Collaborative Groups: Application of a Framework for Interprofessional Collaboration in a High School Setting Interprofessional collaboration (IPC), also referred to as interdisciplinary collaboration, is defined in the social work literature as “an effective interpersonal process that facilitates the achievement of goals that cannot be reached when individual professionals act on their own” (Bronstein, 2003, p. 299). IPC is well documented in health care literature ... Article
Article  |   November 2015
Collaborative Groups: Application of a Framework for Interprofessional Collaboration in a High School Setting
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  • Andrea Carr Tyszka
    Salus University, Elkins Park, PA
    Functionally Able Rehab, Medford Lakes, NJ
  • Lynette DiLuzio
    Maple Shade School District, Maple Shade, NJ
  • Disclosures: Financial: Andrea Carr Tyszka and Lynette DiLuzio have no relevant financial interests to disclose.
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Article   |   November 2015
Collaborative Groups: Application of a Framework for Interprofessional Collaboration in a High School Setting
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, November 2015, Vol. 16, 131-138. doi:10.1044/sbi16.4.131
History: Received July 6, 2015 , Revised September 14, 2015 , Accepted September 18, 2015
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, November 2015, Vol. 16, 131-138. doi:10.1044/sbi16.4.131
History: Received July 6, 2015; Revised September 14, 2015; Accepted September 18, 2015

Interprofessional collaboration (IPC), also referred to as interdisciplinary collaboration, is defined in the social work literature as “an effective interpersonal process that facilitates the achievement of goals that cannot be reached when individual professionals act on their own” (Bronstein, 2003, p. 299). IPC is well documented in health care literature and is largely considered best practice in both clinical & educational settings. So much so that the World Health Organization (WHO) developed a Framework for Action on Interprofessional Education (WHO, 2010) and the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative (CIHC) developed a National Interprofessional Competency Framework (CIHC, 2010). According to a systematic review of collaborative models for health and education professionals working in the school settings, models of IPC are described in research but not explicitly evaluated, and there remains a need for robust research in this area (Hillier, Civetta, & Pridham, 2010). This article describes the implementation of an IPC with high school aged students in a special education classroom. The following interconnecting domains from the Canadian National Interprofessional Competency Framework (CIHC, 2010) will be discussed and described:

  • Role Clarification

  • Patient/Client/Family/Community-Centered

  • Team Functioning

  • Collaborative Leadership

  • Interprofessional Communication

  • Interprofessional Conflict Resolution

  • Background considerations, benefits, and barriers will be reviewed also.

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