Competency 10: Interdisciplinary/Interprofessional Team Building
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.
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
Foundational. At the foundational level, MCH leaders will:
- Accurately describe roles, responsibilities, and scope of practice of other professions, MCH members, and families.
- Actively seek out and use input from people with diverse perspectives to make decisions.
- Identify and assemble team members with knowledge and skills appropriate to a
- Facilitate group processes for team-based decisions, including articulating a shared
vision, building trust and respect, and fostering collaboration and cooperation.
Advanced. Building on the foundational skills, MCH leaders will:
- Model curiosity about differences and appreciation for individual contributions, as these
are essential to effective ID/IP teams.
- Identify and redirect forces that negatively influence team dynamics.
- Use shared outcomes to promote team synergy.
- Share leadership based on appropriate use of team member strengths in carrying out
activities and managing challenges.
- Adopt tools, techniques, and methods of a range of MCH disciplines representing
diverse perspectives to address challenges and meet needs.
- 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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