Consultee-Centered Consultation: Improving the Quality of Professional Services in Schools and Community Organizations

Consultee-Centered Consultation: Improving the Quality of Professional Services in Schools and Community Organizations

Consultee-Centered Consultation: Improving the Quality of Professional Services in Schools and Community Organizations

Consultee-Centered Consultation: Improving the Quality of Professional Services in Schools and Community Organizations

Synopsis

This book describes the theory, methods, and contemporary applications of consultee-centered consultation, a non-hierarchical, non-prescriptive helping relationship between a consultant and a person or group (consultee) seeking professional help with a client. The goal is to provide help in re-conceptualizing the consultee's work problem thereby 1) improving their relationship with the client and 2) expanding the professional repertoire of both consultant and consultee. Key features of this outstanding new book include the following: *Conceptual Change Focus --The process of conceptual change in both the consultant and consultee is stressed throughout the book. *Historical Perspectives --The first section describes the historical evolution of consultee-centered consultation beginning with the work of Gerald Caplan and progressing to its broad, contemporary version that accommodates various professions and multiple psychological orientations. *Numerous Examples --The book provides a wealth of examples illustrating how consultee-centered consultation can be applied within school, child-care, social welfare, hospital and corporate settings. *International Focus --The chapter contributors represent a wide range of geographical and professional expertise. *Evaluation Methods --The final section provides examples of evaluation methods. This volume is appropriate for school, counseling, and clinical and child clinical psychologists; human service professionals working with professionals from other disciplines; and special education leaders.

Excerpt

Consultee-centered consultation in schools
and community mental health PROGRAMS:
historical foundations

Consultee-centered consultation in the 21st century has its origins in the consultation methods introduced in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Mental health specialists were grappling with ways to broaden the application of mental health principles in community settings to reduce the prevalence of mental health disorders, and to develop strategies to intervene with the mental health, learning, and behavioral problems of the general population.

These efforts to design federal, state, and local mental health services with a broader out-reach culminated in the Federal Community Mental Health Centers Act (U. S. Public Health Service, 1963) followed by similar state legislative mandates. These legislative initiatives outlined a wide range of interventions by mental health specialists from consultation to hospitalization. the new models for comprehensive community mental health services envisioned a cadre of . . .

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