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Posted By Tai Mendenhall, Ph.D., LMFT, CFT, Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Tai Mendenhall 


It was early in my graduate training that I began to understand how my own discipline (medical family therapy) really fit within a larger mosaic of care providers. I began to find the collaborative processes of interdisciplinary work to be simultaneously engaging and energizing, often messy and humbling, and almost always more effective than anything that I or my colleagues could have offered by ourselves.

As this collaborative evolution in my thinking and practice continued to grow, I (along with colleagues) came to recognize that the greatest untapped resource for improving health care is the knowledge, wisdom, and energy of individuals, families, and communities who face challenging health issues in their everyday lives. "Collaboration,” then, must engage providers with the communities in which they are positioned – with everyone working together toward a common goal.

CFHA believes in this. As an organization, it values everyone’s voice – whether it’s a physician, mental health provider, or a patient or family who maintains wisdom not accessible through textbooks. It is my professional home, and I am honored to be a part of it.

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