Multidisciplinary efforts to address child abuse and neglect have always been complex and rarely without conflict. The current climate of extreme division and polarization has compounded existing pressures and differences. Activism and social movements can promote healing and change, but they can also unintentionally fracture professional relationships, leading groups to faction off and work at odds. This results in systemic breakdowns and ineffective responses for survivors and communities. The challenge we address in this workshop is “How do we repair and strengthen effective multidisciplinary collaborations in a polarized and divided climate?” In this session, we (1) aim to facilitate a critical conversation exploring the tensions and challenges of multidisciplinary efforts in a polarized climate and (2) increase professional skills to rebuild and maintain effective, victim-centered multidisciplinary efforts. We will introduce the “no blame no shame” model, and provide concrete tools/takeaways attendees can use to manage conflict, de-escalate tension, and promote collaboration that results in resilient, effective teams. This workshop is intended for anyone working as part of a multidisciplinary team or effort.
Upon completion, participant will be able to define the "justice gap" for victims of violence and identify specific ways multidisciplinary teams and collaborations bridge that gap, resulting in improved individual and systemic outcomes
Upon completion, participant will be able to recognize the unique challenges and impact of hastag activism and social polarization on multidisciplinary collaborations and teams that weaken their effectiveness to bridge the justice gap
Upon completion, participant will take away evidence based tools and best practice approaches to reduce divisiveness and strengthen multidisciplinary collaboration and teamwork, resulting in positive survivor and community outcomes