Managing Conflict on Local Interagency Coordinating Councils

Michael W. Wischnowski, Jeanette A. Mccollum

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Conflict resolution is an important communication skill for members of local interagency coordinating councils attempting to coordinate services to young children with special needs and their families. Harbin and McNulty (1990) proposed a conceptual model of local interagency councils and described six dimensions of the collaborative process among agencies providing early intervention services. Each dimension (climate, people, resources, agency, process, policies) has the potential of becoming a barrier to collaboration. This article reviews the literature on conflict resolution skills within the context of these six potential barriers, identifying strategies that may reduce these threats to collaboration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)281-295
Number of pages15
JournalTopics in Early Childhood Special education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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