HOPS & CHIEFS Program
Initiative Description: Two brief school-based interventions targeting the homework problems of adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): Homework, Organization, and Planning Skills (HOPS) intervention and the Completing Homework by ImprovingEfficiency and Focus (CHIEF).
The HOPS intervention targets organization and planning aspects of homework, whereas the CHIEF intervention targets focus and efficiency during home-work completion.
Participants were pulled from elective periods and sessions averaged less than 20 min.
The HOPS intervention was implemented as an individual (i.e.,1:1), 16-session intervention. The first 10 sessions occurred twice weekly and the final six sessions occurred once per week. For homework recording, the SMH provider taught the student how to accurately and consistently record homework assignments, projects and tests in a planner. The HOPS intervention included two 1-hr parent meetings. CHIEF intervention service delivery model was the exact same as the HOPS.
Study Results: Participants in HOPS and CHIEF demonstrated significantly greater improvements in comparison with waitlist on parent ratings of homework problems and organizational skills and effect sizes were large. HOPS participants also demonstrated moderate effect size improvements on materials management and organized action behaviors according to teachers
Reference: Langberg, J. M., Dvorsky, M. R., Molitor, S. J., Bourchtein, E., Eddy, L. D., Smith, Z. R., … Eadeh, H.-M. (2018). Overcoming the Research-to-Practice Gap: A Randomized Trial With Two Brief Homework and Organization Interventions for Students With ADHD as Implemented by School Mental Health Providers. Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology, 86(1), 39–55. https://doi.org/10.1037/ccp0000265
Level of Evidence: Excellent