Principle 5: Joint training can help develop staff commitment to collaboration

Practitioners are more likely to engage in collaborative practices if they understand the advantages of collaboration and are confident in their knowledge about how to collaborate.

Such knowledge and skills can be developed during joint training sessions where practitioners from different programs and services are brought together.

Things to consider:

1. Staff training programs can create a common language between services and help overcome barriers to cross-sector collaboration.

2. Co-ordinated cross-sector training has the potential to improve workers understanding of other services, strengthen professional relationships and increase confidence to refer.

3. Through training together a 'community of practice' can be fostered where practitioners from different professional disciplines begin to see themselves as a team.

Case Example

Joint training in family inclusive practice

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