Self-Regulation and Goal Attainment in Employment Programs

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CE Course Description

There is increasing interest in the role that self-regulation may play in the ability of people to obtain and maintain employment.  This CE course describes how the development and use of self-regulation skills may be hindered by environmental factors, as well as how these skills may be strengthened through interventions and strategies that have been successful in other contexts.

Author:  Cavadel, E., Kauff, J., Anderson, M.A., McConnell, S., and Derr, M.  (2017, February).  Self-Regulation and Goal Attainment: A New Perspective for Employment Programs.  OPRE Report 2017-12.  Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Washington, DC.

References / Contributions by:

Alan, S., T. Boneva, and S. Ertac.  “Ever Failed, Try Again, Succeed Better: Results from a Randomized Educational Intervention on Grit.”  Chicago: University of Chicago, 2016.

Bandura, A.  “On the Functional Properties of Perceived Self-Efficacy Revisited.”  Journal of Management, vol. 38, no. 1, January 2012, pp. 9-44.

Bick, J. and C.A. Nelson.  “Early adverse experiences and the developing brain.”  Neuropsychopharmacology, vol. 41, no. 1, 2016, pp. 177-196.

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CE Course Objectives

1.  Compare and contrast intrinsic vs. extrinsic incentives.

2.  Conclude which personality factor is conceptually related to, and highly correlated with, grit.

3.  List four skills that are affected by early exposure to a range of adverse experiences.

4.  Name the three primary components of metacognition.

5.  Provide three cognitive skills that have been linked to the ability to set and pursue goals.

CE Outline with Main Points

1.  Introduction

a.  Research objectives

b.  Research methods

2.  The Self-Regulation Skills That Support Goal Attainment

a.  Cognitive skills

b.  Emotional skills

c.  Personality factors

3.  Environmental Factors That Can Impede Self-Regulation and Goal Attainment

a.  Adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress

b.  Poverty

4.  Strategies to Promote Goal Attainment by Strengthening Self-Regulation Skills or Facilitating the Use of Self-Regulation

a.  Evidence-based interventions for improving self-regulation skills

b.  Other promising program strategies that support self-regulation skills or reduce self-regulation burdens

c.  Employment programs using self-regulation strategies

5.  Measuring Self-Regulation in the Context of Employment Programs

a.  The importance of measuring self-regulation

b.  Measurement selection

c.  Measuring the cognitive, emotional, and personality components of self-regulation

d.  Ongoing challenges in the measurement of self-regulation

6.  Methodology

7.  Illustrative Studies Demonstrating Effectiveness of Evidence-Based Strategies



Social Work Approval

Social Work CE Credit for this course is offered with the following approvals. Many state boards of social work will accept the approvals listed. Provider Approvals by state and license type can be found here.

  • Quantum Units Education is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, CAMFT Provider #89970, to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEP. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
  • Florida board for Social Workers CE Provider #50-8650 (Quantum 'immediately' reports CE Credits to Florida licensees) 
  • Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, License No. 159.001261 approved CE Sponsor
  • Ohio CSWMFTB #RCST091701 approved CE Provider
  • Texas Board of SWE #5070 approved CE Provider
  • Quantum Units Education, #1289, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 01/03/2023 - 01/03/2026. Social workers completing this course receive 2.50 'General' continuing education credits.

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CAADE Approval

This course does not have CAADE approval for CEUs.


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Added On: 02/01/2017

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