Importance Of Engagement In Mental Health

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Mental Health – Engagement Engagement is the process in which the client becomes an active participant in treatment. Clients who are involved in this part of the therapeutic process are more likely to experience positive outcomes of treatment. The engagement process involves developing an “agreement on the goals and tasks of treatment” through the collaboration of the therapist and client (Friedlander, Escudero & Heatherington, 2006). This paper will explain evidence-based techniques that are used to engage clients in a behavioral setting. The reader will be able to identify why the different techniques are used, and they will be able to identify the barriers of engagement with diverse populations. Mental health practitioners employ evidence-based…show more content…
This process creates rapport, understanding, and empathy with the client. The therapeutic process of engagement is important to both voluntary and involuntary clients. Practitioners have the ability to utilize several evidence-based techniques to engage their client in treatment. Alyssa’s treatment took on a client-centered approach that engages in open-ended questioning, active listening, and validation and feedback.

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