ERIC Number: ED032574
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Mar-21
Reference Count: 0
Joint Training of Professionals and Non-Professionals for Team Functioning.
Birnbaum, Martin L.
The joint training of professionals and non-professionals to work together as a team has received heavy emphasis in two projects: (1) Project ENABLE (Education for Neighborhood Action for Better Living Environment), and (2) the Child Study Association, Project Head Start Training Program for Parent Participation. The objectives in working with parents are: (1) to help parents improve their neighborhoods, (2) to help parents acquire power, and (3) to help parents achieve their aspirations and goals. Parent group education is the main method used. Teamwork is the concerted action of staff members and parents working together to achieve the purposes and goals of the program. Both professionals and nonprofessionals from poverty neighborhoods work with parents. New patterns in relationships emerge between parents and staff. The teamwork enhances the role functioning of both the professional and nonprofessional. Influences upon team functioning include: (1) commitment toward teamwork, and (2) mutual respect. The advantages of joint training include: common understandings of program concepts develop as a result of joint training. The main key to effective team functioning is seen as adequate training. (Author/KJ)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Child Study Association of America, Inc., New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: New York Univ., NY. Center for the Study of Unemployed Youth.
Note: Revised version of a paper presented at the 45th Annual Meeting of the American Orthopsychiatric Association, Chicago, Illinois, March 21, 1968.