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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