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The Assertive Engagement Initiative at Multnomah County's Department of County Human Services is a social service approach to working with people that honors them as the experts in their own lives. Assertive Engagement (AE) is compatible with other social service models and draws from Strength Based Practice, Assertive Community Treatment, and Motivational Interviewing. AE is informed by program models of many local agencies. 

Assertive Engagement can apply holistically to clients, service providers, supervisors, agencies, and systems by helping us navigate power dynamics and use empathy in our interactions. The initiative aims to support and complement frameworks centered on equity, anti-oppression, and trauma-informed care.

We provide trainings, technical assistance, and policy analysis to our partners and to county staff. We strive to honor the historic work by many agencies to build programs that are participant-centered, strength-based, or culturally specific.

For more information, download the  Assertive Engagement Initiative Handout 2018 (191.87 KB)


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