Concurrent Sessions

C3 Greater than the Sum of Our Parts – Couchiching Family Health Team’s School Success Program

Theme 3. Strengthening collaboration within the interprofessional team

Presentation Details

  • Date: 10/17/2016
  • Concurrent Session C
  • Time: 4:30pm – 5:15pm
  • Room: Pier 7 & 8
  • Style: Presentation (information provided to audience, with opportunity for audience to ask question)
  • Focus: Practical (e.g. Presentation on how to implement programs and/or practices in the team environment)
  • Target Audience: Leadership (ED, clinical lead, board chair, board member, etc.), Clinical providers, Representatives of stakeholder/partner organizations

Learning Objectives

  1. Appreciate how a multidisciplinary team can most effectively support families, primary care providers, and educators to assess and support children struggling at school
  2. Analyze our School Success Program’s experience to identify the factors contributing to the development and evolution of effective collaboration within our core team, the broader Family Health Team, and across sectors in our community
  3. Reflect on the challenges in evaluating this type of work and implications for strengthening team collaboration


After the first academic year, the SSP surveyed family doctors, local schools, and referred families. Recognizing the challenge in identifying meaningful outcome measures at a client level in the short term, this evaluation focussed on process, satisfaction, and perspective on impact. A common theme was the importance of clear communication and shared understanding. Satisfaction with quality, range, and timeliness of service was high amongst schools and physicians. Eighty-two percent of educators and 97% of physicians agreed SSP involvement was a valuable addition to their work; all but one respondent felt it made a positive difference for most referred children/youth.


  • John Stokreef, School Success Program Family Doctor Lead, Couchiching Family Health Team
  • Susan Surry, School Success Program Pediatrician, Couchiching Family Health Team
  • Michelle McLaughlin, School Success Program Registered Nurse, Couchiching Family Health Team
  • Cassandra Eriksson, School Success Program Social Worker, Couchiching Family Health Team
  • TBA, Educator

Authors & Contributors

  • John Stokreef, Family Doctor Lead, Couchiching Family Health Team,
  • Susan Surry, Pediatrician, CFHT School Success Program,
  • Michelle McLaughlin, RN, CFHT School Success Program,
  • Cassandra Eriksson, Social Worker, CFHT School Success Program,
  • Education representative TBA