Professional Collaboration

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Collaboration is the key to working successfully with others.

In working with Horizon Family Solutions, we ask programs and schools to be open to a collaborative relationship that will benefit the family, student, consultant, program and transition planning team for a full circle of benefits.

Prepare to compromise. When working with a family team, consulting team as well as a program team, it is impossible for everyone to get their way, so compromise is imperative.

Avoid taking it personally. When collaborating with a group of people from all different walks of life and different professions and personalities, there is always a chance of getting your feelings hurt. Remember that decision-making should not be personal, it is just a natural part of the process for this situation in helping families.

Communicate effectively. Without communication all sorts of challenges / issues / problems are likely to pop up. By communicating in thoughtful ways and remaining mindful of others’ feelings and motivations, we will all be more likely to collaborate successfully as a team for the family.


HORIZON FAMILY SOLUTIONS can create a comprehensive guide to the clinical and educational needs and outcomes of a client’s child to assist the attorney with their case. Areas of service include but are not limited to:

  • Academic assessment
  • Clinical assessment
  • Data analysis
  • Developing deposition questions for school personnel and/or other special education service provider
  • Drafting reports cohesively summarizing and clarifying key issues relating to a student with special needs
  • Participation in mediation and other court proceedings
  • Report review and summary


HOSPITALS, schools and treatment centers frequently discharge clients / STUDENTS who are ready for a step down program, or who are not having success in their current program or school.

At times the family lacks the benefit of an educational / therapeutic consultant to facilitate the process of finding another program or school. Hospital social workers and program administrators may provide the family with the names of several consultants with whom the family can contact. Other times, the hospital, program or school will want to make placement recommendations. In these cases, unless they have visited the programs, completed background and licensing board checks, made thorough evaluations, and know the staff, their limited knowledge of programs available may not be the most appropriate and best placement for the child. We do not accept any referral fees or commissions from any program or school. Horizon Family Solutions partners and collaborates with both families and programs to ensure the exiting client has an appropriate and best placement.


Therapeutic residential placements consist of a number of different types of programs, including therapeutic boarding schools, residential treatment centers, and transitional programs for teenagers and young adults who require more intensive treatment and supervision than can be provided on an outpatient basis. For parents not working with nor choosing not to work with an Educational Consultant, Wilderness Transition Assistance is a benefit in matching the graduating teen or young adult with residential programs that will best fit their specific clinical, therapeutic and educational needs.

Description of our Wilderness Transition Assistance services:

  • Visit, evaluate and survey residential programs in the United States; maintain contact with admissions, clinical staff, educational, and recreational staff.
  • Visit and interview student in the field at their outdoor wilderness program approximately 30 days before graduation; evaluate psychological, therapeutic, and educational needs of client and their family.
  • Provide a minimum of three (3) “right” placements to the client and their family along with an in-depth written report covering:
    • Field Interview
    • Insight
    • Findings
    • Comments by Staff (Field Guides) and Therapist
    • Comments by Student
    • Summary
    • Capability
    • Provided Recommendations
    • Next Step Recommendations

Motivational Interviewing Principles for Student Field Visit:

    • Client-Centered
    • Express Empathy
    • Roll with Resistance
    • Avoid Argumentation
    • Support Self-Efficacy

We look forward to the opportunity to work with your families and staff.