The Significant Role a Multidisciplinary Care Team Has in the Implementation of a PBSP

Introduction

Each member of a multidisciplinary care team plays a unique and significant role in addressing a child’s or young person’s needs. Much like the human body, where each part serves a distinct purpose, every team member focuses on specific responsibilities while communicating with others to ensure holistic support for the child.

The Importance of a Multidisciplinary Care Team

With the collective effort of support coordinators, support workers, occupational therapists, speech therapists, guardians, psychologists, teachers, principals, counsellors, dieticians, paediatricians, and general practitioners, a Positive Behavioural Support Plan (PBSP) is effective. A PBSP is a living document that continuously integrates the knowledge of these professionals to support a client’s internal and external goals.

“Unity is strength…when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” – Mattie Stepanek

The Role of a PBSP

A PBSP is a roadmap, especially for clients with challenging and complex behaviours. Implementing a PBSP acknowledges the circumstances of the participant and their family, making sense of their world and building on their strengths. A care team’s unconditional acceptance and warmth create an environment where participants and their families feel cared for and accepted without judgment.

Impact on the Child or Young Person

As multidisciplinary teams collaborate, their efforts benefit the individual and their family in transformative and meaningful ways. Consistency and predictability in implementing strategies and goals help the participant feel secure and understood. This approach includes using considerate language, scheduling tools, and coping strategies across all interactions.

The strength of a multidisciplinary team lies in their ability to bring the PBSP to life through education and modelling for families and participants. By demonstrating helpful co-regulation, self-care, and tuning-in moments, teams give families the skills to work toward greater attunement and unity.

Boundaries and Responsibilities

Sharing and discussing the PBSP among team members and new staff fosters harmony and unity. Frequent care team meetings promote open communication and active involvement in identifying client needs, solving problems, and celebrating victories.

Professional Impact

Professionals in a care team can sometimes feel like they are taking on multiple roles. However, a PBSP helps clarify each professional’s responsibilities by documenting the client’s NDIS goals. This clear layout allows professionals to maintain boundaries within their scope of practice and provides a defined direction for their support.

The dynamic involvement of a multidisciplinary team is crucial in actualising the PBSP. By providing education and modelling for families and participants, teams enhance the capacity of families to work together effectively.

Conclusion

The implementation of a PBSP relies heavily on the coordinated efforts of a multidisciplinary care team. Through teamwork, collaboration, and clear communication, these teams can significantly impact the lives of children and their families, fostering an environment of growth, support, and understanding.