Impact of Solution-Focused Coaching Training on Pediatric Rehabilitation Specialists: A longitudinal evaluation study
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Fostering successful interprofessional collaboration remains a challenge in pediatric rehabilitation. A coaching approach can enhance client-centered care and provide a transdisciplinary framework for collaboration. The purpose of this longitudinal study was to evaluate the impact of Solution-Focused Coaching in Pediatric Rehabilitation (SFC-peds) training on pediatric rehabilitation practitioners from multiple disciplinary backgrounds. Thirty-seven service providers (SPs) completed surveys at baseline and three follow-ups. Quantitative and qualitative findings both suggested that the training proved an effective way to achieve substantial and sustainable improvements in SFC knowledge, confidence, and use of SFC-peds techniques among participating SPs. The educational intervention also facilitated the integration of a strengths-based, solution-building approach at an individual and team level, providing SPs with a common language and shared framework for client-centered care and optimal collaboration with colleagues. A need for practice opportunities tailored to unique care contexts was identified. Future research should further explore the impacts of a SFC-peds approach on interprofessional teams, as well as on health outcomes of clients.
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