Improving Goal Achievement Behavior in Adults with Limited Incomes

$3.00 | CE Hours:1.00 | Intermediate


CE Course Description

Self-regulation and goal attainment are promising areas of focus for employment programs due to the role that self-regulation and goal attainment may play in the ability of low-income adults to get and keep a job.  This CE course presents a conceptual framework suggesting new approaches to improving economic self-sufficiency and well-being outcomes for low-income adults participating in employment programs.

Author:  Anderson, Mary Anne, Jacqueline F. Kauff, and Elizabeth W. Cavadel.  (2017, June).  Improving Outcomes Among Employment Program Participants Through Goal Attainment: A Conceptual Framework.  OPRE Report #2017-90, Washington DC: Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Babcock, E.  “Using Brain Science to Design New Pathways Out of Poverty.”  Boston, MA: Crittenton Women’s Union, 2014.

Bick, J., and C.A. Nelson.  “Early Adverse Experiences and the Developing Brain.”  Neuropsychopharmacology, vol. 41, no. 1, 2016, pp. 177-196.

Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.  “Building Core Capabilities for Life: The Science Behind the Skills Adults Need to Succeed in Parenting and in the Workplace.”  Cambridge, MA: Harvard University, 2016.

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CE Course Objectives

1.  Conclude the phenomenon that can lead a person to make short-term decisions that alleviate urgent needs but cause greater financial challenges in the long run.

2.  Describe the five stages of behavioral change.

3.  Name the first step on the pathway to the ultimate outcome of interest and provides the foundation for the framework.

4.  Summarize the forms of psychotherapy that can be used when working with people on achieving their goals.

CE Outline with Main Points

1.  Foundational Research Supporting The Framework

a.  Self-regulation skills

b.  Goal achievement process

c.  The environment

2.  Elements Of The Conceptual Framework

a.  Cognitive skills

b.  Emotional skills

c.  Personality-related factors

d.  Readiness for change

e.  Goal setting

f.  Goal pursuit

g.  Evaluation

h.  Personal goal attainment and increased self-sufficiency

i.  The environment and the program context within it

j.  Interventions to strengthen self-regulation skills

k.  Strategies intended to facilitate the goal achievement process

l.  Strategies that address program context



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Added On: 2019-05-05

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