NCJFCJ Releases Guide for Courts to Prepare for Trauma Consultation

April 3, 2015

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges has released Preparing for a Trauma Consultation in Your Juvenile and Family Court. This guide, available online, outlines what courts need to know about a trauma consultation (also known as a "trauma audit"), and how such a consultation can help courts become more trauma-informed across environment, practice, and policy. Based on work with over a dozen courts across the country, the guide outlines a conceptual and basic operational framework for trauma-informed courts -- including positioning them as a critical stakeholder in a healing community. Supported by funding from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the guide is a living document that will be updated with lessons learned and advances in the field as they emerge.

For more information on court trauma consultations or audits, please contact Dr. Shawn Marsh at or Dr. Alicia Summers at

Click here to download the guide.