This workshop is designed to assist professionals and families who have children with disabilities to better understand the challenges, complexities, and possibilities faced as they form and maintain partnerships. Using humor and stories, Janice explores the unique dimensions that complicate this working relationship from both perspectives: parent and professional. She addresses such questions as: Can there truly be a partnership? What does each partner bring to this alliance, both the similarities and differences? How can partners be more effective in their work together?
As a result participants strengthen their insights about their partnerships and are better equipped to collaborate more effectively as they develop plans for and with children and youth with disabilities.
- To enhance the insight and understanding of the unique dimensions that complicates the working relationship from both perspectives: parents and professionals.
- To identify at least three strategies which promote partnerships
- To reframe the label “in denial.”
- To renew a personal commitment to forming partnerships among parents and professionals.