CEP 4 : Engagement

Estimated Duration: 
1 hour

This course is part of the Introduction to Co-existing Problems (CEP) in Youth series. Providing CEP interventions for young people is a challenge as they are a diverse, heterogeneous group who often only present at a time of crisis or at the insistence of others. 

Young people with CEP may not see that they have a problem or even if they do, may not want help for it. If you combine this reluctance about accessing health services with the ambivalence about change that is a feature of most addictive disorders, it is easy to see why getting young people to access help for CEP can be difficult. 

Because of this CEP enhanced youth services need to have an engagement focus to bring about best outcomes for those young people presenting with CEP.

In this course you will learn:

  • What factors have been shown to increase engagement in young people.
  • How best to apply engagement both in terms of service delivery and in therapeutic work with individuals and families. 
  • How you might enhance engagement in the practice or service you work in.
  • How a young person’s developmental stage can impact on their engagement with treatment.
  • What is important in issues related to consent and confidentiality for young people and their families. 
  • The importance of involving families/whanau.

Overview of the CEP Courses.

This course is part of the Introduction to the Co-existing Problems in Youth series, and are accessible following completion of CEP 1.

Courses in this series include:

The courses are based closely on the following guideline: 

Co-Existing Problems (CEP) & Youth: A Resource for Enhancing Practice and Service Delivery

Other key related guidelines that will enhance your learning include:

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Following the course you will find a short quiz designed to help consolidate your learning. When you complete the quiz please hit the 'submit' button to receive your certificate. This course provides 1 MOPs point or 1 hour of CPD.


This content has been developed by the Werry Centre, a research, teaching and workforce development centre for child and adolescent mental health, situated within the Department of Psychological Medicine and Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland.

The material is presented by the Goodfellow Unit (GFU), an accredited continuing medical education/ continuing professional development (CME/CPD) provider for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and functions under a tripartite agreement between the Goodfellow Foundation, the College and the University of Auckland. The Unit is located within the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, and within the School of Population Health, one of the five Schools within the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.


This CEP course is made available to you upon completion of CEP 1: An Introduction to Co-existing Problems in Youth.


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