Assessment-Based Treatment for
Traumatized Children: A Trauma Assessment Pathway (TAP) is a treatment
model that incorporates assessment triage and essential components of
trauma treatment into clinical pathways.
The goals of TAP include:
1. Providing treatment center staff with the knowledge and skills to
incorporate standardized assessments into the intake and ongoing
2. Providing a treatment model that is directed by the uniqueness of the
child and his or her family.
3. Providing guidelines for clinicians to make decisions regarding
trauma treatment strategies based upon the child’s unique presentation.
TAP is divided into two parts:
• Part I of the model describes the assessment process, how to develop a
Unique Client Picture, how to triage, and when to make referrals.
• Part II focuses on trauma treatment and includes an explanation of
evidence-supported interventions found in the literature that are
organized into a “Trauma Wheel” and used to create a “Treatment