ERIC Number: ED025776
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Sep-5
Reference Count: 0
A Mental Health Consultation Program for Project Head Start.
Kawin, Marjorie R.
The Psychological Center provided a family oriented mental health consultation service to 17 delegate agencies who had contracts with Head Start programs in 1966-67. This paper presents an overview of the services which an interdisciplinary staff of 52 professionals provided to 6,780 families and 1,500 agency staff members. Gerald Caplan's (1964) model, which suggests that consultants are most efficient when they are not staff members, was followed. Each agency was assigned two or three consultants. Specific program areas are discussed as follows: (1) program-centered administrative consultation, where consultants served as resource people in minor policy making areas; (2) consultee-centered administrative consultation, where consultants helped staff to work as a team; (3) consultee and client-centered consultation, which helped staff members develop adaptive ways of working with children and parents; (4) direct service to children, with formal and informal evaluation and procedures designed to aid staff to provide a therapeutic classroom environment; (5) the impact of children's aides, 23 of whom worked with the most severely disturbed children; and (6) short-term counseling for parents, individually or in groups. The author concludes that the Caplanian model is ideally suited to community action programs since it provides support for inexperienced staff. (NG)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Economic and Youth Opportunities Agency; Project Head Start
Note: Speech presented at the American Psychological Association Convention, Washington, D.C., September 1-5, 1967.