Date of Award

Spring 2020

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Director of Thesis

Dr. Kimberly Becker

Second Reader

Dr. Davielle Lakind


Supervision is an important resource for assisting mental health providers in providing quality care to clients but not much is known about how its timing unfolds. Data for this study were drawn from the Reaching Families study, which examined the efficacy of a coordinated intervention framework for addressing engagement problems in children’s mental health. Providers from Los Angeles, California and across South Carolina were divided into two groups – one received training in a coordinated framework for addressing low engagement (Coordinated Knowledge System) and the other was a control condition (Delayed Training). The current study examined time between notification of a client being at risk for engagement problems and supervision to discuss the case, and then between that supervision session and the next treatment session, and whether there were differences between the two conditions and the two sites. It was hypothesized that CKS participants would demonstrate less time between events because they would have a framework to identify and implement interventions for engagement concerns. It was also hypothesized that Los Angeles practitioners would report less time between events because of their smaller caseloads and higher level of resources. Independent t-tests were run to compare time between events by condition and by site. Results showed that there was not a significant difference in time between events between the conditions but there was a significant difference between the two sites. Findings indicate a potential for a coordinated framework to improve clinical supervision but it needs to be tailored to each site.

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