Engaging families in child mental health services

Departments of Psychiatry and Community Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, 1425 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10029, USA.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America (Impact Factor: 2.6). 11/2004; 13(4):905-21, vii. DOI: 10.1016/j.chc.2004.04.001
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To increase the involvement of urban youth and families who need mental health services, child mental health agencies and providers might consider the following: (1) examining intake procedures and developing interventions to target specific barriers to service use; (2) providing training and supervision to providers to increase a focus on engagement in the first face-to-face meetings with youth and families; (3) providing service delivery options with input from consumers regarding types of services offered. Involvement of youth and their families is a primary goal that must receive as much attention as any other part of the service delivery process. One might argue that without youth and family participation, effective services never will be provided to youth and families in need.

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    • "Attendance involves the presence of the agreed-upon participants during a therapeutic contact (Nock & Ferriter, 2005) and is an easy-to-measure outcome with demonstrated associations with treatment outcome (e.g., Baydar, Reid, & Webster-Stratton, 2003). Multiple scholars have published qualitative reviews of engagement intervention studies presenting strategies for increasing initial attendance and ongoing retention in services, such as appointment reminders, discussion and resolution of barriers to treatment, incentives, and motivational interviewing (e.g., Ingoldsby, 2010; McKay & Bannon, 2004). Yet the overreliance on attendance as the primary outcome of interest has important implications for our conceptualization of evidence-based engagement interventions . "
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    ABSTRACT: Using the distillation component of the Distillation and Matching Model framework (Chorpita, Daleiden, & Weisz, 2005), we examined which engagement practices were associated with three domains of treatment engagement: attendance, adherence, and cognitive preparation (e.g., understanding of, readiness for treatment). Eighty-nine engagement interventions from 40 randomized controlled trials in children' s mental health services were coded according to their engagement practices and outcomes. Analyses examined whether the practices used in successful interventions differed according to engagement domain. Practice patterns differed somewhat depending on whether attendance, adherence, or cognitive preparation was the outcome of interest. For example, assessment of barriers to treatment frequently occurred in successful interventions targeting attendance, whereas homework assignment frequently occurred in successful interventions when adherence was the target outcome. Modeling and expectation setting were frequently used in successful interventions targeting cognitive preparation for treatment. Distillation provides a method for examining the practice patterns associated with different engagement outcomes. An example of the application of these findings to clinical practice includes using certain practices (e.g., assessment, psychoeducation about services, and accessibility promotion) with all youth and families to promote attendance, adherence, and cognitive preparation. Then, other practices (e.g., modeling, homework assignment) can be added on an as-needed basis to boost engagement or to address interference in a particular engagement domain. The use of a distillation framework promotes a common language around engagement and highlights practices that lend themselves well to training, thereby promoting the dissemination of engagement interventions.
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    • "One factor contributing to service-delivery gaps for children with behavioral problems is failure to effectively engage families in ways that are common in partnership models (McKay & Bannon, 2004). One parent partnership model with emerging empirical support from several experimental single case design studies (e.g., Colton & Sheridan, 1998; Sheridan , Kratochwill, & Elliott, 1990; Weiner, Sheridan, & Jenson, 1998) and at least one largescale randomized trial (Sheridan et al., 2012) is conjoint behavioral consultation (CBC; Sheridan & Kratochwill, 2008). "
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