Mental Health Court Teams, Building Trust for Effective Collaboration

Mental Health Court Teams: Building Trust for Effective Collaboration
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Resources
Recorded June 24, 2015
Unit 1 Slide Deck
Unit 2 Video


Do you want to learn effective skills for facilitating collaborative teams? Are you looking for solutions on how to deal with resistant justice system partners due to:

  • Turf issues
  • Limited resources
  • Task conflict that turns into personality conflicts
  • Withholding information
  • Fear of political consequences
  • Concerns about program goals aligning with collaborating agency goals

One common element of a mental health court (MHC) is a collaborative and team-based approach to decision-making. This characteristic distinguishes a MHC from a traditional criminal docket and amplifies the need to build a team culture that promotes close cooperation and communication between its members. However, trust and teamwork are critical to the successful exchange of information. This webinar will explore communication and culture by exploring four key court culture typologies and discuss how to move toward a desired culture. The culture of MHCs challenges traditionally distinct roles and requires individuals to work within a team. Effective collaboration requires the team members to try on different hats, work together, and see beyond rigid roles. An advantage is that the team, as a group, feels responsible for the end result of the process to which he or she contributes. Tasks are no longer compartmentalized, insights into other perspectives are gained, and growth is encouraged.

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