The purpose of this course is to provide information and activities on models of teamwork, group decision-making, team process, leadership, and communication, and to explore how they influence services for children and youth with disabilities and their families. A significant portion of content/discussion will focus on the roles and functions of various disciplines (including families) as team members. Several case studies will be presented for trainees to discuss and to use in simulations of interdisciplinary teamwork in school systems.
By the completion of this course, trainees will:
- Gain knowledge of the educational preparation, licensure requirements, discipline specific language, and specialized services.
- Gain knowledge of the delivery models of the various disciplines who work with persons with developmental disabilities and their families, and funding issues that teams face in various service delivery systems.
- Demonstrate an understanding of team process including types, functions, barriers, problem solving, decision-making models, ethics, and leadership.
- Identify the value of the information and experiences that parents families as well as other disciplines bring to the team process.
- Apply knowledge and demonstrate skill in organizing, coordinating, and participating in simulated team decision making.
- Demonstrate skills in analyzing team processes and sharing feedback with team members.