School Shooting today in Winston Salem, NC

Sadly 1 student has been killed in a school shooting in Winston-Salem, NC. Thankfully, all staff and other students are safe. Now that schools are back in session across the country, I encourage all schools to consider establishing Threat Assessment Teams and Risk Reduction Planning.  Threat Assessment Teams include personnel from education, social work, psychology, psychiatry, law enforcement, and representatives of the medical community.  The team meets regularly to create risk reduction plans for any students that may be at risk to harm themselves or others.  In order to provide interventions to reduce the risk of harm to self or others, members of the Threat assessment team must have certain information:

  1. Know the risk factors and effective interventions for anyone with behaviors that place them at risk to harm themselves or others.
  2. Learn which students need to be screened.
  3. Explore the local resources for interventions
  4. Have a process for referring youth to adequate services
  5. Gain an understanding that harm to self and others is driven primarily by trauma histories, inadequate treatment, stress, and crisis.  Those at risk need supports and services, not punishment to help youth solve problems, reduce toxic stress, build coping skills, and change behavior.

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bullying and trauma
Bullying and trauma




Dr. Kathy
Dr. Kathy Youth Violence Risk Assessment

I am Dr. kathy Seifert. You can find my work on my Psychology Today Blog: Stop the Cycle, my website, Discovery ID, my books and articles, Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin. Being young can be difficult, fun, exciting, and sad sometimes. My passion is supporting youth to build healthy lives on the road to become healthy, happy, successful young adults. That means helping parents and professionals to find the resources they need to support young people. I hope you enjoy the site. Feel free to comment.

Trauma informed care for ESPS

Dr. Kathy Speaking
Dr. Kathy Speaking


I shared my new website, with ESPS staff today.  I have just started and I may combine a care2 newsletter with the trauma-informed newsletters for ESPS.  My goal is to create a trauma-informed program for ESPS. I hope others will join in and co-create this program and the newsletters.  I want to combine the newsletters because, in my many years, I have come to the conclusion that much of our work needs to be trauma-informed. It is also easier to make one newsletter than try to manage 2 newsletters.  The website has a blog so we can post ideas, comments, and questions, as well. Everyone is welcome to read and comment.


Dr. Kathy

New CARE2 Product Added

Dear Readers:

I have added a shop, a shopping cart, and 1 new Product to the website, The CARE2 Threat Assessment Clinical toolbox.  With this toolbox counselors, therapists, teachers, case managers from departments of social services and juvenile services, and Psychiatric Rehabilitation Counselors can create a list of supports and services that a young person needs to build strengths and a successful life path.

This toolbox is based on the original CARE-2 and is supported by the research completed at Salisbury University.  Quick and easy to score with less than 16 items and able to create a form that parents can use to help find services for their teen.  It is intended to help professionals and parents with concerns about their young person’s behavior to get recommendations about what kinds of services a youth may need.

If the score is less than 5, it can be used to suggest services for the young person.  If the score is 5 and above and the teen has either harmed another person or has made a threat to harm someone, services should be started immediately.

There is nothing like this amazing planning tool for youth at risk to have problems with parents, teachers, schools, peers, and juvenile justice.

These are not to be reproduced paper forms and can be ordered in sets of 10 for $50 plus $10 shipping and handling.  These tools are being used in several school districts across the Shore. This is our first public offering of this great services support tool.

If you are concerned about the behavior and/or mental health of a teenager, this is the tool for you.

CARE2 Toolbox
CARE2 Threat Assessment Toolbox

CARE2 News

Newly released!

How can you tell if a teenager needs more services and supports to help him or her build a healthier life in a quick and validated way? The CARE2 Threat Assessment Clinical Toolbox is ready for release. It has is a short version of the CARE2 and includes 2 scales, one for teen males and one for teen females, There are 13 items on the scale for girls and 16 items on the scale for males. These are items that will be familiar to most providers of services for youth (see below). These scales were cross-validated by Dr.’s Tossey, Venable, and Becker of Salisbury University which is a part of the University of MD. system.

A score of 5 or above indicates the need for additional services and supports. Recommendations of services are found in the Toolbox. There is a form to explain the results to parents or caregivers.

This toolbox can be used in a variety of agencies including Behavioral Health, Department of Human Services, Juvenile Services, inpatient facilities, and group homes. It is easy to use and research-validated.