Focus

APPRECOTS Focus Areas


Applied Behavioral Treatment and Support

Behaviors take energy. Since all living organisms are hard-wired to use energy for growth and gain, behaviors are completed to get needs met.  Understanding this premise is key to supporting individuals who are involved with human service systems by designing interactions that support getting needs met through healthy, positive behaviors. Adopting research-based methods to assess functions of behavior, increase skills, and implement positive behavior reinforcement programs is an effective way to both support long-lasting behavior changes for individuals and create healthy work, learn, and living environments.

Below are PDF files that address Positive Behavior Supports


Clinical Outcomes

Our focus on evidence based practices and attention to data allows us to assist stakeholders with products that withstand critical scrutiny. APPRECOTS specializes in data analytics and helps human service organizations use clinical outcomes to evaluate the effectiveness of their services.

APPRECOTS currently offers training and implementation support for the following clinical measurement tools:

  • Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale (CAFAS®)

  • Preschool and Early Childhood Functional Assessment Scale (PECFAS®)

  • Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA)

  • Adult Needs and Strengths Assessment (ANSA)

  • Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS)


Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing is a collaborative, person-centered form of guiding another person to elicit and strengthen their motivation for positive change. The effectiveness of the process has substantial research backing across multiple disciplines and is used world-wide.

Motivational Interviewing is for people whose work involves helping others achieve behavior change, such as psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, physicians, nurses, case workers, outreach workers, dietitians, therapists, clergy, personal trainers, probation/parole officers. Thousands of research studies have demonstrated the efficacy of utilizing Motivational Interviewing in settings where ambivalence about changing behaviors is common. It is also a process known to improve supervision and organizational climate.

To learn more about the processes of Motivational Interviewing, download a tip sheet here.

APPRECOTS is the only organization in Mid-Michigan with three members of the distinguished Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). MINT is a professional organization of independent MI trainers committed to improving the quality and effectiveness of counseling and consultations with clients about behavior change. For training information, email MI@apprecots.com.