We all have our perspective of what we think is the best or most effective way to provide services that support our clients. Whether we are behavior analysts, mental health counselors, occupational therapists, speech therapists, physical therapists, psychiatrists, primary care physicians. What we have in common, is our desire to help those we serve.
What do we do when there are challenges to collaboration? How can we work together for the best outcomes for our clients?
- Keep an open mind to others perspectives, even if it is different than yours we can always learn from one another’s experience and ideas.
- Keep yourself in check and do not become defensive, this simply does not work, and the truth is no one has all the answers and working together is more effective than wasting time not working together.
- Find common ground, build rapport, support and encourage one another.
- Go the extra distance to build the relationships and maintain relationships by having professional courtesy, sharing information, being positive about others contribution.
- Speak to the issue at hand but be careful not to criticize the individuals involved.
- If you have a conflict with someone, go to them directly to discuss. Do not talk about them to others but try to resolve the conflict with that person. If you are that person, be open to discussing someone else’s issue with you in the hopes that you will grow, learn, and build rapport with that person sitting in front of you. And remember, it is not easy to deal with a conflict so respect the person for bringing it to your attention.
Having an attitude of collaboration and cooperation is essential. It can mean the support for our clients in the best way or limiting support and being in the way.