The Core Team engages in an ongoing
process of relationship building with
the youth and their family members to
collaborate on shared goals for treatment.
Engagement is conducted through
respectful curiosity about individual and
family strengths, needs, and culture. It
involves empathy, careful listening, sensitivity, humor, and compassion and establishes an expectation of shared decision making in which the youth and families’ voice, experiences, and opinions are prioritized and are persistently sought and validated. It demonstrates
mutual engagement: that you are where you want to be – with this family at this time – and ready to give full attention. Engagement is a critical aspect across the Core Team’s essential functions, not
just at a point in time, and takes into account individual youth and family readiness for change and meets them where they are.