ERIC Number: ED185468
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep-3
Reference Count: 0
A Planned Change Approach to Consultation and Youth Service.
Strommen, Merton P.
Findings are presented from an experimental study of consultants, a three-year project funded by the Human Services Development Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the purpose of which was to provide a technology for use by consultants within youth-serving organizations in the diffusion and utilization of innovative programs. Guidelines derived from comparative follow-up studies of agencies that did not participate in the field experiment include the need to: (1) seek access to a group through the introduction of a trusted colleague and encourage the leader's cooperation by showing how a visit will benefit the leader's work; (2) select strategies for a group consultation through information supplied by a profile summary of how group members percelve group readiness to effect needed change; (3) identify in advance a group's most troubling needs; (4) assume that the more structured and goal-oriented groups will require a longer time to introduce and establish an innovative change; and (5) prepare strategies for identifying and handling obstacles that arise when certain innovations or changes are proposed. Additionally, reasons for the non-participation of groups in consultation efforts are listed and discussed. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: National Institute of Mental Health
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (87th, New York, NY, September 1-5, 1979).