Date of Award

Summer 6-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Counseling & Human Services


Counseling Education

Committee Director

Gulsah Kemer

Committee Member

Shana Pribesh

Committee Member

Emily Goodman-Scott


Parent engagement remains critical to pediatric care. Both pediatric medical and mental health care remains dependent upon parent/guardian engagement to support successful outcomes for children and adolescents. Efforts to enhance Family Centered Care (FCC) has been spotlighted within pediatric care since the 1950s and the inclusion of counselors within integrated behavior health (IBH) teams ushers a need for an evolved understanding of the implementation of FCC, including parent/guardian engagement across professional roles. Using an explanatory mixed-method design, I examined team implementation of Family Centered Care (FCC) among different provider types (e.g., physicians, nurses, licensed mental health providers, social workers, technicians) in a pediatric care setting. Results identified shared valuation of FCC and noted differences in delivery by professionals’ role type and care setting. Implications offer guidance for healthcare leadership, pediatric professionals, and counselor education programs to recognize strengths of FCC practices within multidisciplinary teams and invest in both program and counselor development within IBH settings.


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