Evaluation Tools for TF-CBT

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Evaluation Process for Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Grantees

TF-CBT projects funded by PCCD have unique data reporting requirements that must be met. Below you'll find the tools necessary to meet these requirements.

Getting Started

Following the steps below will orient you to the data collection process. If you have questions along the way, please reach out to your EPISCenter contact for assistance.

Please note that grants with start dates prior to July 2017 use an earlier version of the data tools, while those with start dates July 2017 and beyond should use the latest version. Be sure to download the correct version, depending on your project start date.

The training videos were developed using pilot versions of the Data Tools. Most of the information remains the same, but grantees using newer versions may notice the Tools are slightly different than the ones discussed in the video.

Measures and Resources for PCCD-Reporting

  • Child PTSD Symptom Scale - self-report for youth ages 8-18; used to measure pre- to post-treatment change
  • TF-CBT Brief Practice Checklist - used to monitor model fidelity
  • Your TF-CBT Grant & Data Collection for Young Trauma Clients- common questions with answers
  • TF-CBT Outcomes Report Template

Other Clinical Assessment Tools

The following assessment measures, while not required for the Data Tools above, may be useful to clinicians. These measures have been divided into several categories that clinicians should consider assessing before starting treatment with traumatized children and their caregivers. An asterisk* indicates the measure is available at no cost while a $ indicates there is a cost for the measure. Clinicians should be appropriately trained in assessment and the use of standardized rating scales before using these tools.

Trauma Exposure & Symptoms (Child)

General Symptom Inventories (Child)

  • Achenbach Checklists ($; CBCL, TRF, YSR) - caregiver, teacher, and self-reprot versions available for ages 1 1/2 to 18; this widely used tool provides competency scales and several clinical scales for internalizing and externalizing symptoms
  • Behavioral Assessment Scale for Children ($; BASC-3) - caregiver, teacher, and self-report versions available for ages 2-21
  • Strengths & Difficulties Questionnaire* (SDQ) - broad screening tool; available in multiple languages with different versions for ages 2-17

Symptom-Specific Measures (Child)

Caregiver Assessment

  • The National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers a wealth of information about available measures to assess traumatic stress symptoms and related issues in children and their caregivers, which can be valuable when choosing measures to use.
  • The Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland has compiled a list of free assessment measures that may be useful. 


Screening Tools

Using Mental Health Screening Tools with Child Trauma Survivors (Overview) - Children’s Advocacy Centers and Victim Service Organizations are often a first point of contact for families who have been impacted by child sexual abuse and other traumas. These entities play a key role in connecting youth with resources and supports to meet their needs. In many cases, this means making a mental health referral for further assessment and/or therapy. Screening tools can be a valuable source of information in determining which youth are at risk for mental health issues and would benefit from such a referral.  This resource includes frequently asked questions about screening tools, as well as a list of free tools for your consideration.  

PTSD Screening Tools


General Mental Health Screening Tools

  • Strengths & Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) - Available in multiple languages with different versions for ages 2-17. May be downloaded and hand-scored for free, or web-based options are available for a fee.