One of the greatest benefits of multi-disciplinary teams is an advantage in getting different perspectives, especially when dealing with complex clients. Yet despite its benefits, in many ways, it increases our workload and our accountability. This includes not just other colleagues but insurance, hospitals, social workers and different tiers of cooperation. A multidisciplinary team can challenge our priorities and can compromise our efficacy as clinicians. This lecture will assist practitioners in gleaning the best out of the resources that are available and how to navigate the pitfalls of an imperfect system.
Working with clients with mental health and addiction can be extremely exhausting especially when the client has multiple complex issues such as relationships, legal, financial, medical, etc. As a clinician, our job is to neatly peel away the layers of complexity to assist the client in making more clear and healthy decisions that improve the quality of their life. In order to accomplish this, we often have to interact with a number of other professionals with different schools of thought and recommendations which can create conflict for ourselves and the client. This can sometimes become clumsy and burdensome which in turn increases our own stress and workload. We suddenly become accountable to multiple members of a team who are all designed to assist the client but also have different standards of success.
As clinicians, we are often torn between the system and the client and who the real customer is. Our challenge is to learn how to establish boundaries that protect ourselves as well as the client while maintaining our ethical obligations.
1. Participants will explore strategies that will assist them in dealing with conflict.
2. Participants will differentiate the source of conflict between the client versus the team.
3. Participants will explore the criteria for success in criteria treatment.
4. Participants will identify how to maintain personal validation despite disruption in the workplace and clients that are suffering.