As the counselor for this interdisciplinary collaboration; is to navigate the dynamics of the team while maintaining a clear focus on the best interest of the client. The purpose of an interdisciplinary setting is to collaborate and consulate between professionals and non- professionals in the best practice for the client. This collaboration is to bring a group of professionals together to work on a treatment plan for the client in all aspects of the client’s life. As the counselor in the collaboration one needs to work with the client to obtain consent and arrange for other professionals to see the client in their professional field. The counselor will obtain all notes and test results to distribute among the professional to evaluate and request input from the different professionals for the best interest of the client. When working with different professionals it will be important maintain professionalize with everyone even when the team members have a difference of opinion for the treatment plan. In order for there to be a firm
Running head: Collaboration 5 collaboration with profession one needs to require strong interpersonal skills examples are listening, empathy, humor and facilitation. As the counselor it will be important to; use the feedback to make changes, problem solve and decision making while being able to show assertiveness, confidence and ability to communicate ideas appropriately. A possible problem that can occur is the inability to power share. To overcome this possible issues would be to be flexible and show interpersonal skills with each member of the collaboration. (Atieno & Geroski, 2017) Institutional Barriers One of the barriers that might hinder the client’s treatment plan will be with the social worker. The social worker has her own set of rules and regulation that govern the safety and welfare of the children in this scenario. The social worker has already indicated that she feels the voicemail left to her from the client warrants a possible report to Child Protective Services. One of the client’s fears is that her children will be taken away from her. This will be a barrier that needs to be address in the collaboration to support the client. As the counselor, this information will need to be discussed with the client so that she can make an informed decision about her treatment plan. As the counselor, it will be important to assist with overcoming this barrier for the client. This can be address with the social worker to wait on making a report if the client participates in the treatment plan and does not miss any appointments with the other professionals involved in her treatment.
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