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MCH Leadership Competencies

Competency 10: Interdisciplinary/Interprofessional Team Building

DEFINITION

MCH systems are interdisciplinary/interprofessional (ID/IP) in nature. ID/IP practice provides a supportive environment in which the skills and expertise of team members from different disciplines, including a variety of professionals, MCH populations, and community partners, are acknowledged and seen as essential and synergistic. Input from each team member is elicited and valued in making collaborative, outcome-driven decisions to address individual, community-level, or systems-level problems.

Members of an ID/IP team may include a variety of professionals, MCH populations, family and self-advocate leaders, and community partners. The "team", which is the core of ID/IP practice, is characterized by mutual respect among stakeholders, shared leadership, equal or complementary investment in the process, and acceptance of responsibility for outcomes.

KNOWLEDGE AREAS

MCH leaders will demonstrate a working knowledge of:

  • MCH stakeholders, their roles, and how they can contribute to a successful team.
  • Team building concepts, including stages of team development; practices that enhance teamwork; and management of team dynamics

SKILLS

Foundational. At the foundational level, MCH leaders will:

  1. Accurately describe roles, responsibilities, and scope of practice of other professions, MCH members, and families.
  2. Actively seek out and use input from people with diverse perspectives to make decisions.
  3. Identify and assemble team members with knowledge and skills appropriate to a given task.
  4. Facilitate group processes for team-based decisions, including articulating a shared vision, building trust and respect, and fostering collaboration and cooperation.
  5. Advanced. Building on the foundational skills, MCH leaders will:
  6. Model curiosity about differences and appreciation for individual contributions, as these are essential to effective ID/IP teams.
  7. Identify and redirect forces that negatively influence team dynamics.
  8. Use shared outcomes to promote team synergy.
  9. Share leadership based on appropriate use of team member strengths in carrying out activities and managing challenges.
  10. Adopt tools, techniques, and methods of a range of MCH disciplines representing diverse perspectives to address challenges and meet needs.
  11. Use knowledge of competencies and roles for disciplines other than one’s own to improve teaching, research, advocacy, and systems of care.

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