ERIC Number: ED381518
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Family/Professional Collaboration for Children with Special Health Needs and Their Families.
Bishop, Kathleen Kirk; And Others
This monograph represents the collective thinking of parents of children with special health needs, family members, and professionals concerning what is necessary and important in collaborative relationships. Collaboration is viewed as a way to improve quality of life and health of children and their families, by working together to humanize the service delivery system in a spirit of shared ownership and responsibility. Seven principles of family/professional collaboration are discussed. Family/professional collaboration: (1) promotes a relationship in which family members and professionals work together to ensure the best services for the child and the family; (2) recognizes and respects the knowledge, skills, and experience that families and professionals bring to the relationship; (3) acknowledges that the development of trust is an integral part of a collaborative relationship; (4) facilitates open communication so that families and professionals feel free to express themselves; (5) creates an atmosphere in which cultural traditions, values, and diversity of families are honored; (6) recognizes that negotiation is essential in a collaborative relationship; and (7) brings to the relationship the mutual commitment of families, professionals, and communities. The monograph concludes with a list of people and programs involved in the University of Vermont's Family/Professional Collaboration Project and a list of key elements of family-centered care. (Contains 39 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Washington, DC. Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
Authoring Institution: Vermont Univ., Burlington. Dept. of Social Work.