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Process of Collaborative Consultation (Goal-Setting)

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  1. Families and professionals are collaborators and they are entitled to hold their own views.
    Collaborators communicate in a non-critical, non-threatening, conversational, nonconfrontational tone of voice. Example of conversational tone of voice: Share with me your daily routine and schedule… Example of direct criticism tone: Karin, you have to assume responsibility for….
  2. Collaborators each assume two roles, depending on the conversation:
    a) consultant and consultee
    b) expert and learner
    Example: “You know your child best. What do you think? I have some ideas to help Charlie….”
  3. Differing points of view – listen first look second talk third
  4. Keep your view, but shift it mentally to find a solution/goal/workable “plan”
    Make two columns
    On this side – My View | On this side – Karin’s View of Professionals
  5. 5. Say, “That sounds like a plan.”
  6. Write out the plan in “activity step” format, so the family participates in the steps.
  7. Practice the plan (rehearse it), do it. Change it.
  8. Have family-professional meetings that can take place anywhere – even on the phone – to keep evaluating the plan.
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