And Don'ts For Working With Families
Contributed by Creasa Reed 08/93
- Take time to form opinions about
- Be direct.
- Trust the family's instincts.
- Speak language that families understand.
- View families as a whole,
not as a case.
- Assist families with life plans; not treatment plans.
- Don't be a voice on the telephone.
- Don't be condescending.
- Involve families in every
level of planning.
- Keep families informed.
- Accept family lifestyles and cultural differences.
- Keep private lives private.
- Respect family's schedules.
- Be accessible.
- Don't compare your children to the children in the family.
- Follow through.
- Don't become another layer of bureaucracy.
- Be a partner.
- Respect their privacy.
- Follow their house rules.
- Look at services that families
need, not whether it is billable.
- Remember who is in charge.
- Be patient.