ERIC Number: ED460496
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
The Access Vermont Initiative: An Investigation of Team Development in Two Vermont Catchment Areas Providing Services to Children with Severe Emotional Disturbances and Their Families.
Fox, Barbara J.; Wright, Leanne M.
This study was designed to document the processes and dynamics of two multidisciplinary teams under the Access Vermont program, which provides services for children and youth with serious emotional disabilities and their families. In both cases, local interagency teams in the largely rural catchment areas developed plans for an initiative focused on family preservation and organized around a Stakeholders' Team comprised of various agency representatives and parent representatives. Qualitative methodology (interviews and analysis of meeting transcripts) was used to evaluate team members' experiences and perceptions. Analysis found five prominent themes concerning development of team unity and collaborative processes: (1) issues of trust; (2) professional and personal networking; (3) unifying goals and a common vision; (4) communication; and (5) inclusive community representation. The interview protocol is appended. (DB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Agency Cooperation, Attitudes, Children, Delivery Systems, Emotional Disturbances, Group Dynamics, Integrated Services, Interdisciplinary Approach, Interviews, Mental Health Programs, Research Methodology, Rural Areas, Severe Disabilities, State Programs, Teamwork
For full text: http://rtckids.fmhi.usf.edu/Proceed9th/9thprocindex.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: A System of Care for Children's Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base. Proceedings of the Annual Research Conference (9th, Tampa, FL, February 26-28, 1996); see EC 306 844.