ERIC Number: ED239165
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Assessing Social Settings to Design a Preventive Consultation.
Kelly, James G.
Preventive consultation, rather than focusing on individuals or specific problems, focuses on the environmental factors within a social setting that contribute to the incidence and prevalence of a specific problem. The ecological paradigm is a useful assessment for directing the design of a preventive consultation. The design focuses on the life enhancing conditions of the setting as they relate to how internal and external resources are being used. The preventive consultant works with the social environment to identify qualities that will promote a milieu for preventive intervention and to create a milieu that will enable members to manage resources and develop competencies. The social setting is assessed for the diversity of member competencies, informal social ties, and the occasions, activities, and events where the social norms of the organization are revised. Organizational resources,( i.e., members' commitment to change, linkage to external resources, and the available means to reduce tension), are assessed through interviews. Diversity of competencies is assessed through observation of informal social settings. Formal and informal processes are used to allow competent members to both receive and contribute resources. By focusing the preventive consultation assessment on these elements, the proposed consultative service will be imbedded in a supportive environment, which will better ensure its acceptance by the setting members. (BL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Ecological Paradigm
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (91st, Anaheim, CA, August 26-30, 1983).