Indicators of a healthy multidisciplinary team.
Lashley, Jodi L.
Half a nation : the newsletter of the State and National Finding Words Courses.
Vol. Winter 2005 , p. 1-5
Publication Information: Winona, MN : The National Child Protection Training Center.
Available from: National Child Protection Training Center
Winona State University P.O. Box 5838 Maxwell Hall, 2nd floor
Winona, MN 55987
Multidisciplinary teams alleviate the trauma experienced by children during child abuse investigations and interventions by coordinating the response of all involved agencies. The Multidisciplinary Review Team and Facilitator Project in Georgia surveyed the members of 15 teams in the state to identify the characteristics of effective multidisciplinary teams. Sixteen general qualities were found to be indicative of success, including accountability for the team and team members, efforts to prevent team member burnout, celebration of accomplishments, definition of purpose, and regular representation of all agencies. Evaluation plans, an identified meeting leader, orientation for new memers, written protocols, procedures for resolving conflict, supervisor support, and recognition of weaknesses also are important. This article briefly describes each characteristic. 26 references, 4 figures.
multidisciplinary teams; interagency collaboration; indicators; program evaluations; promising practices