth are most likely to commit a future act of violence. She is the author of the CARE2 the only assessment of its kind to provide a complete intervention plan of evidence based practice to counteract violent tendencies before it's too late. Dr. Seifert is the CEO of Eastern Shore Psychological Services (ESPS), a multidisciplinary private practice that specializes in working with high-risk youth and their families. She has over 30 years experience in mental health, addictions, and criminal justice work. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of attachment problems, a condition that can make boys three times as likely to become violent later in life.

Helping "at risk" youth involves holistic treatment plans that improves the all aspects of the youth and his/her family's lives. The younger an intervention starts, the greater the chances of success. Elementary school is not too early to identify youth that need help and provide services. The CARE2 has been used to prepare treatment plans for hundreds of "at promise" youth to improve skills, become more successful in school, increase emotional health, and improve conflict resolution and relationships. Many youth with behavior problems have also been traumatized by abuse, neglect, or exposure to domestic violence. Therefore, trauma and attachment work are a necessary part of the plan, as well.

The attached Chart compares the CARE2 to other youth risk assessment tools. It has excellent sample and validity, a prewritten report, separate norms for girls and pre-teens, assesses strengths as well as problems and provides treatment suggestions based on evidence based practice.

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