We have developed and are continuing to develop a series of tools that can be used to help health professionals in their diagnosis and treatment of youth with mental disorders.. These materials have been created by clinicians and researchers expert in the area of adolescent mental health and the application of various clinically useful scales and tools in clinical, research and institutional settings.
The materials in the clinical tools section are available for you to download and use freely in your clinical or educational work. We are also eager to translate these materials into as many languages as possible. If you are able to provide us with translations we do not currently have, we’re happy have you work with us to translate and back translate any of these tools. Once they have been vetted, we willt post these materials for others to access as well.
Our materials are all under copyright to ensure integrity and to prevent unauthorized sale. We offer our materials as downloads, free of charge, and just ask you to fill in your coordinates so that we can track who is using our materials. These materials are also available for a small fee through our print on demand service which will deliver them to your door.
Kutcher Adolescent Depression Scale (KADS)
The KADS was developed to assist in the public health and clinical identification of young people at risk for depression. It was created by clinicians and researchers expert in the area of adolescent depression and the application of various scales and tools in clinical, research and institutional settings. The 6-item KADS is designed for use in institutional settings (such as schools or primary care settings) where it can be used as a screening tool to identify young people at risk for depression or by trained health care providers (such as public health nurses, primary care physicians) or educators (such as guidance counselors) to help evaluate young people who are in distress or who have been identified as possibly having a mental health problem.
DOWNLOAD THE 6-ITEM KADS
DOWNLOAD THE 11-ITEM KADS
Kutcher Generalized Social Anxiety Scale For Adolescents (K-GSADS-A)
Tool for Assessment of Suicide Risk for Adolescents (TASR-A)
The TASR-A was developed to assist in the clinical evaluation of young people at imminent risk for suicide. It was created by clinicians with expertise in the area of adolescent suicide assessment and the development and application of various scales and tools in clinical, research and institutional settings. The TASR-A is not a diagnostic tool since suicide is a behaviour rather than a medical diagnosis. The TASR-A is also not a predictive tool since there is no tool that can be demonstrated to predict suicide. Rather, the TASR-A is a semi-structured instrument that the clinician can follow to ensure that the most common risk factors known to be associated with suicide in young people have been assessed.
DOWNLOAD THE TASR-A
Teen Functional Assessment (TeFA)
The TeFA is a self-report tool. It is meant to be completed by the patient and should take no more than three minutes to complete for most adolescents. The health care provider can use the information obtained on the TeFA to probe for further information – especially in those areas where the young person noted worse or much worse than usual and in those domains that the teen identifies as either self or parental worry.
Psychotherapeutic Support for Teens (PST)
Mood Enhancing Prescription (MEP)
Mental Health Therapeutic Outcomes Tool (TOT)
Cheil Kutcher Side Affects Scale (CKS)
This antidepressant monitoring tool collects and tracks a wealth of information on patients reactions to medications.
DOWNLOAD THE CKS
Currently available in English
Clinical Global Impression (CGI)
The Clinical Global Impression (CGI) is an invaluable tool for monitoring the treatment outcomes of any patient. It is easy to use (instructions follow), easy to record and gives the health provider a useful and reliable means of telling if the patient is getting better or not. Routine use of the CGI at every clinic visit can help simplify record keeping and lets you know how your patient has done over the duration of her/his care.
DOWNLOAD THE CGI
Currently available in English
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