CARE-2 is one of the most accurate identifiers of youth at risk for violence

About CARE-2 Risk & Needs Assessment

Whether you're an educator, social worker, mental health professional, juvenile services professional, or a concerned parent, you have the power to provide at-risk children and teenagers with the nurturing, support, and treatment that will give them a second chance at life.

  • You start by identifying the strengths, problems, and stressors of each "at promise" youth.
  • You continue by creating an intervention plan to provide the care, support, and treatment that counteract risk factors and trauma and promote a youth's strengths.
  • You move toward success by executing the intervention plan and by following up.

Only one assessment gives you all three!

Based on thirty years of forensic psychological research and a sample of over 1,000 at-risk youth collected from the East Coast and Mid-West, Dr. Kathy has authored the CARE-2—one of the world's most accurate predictors of future violence in children. It is also the only assessment of its kind to provide custom case management and intervention tools, saving you the time and guesswork of having to create your own plan from scratch!

How CARE-2 works
CARE-2 is a 57-item Assessment Form that measures risk factors associated with youth violence as well as protective factors. Areas covered include: youth characteristics, peer relationships, school and education issues, family dynamics, and protective factors. Clinicians can complete the assessment and score the form in 15 to 30 minutes. The scored assessment form is then used to complete the Case Management Planning Form. This form helps clinicians gauge the intensity of potential behavior problems and identify the appropriate level and types of interventions needed. CARE-2 is the only risk assessment tool to provide this added feature.

CARE-2 Screens for the following risk factors:

  • History of violence—setting fires and hurting people
  • Chronic bed wetting
  • Poor anger management
  • Impulsivity/ADHD
  • History of bullying
  • Psychological problems
  • Learning problems
  • Substance abuse
  • School failure
  • Bad group of friends
  • Low IQ
  • Family violence
  • Harming animals
  • History of sex abuse
CARE-2 identifies the following protective factors that counteract abuse:
  • High IQ
  • Success at school
  • Positive peer group
  • Excellent social skills
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Support at home and school
  • Parents who set firm boundaries

*** Children with more than 5 risk factors and less than six protective factors have an 80% chance of committing future crimes.

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