Several evaluation and assessment tools have been developed by torture rehabilitation experts. Below is a list of the most common tools. Some of these have been translated, but not all translations have been validated.
Please contact the appropriate organization to learn more about each tool and for permission to use the tools.
Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS)
CAPS is a highly-regarded instrument developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD. To obtain this scale in its original version, complete the online request form at the VA website. A version for children and adolescents is available. An Arabic translation is available from our colleagues at Wayne State's Trauma Recovery Center.
Harvard Trauma Questionnaire
The Harvard Trauma Questionnaire is one of the most-used mental health evaluation tools. It has been translated into Vietnamese, Cambodian, Laotian, Japanese, Croatian and Bosnian. The Heartland Alliance's Marjorie Kovler Center has also developed an Arabic version.
Hopkins Symptom Checklist
The Hopkins Symptom Checklist 25 is a common mental health evaluation tool. It was originally developed by Parloff, Kelman, and Frank at Johns Hopkins University, and reduced to its 25-item version by Karl Rickels. Bosnian, Cambodian, Croatian, Japanese, Laotian, and Vietnamese are also available. HealTorture.org colleagues at the Heartland Alliance's Marjorie Kovler Center (5 HSCL 25- Arabic), and the International Counseling & Community Services at LCSNW (Arabic_3_Hopkins CL25_Final) have developed Arabic versions.
Posttraumatic Diagnostic Scale
The Posttraumatic Diagnostic Scale (PDS) is a 49-item self-report measure recommended for use in clinical or research settings to measure severity of PTSD symptoms related to a single identified traumatic event.