Introduction to Family-Centered Care

presented by Ellen Harrington-Kane

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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.

Meet Your Instructor

  • 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 to organizational operations and administration. Prior to joining Easter Seals, Ms. Harrington-Kane served as Director of Physical Medicine for a hospital system in Florida, which included in-patient clinics, outpatient clinics, an inclusive fitness center and contracts with other local agencies. During her time in Florida she worked on a local, regional and state level to develop early intervention policies and practices and provided training for the early intervention services for the State of Florida. She is passionate about global health care and eliminating health outcomes disparities. Ms. Harrington-Kane provides consultation, training and technical assistance to Easter Seals affiliate leadership and boards of directors nationwide. In her capacity as Assistant Vice President, Ms. Harrington-Kane shares her expertise in policy, program development, financial management, strategic visioning and organizational structure. Her innovative spirit is exemplified with her work in the treatment of autism, initiating Easter Seals’ Autism Initiative, the organization’s largest fundraising initiative in recent years, resulting in Easter Seals being recognized as the country’s largest provider of services for people with autism. Additionally, she partnered Easter Seals with the PLAY Project for research funded by the National Institute of Health to prove the efficacy of a new approach to treatment for young children. This work led to her recognition as the 2007 recipient of the Robert E. Bradford Leadership Award, selected by the governing board of Easter Seals headquarters. In addition to her work for Easter Seals headquarters, Ms. Harrington-Kane is a surveyor for CARF International, reviewing compliance to over 1,500 quality standards for organizations around the world.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Defining Family-Centered Care

    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

    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

    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.