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HEADSS: An Assessment Tool for Youth (01:20)


Clinicians or professionals can use the HEADSS interview as a tool to get an idea of what is going on in a young person's life in order to assess individual risks, needs, and help provide the best care for them.

HEADSS Assessment: Home (00:52)

Interviewers begin youth assessments by asking about family life and home environment in order to determine any immediate safety risks and to help youth achieve and maintain a healthy and stable environment.

HEADSS Assessment: Education (00:42)

Questions about education help interviewers determine what a youth's future goals may be. Youth need to understand the importance of learning basic skills in order to achieve meaningful employment.

HEADSS Assessment: Activities (00:49)

Discussing activities with youth helps interviewers get a better understanding of level of social adjustment, personal interests and social risks.

HEADSS Assessment: Drugs (00:53)

Alcohol and drug abuse can have a detrimental affect on the lives of youth, making it important for interviewers to determine a youth's level of drug or alcohol use and/or risk for future involvement.

HEADSS Assessment: Sex (00:57)

Youth need to understand risks for HIV infection and learn effective methods of contraception and protection. Issues surrounding sexual orientation and/or sexual abuse may require additional counseling and support.

HEADSS Assessment: Suicide (00:49)

Depressed teens are at a higher risk for suicide, so it is important for interviewers to determine a youth's present emotional state and get help, if needed.

Value of HEADSS Assessment (02:49)

Interviewers should identify and validate a youth's personal strengths and coping mechanisms in order to establish rapport and build self-esteem.

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Identifying social and psychological needs is a critical step in caring for at-risk youth. The interview protocol known as HEADSS—focusing on Home, Education & Employment, Activities, Drugs, Sexuality, and Suicide & Depression—is a highly effective method for listening to teenagers and building strategies to help them. This video introduces the HEADSS protocol to health and social service students and to professionals who are developing outreach skills. It suggests ways to integrate HEADSS methodology into youth-oriented social service settings, highlighting the need to recognize an interview subject’s strengths as well as vulnerabilities. (13 minutes)

Length: 14 minutes

Item#: BVL36956

ISBN: 978-1-4213-6109-3

Copyright date: ©1998

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