ERIC Number: ED040471
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
The Role of a Psychiatric Consultant to a Public High School in Racial Transition: Challenge and Response.
Anshin, Roman N.
A Psychiatric Consultant's response to consultation in a school in racial transformation is described. Flexibility, awareness of the total field, and the need to have comprehensive sociocultural and political awareness are of key importance. After an assessment of the situation at this high school, the consultant began to ameliorate the processes of stereotyping and hostility by holding meetings with the administration, teachers, students, and parents, to assess their varying concerns, emotional reactions, and points of view. By the end of the first semester, the consultant had supplemented his role by participations in discussions on curriculum and teaching methods, student-faculty communication and decision making, and decision-sharing with the administration. He then sent a questionnaire out to teachers asking for their reactions to consultation. Several negative responses were noted. The second semester of consultation was spent working with administration and teachers involved in special projects. He also set up a one-day convocation to discuss problems of the school's population transition. In the third semester, the consultant will continue to provide assistance to the administration but will shift his focus to more long term consultative work in depth with selected groups of teachers. (KJ)
Descriptors: Administrative Problems, Community Change, Consultants, Consultation Programs, High Schools, Psychiatric Services, Racial Integration, Racial Relations, Student Problems, Teacher Attitudes
Roman N. Anshin, Department of Child Psychiatry, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 8720 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90048 (No price is quoted)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ceders-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA.