Respectful relationships and clarity of communication are the foundational building blocks to functioning and forward thinking as a team. Teams often come to an impasse when there is a breakdown in communication or they get stuck in a stance. Everyone has an opinion and emotion behind a proposal. The best decisions are made when they are child-centered, evidence-based, and data-driven. Mistakes will be made, and the key to resolution and failing forward is the ability to have a discussion where people are heard and valued. This presentation will: teach techniques to re-frame conflict as problem solving; help you understand your own biases, values and beliefs; identify styles of conflict; build your skills to move toward effective problem solving in order to keep the child at the center of good decision making.

Restoring Focus on the Child: CADRE’s Seventh National Symposium