2012 Webinar Series

Kathleen Ferreira, PhD
Sharon Hodges, PhD


Partnerships with Families in Systems of Care: Strategies for Success


September 25, 2012


Partnerships with Families in Systems of Care (pdf)



Although there is increased emphasis on partnering with families in decision-making at all levels of mental health service planning and delivery, many system of care communities have difficulty making partnerships with families a reality. This 1- hour webinar will describe findings from a research study that examined how these partnerships have been successfully developed within system of care communities. The webinar will highlight the collaboration between system of care leaders and family organizations, the roles and responsibilities of each, and successes and challenges. CEU's are not available at this time.

This webinar hosted by Community Solutions at the University of South Florida is for educational purposes only. Webinar content may not be reproduced, downloaded, disseminated, published, or transferred in any form or by any means, except with the prior written permission of the Department of Child & Family Studies' Chair.


Delivered by:

Kathleen Ferreira, PhD, Research Assistant Professor in the USF Department of Child & Family Studies

Sharon Hodges, PhD, MBA, Research Associate Professor and Division Director in the USF Department of Child & Family Studies

Dr. Ferreira has extensive hands-on experience in the field of children’s mental health in addition to her years of research, evaluation, technical assistance, and training within the Department of Child and Family Studies. She brings a great deal of experience in conducting qualitative research, and a particular interest in the role of organizational, system, and policy level actions in providing support for successful implementation and sustainability of services at the individual child, youth and family level.

As a research professor and applied organizational anthropologist, Dr. Hodges has more than 15 years experience working with community coalitions in children’s mental health.  Her research, training, and technical assistance efforts have focused on service system development and change, and her expertise includes qualitative and applied ethnographic field methods. Past work includes research and technical assistance on system accountability as well as on how organizational culture affects the utilization of outcome information.

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