Family Involvement

Family involvement is a critical aspect of work aimed at improving the lives of children. Research and experience in education, mental health and medicine suggests that the level of family engagement and empowerment plays a key role in initiating and sustaining use of services, in increasing family satisfaction with and commitment to services and in improving child outcomes. Families are also more likely to participate in the treatment process and follow through on recommendation if they feel included in the decision-making process.

At GUCCHD, we have projects aimed at understanding the process of involving families, the factors that facilitate and impede this process, the impact on families of youth experiencing developmental and behavioral/emotional challenges and the impact of family involvement on youth outcomes. In addition we are actively developing programs to enhance provider-family partnerships and interventions to infuse family engagement into evidence-based practice.

Current Family Involvement Projects

  • The Partnership Project
    A project to develop and test web-based training resources for mental health providers, support staff and administrators working in mental health care settings. This training provides knowledge and skills needed to establish and maintain effective treatment partnerships with families seeking mental health services in community or hospital settings. A collaboration with Danya International, Inc., a health education company and supported by NIH grant R43 MH075147.
  • Family Burden and Service Effectiveness
    Studies examining the predictors of perceived burden borne by families of children diagnosed with ADHD and Developmental Disorders, the relationship between burden and service use and their interaction in predicting outcomes. Supported by NIH grant K23 MH01899.
  • Common Factors Treatment Program (CFTP) for Primary Care
    Common factors relate to the process of care—the interaction of patient and provider and the skills providers use to influence behavior change. This project will employ a participatory intervention development framework to create and test the feasibility of CFTP for children with anxiety problems and their parents.

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