Enhancing Motivation in Treatment: A Case Study and Professional Development Planning Method


By David S. Prescott, LICSW

Available Spring 2013 from NEARI Press




Around the world and across time, adults have experienced the challenge of motivating adolescents to change. Fortunately, there have been major advances in recent years in understanding how to effectively assess teenagers who have sexually abused, what works in their treatment and how to engage adolescents in their own change process.

This composite case example offers practical ideas and strategies for engaging a teen client from the very beginning of the process.  And then building upon that engagement towards successful outcomes and equally important, sidestepping the inevitable pitfalls in building motivation with teens who have abused. In it this brief text, the reader is offered an innovative self-examination process designed for building professional skills for engaging and motivating teens. While reading books on treatment and going to conferences can aid one’s professional development, there is nothing like seeing the actual work unfold in new ways