The Neuroscience of Wraparound: Seeing Collaboration and Collective Intelligence through the Lens of Brain Science
A White Paper Written by Laurie A. Ellington
Effective Wraparound teams are socially collaborative systems that work together in an intelligent manner to create positive outcomes at the child and family, program and systemic levels. Emphasizing the social aspects of learning and the interdependent nature of complex problem solving, the Wraparound process harnesses the power of collective intelligence to move change forward. Discoveries in social cognitive neuroscience offer new insights into what is involved in the successful navigation of the social landscape of team practice. This paper discusses some of the most recent findings from modern neuroscience that provide Wraparound leaders and practitioners new ways of understanding engagement, collaboration and the nature of group intelligence in a Wraparound process.