Event Time and Date

Wednesday, March 29 2017, 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

SickKids is committed to providing excellent child and family centered care, and encourages families to collaborate as part of the interprofessional team to provide high quality care and service to our clients.  Within these complex interprofessional environments, issues related to personal & professional culture and communication can arise.  Therefore, it is imperative that interprofessional team members develop an awareness of these issues and cultivate the skills required to work collaboratively with different team members.  In this 3-hour workshop, participants will be encouraged to think broadly about the meaning of culture and communication, from their personal and professional perspectives.  Participants will examine these issues in the context of working within interprofessional teams, and their impact on the provision of care to their clients.  Finally, there will be a focus on creating a shared understanding of the interprofessional team and on developing skills to manage conflict in these complex work environments. 



  • Explore the concepts and issues related to culture and communication in an interprofessional setting.
  • Articulate the importance of interprofessional collaboration in the provision of patient / client centered care
  • Discuss the use of effective communication tools that can assist in creating shared understanding of each other.
  • Develop communication skills to effectively address conflict in an interprofessional setting.


SickKids Interprofessional Team:

  • Karen Sappleton, MSED, MSW, RSW - Senior Manager, Child and Family Centred Care and Health Equity (Child and Family Relations, Family Centre, Interpreter Services)
  • Michele Durrant, BScN, MSc - Advanced Nursing Practice Educator
  • Karen Breen-Reid, RN, BScN, MN - Manager, Interprofessional Education

Student Learning Centre, Room SLC 508

341 Yonge Street,, Toronto
Event Categories:

Career Development, Faculty of Community Services