Practice strategies for assessment and engagement

Emerging Minds, Australia, October 2021

Resource Summary

Practice strategies for assessment and engagement is a free online training course aimed at accredited mental health practitioners. It focuses on simple practice shifts that can support professionals to engage with children in ways that notice, acknowledge and build on children’s strengths, skills and know-how.

This child mental health training course aims to promote the use of daily functional assessment, to help you consider a ‘whole child’ approach to your work. Functional assessments prioritise a focus on every aspect of the child’s life, including their hopes and their goals, rather than focusing solely on their problems or conditions.

By focusing on the child’s values, the family’s stories of resilience, and the ways they can support the child to live their ‘best life’, professionals can help reduce the problem and increase the child’s and family’s feelings of self-efficacy.

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