What is understood as collaborative, relational practices?

Collaborative, relational practices are those that create a partnership across disciplines between consultant and client; therapist and client; development worker and community members; service provider and beneficiary; public official and constituency. In this partnership the expertise of all involved are combined to explore the challenges and to develop new possibilities for resolving the challenges. This inclusive partnership amongst everyone who is involved in resolving the challenge (on a micro or macro level) signals towards the first steps of a transdisciplinary collaboration.

This inclusive stance is characterised by an attitude of openness to, respect for, curiosity about, and connection with the other. During collaboration people not only invite, but also value the variety of ideas shared by others. This interaction results in co-constructing new understandings, ideas or processes that would have been unlikely if only one person from only one discipline attempted at it.

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