Tales and Trails from Consultation: Improving Interdisciplinary Teams and Collaborative Practices for School Social Workers and Teachers

  • Mery Diaz
Keywords: collaboration, interdisciplinary teams, urban schools


Interdisciplinary team collaboration has garnered increasing attention. When team processes are effective, they serve to reduce service fragmentation and duplication of services, particularly in urban school settings. Additionally, interdisciplinary teams promote new professional interactions between teachers and school social workers that reduce feelings of isolation when addressing social, emotional, and behavioral issues of children. This reflection focuses on the author’s experience facilitating interdisciplinary team development, her observations of the contexts and group work processes that support collaboration and those that create barriers, and finally, the consequential impact on the teacher and school social worker relationship.