and Rud Turnbull have developed and refined a framework for collaboration between
families and professionals known as the empowerment model. When partners are empowered,
they exercise control over their lives (and, by extension, over the lives of their
children). Empowerment occurs when the resources (motivation and knowledge/skills)
of families and professionals are incorporated with both opportunities for partnerships
and obligations for reliable alliances.
Therefore, the key components
of empowerment are:
- motivation of both family
- knowledge and skills
of both family and professionals
- opportunities for partnership
- obligations for reliable
requires that both parents and professionals have motivation, knowledge, and skills.
Empowerment is a complex
developmental process that takes time. Where should the nurse begin the collaboration
process that leads to empowerment? Lets take a look at each of theTurnbulls
four components in more detail to answer that question.