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Engaging Families in Clinical Services: A Discussion on Engagement in Family Advocacy Settings

December 3, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EST

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About This Webinar:

Successful completion of clinical services is closely associated with caregiver participation in treatment (McPherson et al, 2012). However, less than 50% of families who are scheduled to participate in therapy services attend their first appointment (Harrison et al, 2004).

This webinar focuses on common factors that impact engagement for families in clinical services. Further, the research of McKay et al. related to caregiver engagement is discussed and applied to the family advocacy setting.

On-Demand Recording:

Learning Objectives:

Participants will…

  1. Identify the factors, protective and otherwise, that impact engagement in clinical services.
  2. Discuss professional and caregiver perceptions of clinical services, the role systems play in these services and their relationship to engagement.
  3. Identify at least two strategies to enhance professional and caregiver engagement in clinical services using research-based methods developed by Mary McKay, Ph.D.


Amanda Mitten photoAmanda Mitten, MA, is a Licensed Professional Counselor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. Ms. Mitten received her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2014.

Her clinical experiences include evidence-based interventions for children with disruptive behavior disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, and other trauma-related disorders, children with problematic sexual behavior, and assessment of children prenatally exposed to drugs and alcohol. Ms. Mitten also serves as the program coordinator for CCAN’s Child Trauma Services Program (CTSP).

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Dionna Weixel, MS, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN). Ms. Weixel received her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2017.

Her clinical interests and work focus on providing evidence-based interventions for children with problematic sexual behaviors, disruptive behavior disorders, and trauma-related disorders. Ms. Weixel is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and Problematic Sexual Behavior-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (PSB-CBT) for school-age and preschool children. 

Continuing Education (CE) Credit

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Continuing Education

  • Social Work, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists: Programming approval for CE credits has been obtained for Social Work, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists from the UT Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work.
    • **Note: Eligibility for CE credit expires on December 3, 2024.
  • Certified Family Life Educators: Contact Hours from the National Council on Family Relations to CFLEs are available.
  • Case Managers: Case Management Continuing Education Credits from the Commission for Case Manager Certification are no longer available for this webinar. However, please click the button above to complete an evaluation to give us your feedback.
  • Certificates of completion are available for providers interested in documenting their training activities.

For questions about continuing education opportunities, email OneOp Family Development at [email protected].

Event Materials

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SBCY Series LogoThis webinar is part of the Sexual Behavior in Children & Youth (SBCY) Series. For more information on other professional development opportunities on this topic, visit the series homepage!

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December 3, 2020
11:00 am - 12:30 pm EST
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Sexual Behavior in Children and Youth (SBCY) Series