As trauma-informed care continues to gain traction, more and more providers are beginning to screen patients for exposure to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma. However, variation exists regarding when and how to screen in both adult and pediatric populations.

This technical assistance tool offers various approaches and considerations for screening adults and children for ACEs and trauma. It draws from the experiences of pilot sites that participated in Advancing Trauma-Informed Care (ATC), a multi-site demonstration made possible by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that sought to identify how trauma-informed approaches can be practically implemented within the health care sector.

*Alex Maul is a former senior program officer at the Center for Health Care Strategies.