Topic: Motivation and Engagement Programs
Definition for Motivation and Engagement Programs:
Motivation and Engagement Programs are defined by the CEBC as programs that increase the involvement of youth and/or families in child welfare or related services. Motivation and engagement programs typically involve working with family and youth in an inclusive, comprehensive, and results-oriented process that respectfully engages and draws upon strengths of the family. By valuing the perspectives of family members and all other participants, motivation and engagement work acknowledges, promotes, and maximizes the positive contributions of each member. This approach increases the likelihood of successful outcomes for the children and families involved.
- Target population: Families and youth involved in child welfare services
- Services/types that fit: Typically outpatient services, with individual, group, or family formats that target one of the following: the child directly, the parent and child together, the entire family, or providers who work with these families
- Delivered by: Child welfare workers, mental health professionals, or trained paraprofessionals
- In order to be included: Program must specifically target the motivation or engagement of youth and families in child welfare or related services
- In order to be rated: There must be research evidence (as specified by Scientific Rating Scale) that examines outcomes such as retention in services, satisfaction, and recidivism
Programs in this Topic Area
The programs listed below have been reviewed by the CEBC and, if appropriate, been rated using the Scientific Rating Scale.
One Program with a Scientific Rating of 1 - Well-Supported by Research Evidence:
- Motivational Interviewing (MI)Caregivers of children referred to the child welfare system, has been used with adolescents
One Program with a Scientific Rating of NR - Not able to be Rated:
- Signs of SafetyChildren and families where there has been suspected or substantiated child abuse or neglect
Why was this topic chosen by the Advisory Committee?
The Motivation and Engagement Programs topic area is relevant to child welfare because engaging families in constructive and trustworthy relationships is at the heart of effective child-welfare casework. Understanding motivation and engagement is essential to furthering child-welfare improvement efforts such as the Children and Family Services Review (CFSR) and its corresponding Program Improvement Plan (PIP).
Former CEBC Advisory Committee member
Mark Chaffin, PhD
Georgia State University