Behaviour Intervention Planning
Outside Supports: Team Thinking Process
Mrs. Sommers found Jim to be increasingly difficult to handle and her other children were sometimes placed at risk when Jim was out of control at home. For this reason, she had approached Family Services for help. Since their involvement was primarily as a home support it is discussed in greater detail in the next section. However, the actual group discussion flowed between home supports (e.g., supports to Mrs. Sommers and the family) and general outside supports (e.g., supports specifically provided to Jim). It was important that this flow occur since it was difficult for Mrs. Sommers to ask for personal support unless she could identifying a direct benefit to her children.
There was minimal involvement of the Community Child and Adolescent Treatment worker. Jim had been placed on Ritalin after the school psychologist had identified concerns about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Medication was provided through the family physician after discussion with Mrs. Sommers. The Community Child and Adolescent Treatment worker was asked to be part of the team to discuss the effectiveness of the medication and to set up a process to monitor its effectiveness. This person was also the logical person to provide cognitive behavioural training to help Jim deal with his fears more effectively. Mrs. Sommers seemed willing to have the worker involved on this restricted basis.
The team also discussed Jim's need for male contact. Given the present family situation, one of the school staff who had close connections with Big Brothers agreed to ask them to become involved with Jim. Jim had displayed a keen interest in outdoor activities and it was felt by all that the opportunity to connect with someone who shared these interest could be beneficial.
Outside involvement was summarized as follows:
- "A Family Services social worker will work with Jim's family to address changing household needs."
- "A Community Child and Adolescent Treatment worker will meet with team to discuss effectiveness of medications and provide cognitive behavioural training to help Jim address his fears."
- "Big Brothers will attempt to find someone with outdoor interests to become involved with Jim."