Peg Horan and Lindsay Calamia are back on Justice Clearinghouse for the second part of their webinar presentation about Multi-Disciplinary Teams (MDT). Lindsay Calamia is an EMDT Statewide Coordinator at Lifespan of Greater Rochester and she provides consultation, outreach, training, and technical assistance to newly developing and existing teams. Meanwhile, Peg Horan is a social worker and is the Elder Abuse Prevention Specialist MDT Coordinator for the New York City Elder Abuse Center (NYCEAC).
On the first half of their two-part event, Peg and Lindsay talked about the prevalence of elder abuse, an overview of what an MDT is, its characteristics, benefits, and function. They also unpacked the New York Elder Abuse MDT initiative, its history, and the nitty-gritty that comes with the launch and operations of one.
This time around, they’re looking at the insider’s perspective on MDTs by discussing the member acquisition, the ongoing process of fostering team relationships, and assessing the team’s performance. Some of the points they covered on this course are:
- A short refresher on the first part of the webinar.
- The MDT coordinator position and the expectations from the role.
- The importance of core values that must be upheld by the MDT and an example from the NYC Elder Abuse Center.
- Guidelines when it comes to cultivating new membership that looks into what an organization and/or individual can contribute, the expertise a member can provide, identifying the needed specializations, and protecting the existing MDT.
- The onboarding process for new MDT members.
- Pitching to a potential organization member by presenting the benefits and managing the expectations of being a part of an MDT.
- Training and working with the team.
- The value in cross-training that allows MDT members to develop from their role through exposure and understanding of different frameworks, perspectives, and techniques.
- The significance of keeping the team stay current when it comes to researches, legislation and other training related to the specific area that the MDT works on.
- How disagreement among the team members can create positive results.
- The process of assessing the health of the team through a periodic meeting to get the pulse of the members and evaluate the team’s performance.
Some of the inquiries raised by the webinar participants involve:
- Ensuring confidentiality within the team’s members
- The Safe Space Mantra
- Inviting new members
- The rank of the agency representative who will be present in the meetings
- Getting new members updated to cases previously discussed
- Referral database system for cases