ERIC Number: ED219896
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Facilitating Multi-Disciplinary Conferences: Requisite Skills.
Epanchin, Betty C.; Owen, Michael
The Wright School (Durham, North Carolina) is a 24 student, short term residential ReEd program for emotionally disturbed children. A study of the Wright School Admission and Discharge Planning Conferences was undertaken to determine the level of conference participation by people in various roles and the nature of the topics being discussed during the conference. Every 30 seconds the observers recorded the topic being discussed and the role of the person speaking. Conference participants--who usually included day and night teacher counselors, the liasion teacher counselor, a parent, a child, a psychiatric/psychological consultant, and at least one person from the child's home school or mental health clinic--were also asked to complete a conference satisfaction questionnaire. Among findings were that mean length of conferences was 53 minutes; the topic receiving the greatest attention was school behavior, followed by home behavior; parents, as a group, are the most active participants; and participants rated the conferences very highly. Tables with statistical data are included as well as implications of findings, a copy of the questionnaire, and a sample observation form. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: ReEd Program
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (60th, Houston, TX, April 11-16, 1982, Session Th-5).