APS may be better able to empathize with the victim and ensure needed services are being offered. Furthermore, team members are able to provide support to one another, which may reduce the secondary trauma effects associated with these difficult cases. Ideally, the net result is a better outcome for older victims. Agencies that work collaboratively can produce better solutions for victims, MDT members, and the community.
Successful partnerships can benefit victims in the following ways:.
Conducting various evaluations in-home as a team lessens the burden of multiple interviews for the alleged abuse victims, while simultaneously gathering information on needed services for older victims as well as evidence for possible prosecution. An MDT enhances the probability that no matter where victims enter the system, they have access to coordinated services.
As victims may receive concurrent services by many disciplines, coordination of these services may reduce the number of systems victims have to navigate. Collaboration promotes greater awareness of available services, and improves access to and receipt of services for victims. Collaboration produces creative solutions that no one agency could produce on its own. Working as an MDT provides informal social support for victims, enhanced monitoring and follow-up beyond the crisis period, potentially reducing the recurrence of elder abuse. Collaboration facilitates more effective and positive outcomes for clients.
For example, if health care professionals need to spend time being social workers, then fewer medical needs may be attended to, but if someone else can do the social work, then health care professionals can focus on the medical needs of the client. Working collaboratively benefits each agency represented on the MDT. Successful partnerships can benefit MDT members in the following ways:. Responsibility for a case ensuring safety, permanency, and well-being is shared among the MDT members. This not only lends greater confidence to team members regarding case planning, but it may reduce liability risks due to the input of high-level agency representatives and qualified medical and legal consultants brought in when appropriate.
Decisions regarding the client are better informed and reviewed prior to implementation. Every agency has legal and policy restrictions on their response to elder abuse that other agencies may be able to fill if the need is known. MDT members may back each other up, pointing out the importance of various MDT disciplines to victims. Through exposure to different disciplines, team members:.
Broaden and enrich their understanding of elder abuse, and. Sharpen their professional skills to better manage and build cases. MDT members can access the pool of experts on the MDT to obtain assistance in resolving difficult cases. MDTs can instill confidence that the case is being handled the best way possible by obtaining validation from other team members.
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MDTs can enhance job satisfaction by promoting collegiality and motivation, while supporting one another by providing a safe place to vent frustration, relieve tension, and share feelings of helplessness. MDTs extend and leverage interagency resources in part by reducing the financial and staff burden on individual agencies. If one agency does not have the resources a victim needs, someone else on the MDT likely does.
MDTs can identify service gaps and make system changes. MDTs improve the ability of agencies to share information and track families across agencies. Through group decision-making, fewer errors are made potentially reducing legal risk. Successful partnerships can benefit communities in the following ways:. Providing a forum for balancing the interests and perspectives of professionals from diverse disciplines, clients, and society.
Enhancing relationships among public and private service providers. Creating community responsibility for victim safety. Strengthening families, which strengthens communities.
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Extending the reach of limited resources within a community. Introduction Although MDTs have been in existence for decades, they are only recently gaining widespread acceptance and adoption. Defining a Multidisciplinary Team Rooted in the biopsychosocial model, MDTs are defined as a group of people comprised of representatives from three or more disciplines who work collaboratively , bound by a common purpose the MDT has a shared goal and shared definition of the problem they are addressing , and is characterized by five elements: Shared Decision-Making The entire team participates in the decision making process, sharing information, and sharing successes.
The Need for Multidisciplinary Teams.
The two key assumptions are that: Complex cases require a complex response No one agency can address all the needs physical, emotional, intellectual, familial, interpersonal, financial, social, cultural, and spiritual of an older victim. Benefits of a Multidisciplinary Team Approach Working in unison, the strength of each agency can complement the others. Successful partnerships can benefit victims in the following ways: Conducting various evaluations in-home as a team lessens the burden of multiple interviews for the alleged abuse victims, while simultaneously gathering information on needed services for older victims as well as evidence for possible prosecution.
Successful partnerships can benefit MDT members in the following ways: Responsibility for a case ensuring safety, permanency, and well-being is shared among the MDT members. Successful partnerships can benefit communities in the following ways: Providing a forum for balancing the interests and perspectives of professionals from diverse disciplines, clients, and society.
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