ERIC Number: ED332412
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Working Together: The Parent/Professional Partnership. Families as Allies Project.
Kelker, Katharin A.
This guide presents materials for use in a workshop designed for a combined audience of parents of children with emotional handicaps and professionals in the mental health and special education fields. The workshop is designed to provide quality interactions between parents and professionals that may affect their attitudes toward each other in a relatively short period of time. The format of the workshop allows a venting of the feelings parents and professionals may have about each other, and then moves beyond feelings to demonstrate the ways that parents and professionals can work together as a team. The workshop starts with self-analysis, moves through group and team work, and back to self-analysis. The workshop covers sources of feelings, approaches to cooperation, techniques of listening, messages to avoid, roles of professionals, and needs of parents. The workshop guide offers a rationale for each component of the workshop, identifies activities to take place during each component, lists materials needed, and notes the role of the facilitator. The guide includes a self-analysis questionnaire for professionals and for parents, the script of a video depicting an interaction between a parent of a teenage son and a social worker, and a 15-item bibliography. (JDD)
Descriptors: Child Advocacy, Counselor Client Relationship, Elementary Secondary Education, Emotional Disturbances, Interaction, Interpersonal Communication, Learning Activities, Mental Health Workers, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Problem Solving, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Social Workers, Special Education Teachers, Teaching Methods, Teamwork, Workshops
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD.; National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Portland State Univ., OR. Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health.