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1 Communities of Practice in Child and Youth Mental Health

2 Todays Presentation What are communities of practice? (CoPs) What makes them work? What makes them last? How do we know they work? How do they affect you?

3 The Context –Child and youth mental health is under- resourced –Complex issues require a diverse set of skills and perspectives –Child and youth mental health is everyones responsibility –Importance of practice-based evidence + evidence-based practice

4 Partnerships – Stages of Development Stage ONE – The Attraction Stage TWO – The First Date Stage THREE – The Courtship Stage FOUR – Will We or Wont We? Stage FIVE – The Ceremony (Complete with Pre-Nuptial) Stage SIX – The Honeymoon Stage SEVEN – Day-to-Day Living Stage EIGHT – The Seven-Year Itch Stage NINE – The Mature Relationship Stage TEN – Opportunities for Growth ** risk for separation and divorce is ever-present put preventable

5 Characteristics of Partnerships Cooperation: Informal relationships that exist without any commonly defined mission, structure, or planning effort (Wilder Research Center) Collaboration: A mutually beneficial and well- defined relationship entered into by 2 or more organizations to achieve common goals (Wilder Research Center)

6 CoPs: A Definition Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly (Etienne Wenger)

7 What is a CoP? Deliberate Emphasizes ongoing, collective learning Focuses on interaction, growth and evolution of members (both individually and as a group) No formal beginning or end A site for creating practice-based evidence (a complement to EvBP)

8 CoP: Basic Ideas Learning is social and comes from participating in daily life Knowledge and activity are strongly connected Growth is nurtured and promoted

9 CoPs emphasize: –Problem solving –Growth and evolution of members –Sharing information and experiences –Reusing and recycling resources –Evaluating information and developments –Identifying gaps in knowledge

10 Individual Reflection List the different groups you are/have been a part of. –Would you consider these to be a CoP? –Why or why not?

11 Examples of CoPs Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) National Community of Practice on Collaborative School Behavioural Health CAFAS –

12 Elements of a CoP Subject (Domain) –A shared area of interest that provides a common focus –Shared competence in this area People (Community) –A group of people who interact in an ongoing way –Emphasis on relationships as the route to collective learning Action (Practice) –Practitioners who develop a set of shared resources (experiences, stories, tools for solving problems) –Emphasis on sustained interaction over time

13 How does a CoP develop? Form Storm Norm Transform

14 In partners… Select one of the groups identified in the last exercise. –Using the elements discussed, can this group be considered a CoP? –What stage of development is your group currently in?

15 Barriers and facilitators What barriers might prevent a CoP from being developed and/or sustained? What facilitators might help a CoP to develop and be sustained?

16 How do we create and sustain a CoP? 1.Identify the area of interest 2.Invite different perspectives 3.Invite different levels of participation 4.Articulate a common vision. 5.Ensure both familiarity and excitement 6.Work towards evaluation 7.Look for ways to sustain and enhance the CoP identity

17 How do we know they work? Impact Measures What have we changed? How? Process Measures What has worked well? Where can we improve?

18 What makes CoPs last? Environment Purpose Communication Process and Structure Membership Resources

19 Thinking about the future… In the Eastern region, what CoPs should be created to support you in the work you do in child and youth mental health? What should your first step be in developing this CoP?

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