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Introduction to Family-Centered Care

presented by Ellen Harrington-Kane

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Financial: Ellen Harrington-Kane receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. Ellen Harrington-Kane is the Assistant Vice President of Affiliate Network Advancement for Easter Seals 

Non-Financial: Ellen Harrington-Kane has no non-financial interests or relationships with MedBridge.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Many states and credentialing agencies require therapists working with pediatric clientele and their families to use “family-centered care." But how is this different from a standard therapy approach? This course will teach you what “family-centered” really means, how it differs from a traditional medical model of care and why it is important to use this approach with families. Using a family-centered approach to care will build trust, empower families and result in improved outcomes for families and their children.

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Ellen Harrington-Kane, M.S., HSM, OT

Ellen Harrington-Kane is the Assistant Vice President of Affiliate Network Advancement for Easter Seals national headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. With over 30 years of experience as an occupational therapist and rehabilitation director for in-patient and outpatient therapy service and a master’s degree in Health Services Management, Ms. Harrington-Kane brings the business aspects of practice management…

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1. Defining Family-Centered Care

In this chapter, the learner will be introduced to the concept of family-centered care and how it is differentiated from other approaches to working with families.

2. Family-Centered Care: The Evolution of Care

Understanding what makes family-centered care different from other approaches is essential in determining how to change your current practice to make it more family-centered. In this chapter, we will explore the evolution of care, from the traditional medical model, to family-centered care, and beyond to person-centered care.

3. The Importance of Family-Centered Care

Why is it important to use family-centered care? This chapter will showcase the benefits of using coaching as the base model and provide evidence demonstrating its importance. There are differences between family-centered care and a medical model, and we’ll see a brief client interaction on distinguishing the two.

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Many states and credentialing agencies require therapists working with pediatric clientele and their families to use “family-centered care” and many clinicians are now beginning to incorporate it into their practices. But what really makes family-centered care different from traditional outpatient therapy? This course will teach you what “family-centered” really means and techniques you can use to empower families and build relationships based on trust, resulting in a higher level of family engagement and better outcomes for the child. Empowering families in a meaningful way results in a stronger therapeutic relationship and better outcomes for children and their families.

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