ESM Trauma Assessments

GLRC partnered with Easter Seals to bring the ESM Trauma Assessment program to children and families in the Upper Peninsula. Trauma assessments and services offers both prevention and intervention of emotional trauma due to neglect, abuse, exposure to violence or other tragedies, grief from a loss and other sources. The first step in determining the individual need is taken via a free, confidential online screening assessment at www.lunamodel.org. This assessment includes psychological, speech and language, occupational therapy and neurological metrics to identify the impact trauma has had on the child. Following the comprehensive trauma assessment, a trans-disciplinary team assessment may be needed. The National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention estimates 26% of children witness or experience a traumatic event before they turn four in the U.S., and, left untreated, the consequences can be deadly. The ESM Trauma Assessment Center is located at the Adolescent Services Center in Negaunee.

Children who have experienced trauma and chronic stress WITHOUT treatment are:

–3x more likely to have serious employment problems.
–3x more likely to experience depression.
–4x more likely to become an alcoholic.
–15x more likely to commit suicide.

The effects of trauma can impact:

–Physical health
–Attachment and relationships
–Behavior
–Emotional responses

How the ESM Trauma Assessment Model Works:

MULTIDISCIPLINARY TEAM ASSESSMENT:
After taking the comprehensive trauma assessment, a multidisciplinary team assessment may be needed. This assessment includes psychological, speech, language, and occupational therapy, as well as, neurological metrics to identify the impact the trauma has had on the child.

General questions regarding trauma assessments can be directed to Melissa Arbelius-Poole at marbelius@greatlakesrecovery.org or (906) 228-4692, ext. 1915.