Practical Strategies for Engaging Families and Children

Practical Strategies for Engaging Families and Children 

The financial and human costs associated with poor engagement of children and their families in treatment services is one of the most serious behavioral healthcare problems in need of urgent solutions. Administrators, practitioners and supervisors are challenged to implement practical and effective strategies to engage the two-thirds to three-quarters of children and their families who are in need of treatment but are not engaged in ways that are likely to result in successful outcomes.


Hours: 1.50


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Course Details

Hours: 1.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 1/31/2021
Learning Objectives:
Describe the data related to the scope of the family and child engagment problems encountered in the behavioral healthcare system.
Describe the critical 5 factors that contributes to unsuccesful engagement strategies.
Describe at least 4 practical and research informed approaches to establish a first interview engagement process that anticipates, identifies and problem solves around barriers to continued treatment.
Describe several practical and research informed approaches to adapting and personalizing the treatment services in a way that increases the likelihood children and families will continue treatment.
Identify and select one or more practical and research informed approaches to integrate engagement practice innovations into their agency setting.

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Instructor: Rebecca Farley, BA
Ms. Farley is Director of Policy and Advocacy for the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, where she monitors legislation and Federal regulations related to health reform, health information technology (HIT), and mental health parity, providing timely information and technical assistance to members. In this role, Ms. Farley serves as Managing Editor of the Public Policy Update newsletter and primary blogger at Disclosure: Rebecca Farley, BA has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Instructor: Mary McKay, PhD
Dr. McKay joined New York University Silver School of Social Work in September 2011 as Professor and Director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy & Research. Prior to joining Silver, she served as the Head of the Division of Mental Health Services Research at Mount Sinai. She has received substantial federal funding for research focused on meeting the mental health and health prevention needs of inner-city youth and families. Working with colleagues in the field, she developed a substantial body of research findings around engagement practices to improve involvement in family-based HIV prevention programs and mental health services by children, youth, and families in poverty-impacted urban areas. She has significant expertise in services and implementation research methods, as well as 15 years of experience conducting HIV prevention and care oriented studies, all of which has been supported by continuous NIH funding. In addition, she has collaborated with the National Institute of Mental Health, the New York State Office of Mental Health, and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to create evidence-based engagement interventions and to test models of dissemination and training for mental health professionals in engagement best practices. Disclosure: Mary McKay, PhD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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