ERIC Number: ED201952
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Consultant Roles in a Federal Health-Related Agency.
Glynn, Thomas J.
Most current theories about consultation may be subsumed under two models. In the purchase model, an organization defines its problem and hires a consultant. In the doctor- patient model, a consultant diagnoses an implied need and suggests remediation. A third approach, process consultation, recognizes the value of the clients' expertise in consultation. Approaches to consultation intervention employed by a con- sultant are: acceptant, catalytic, confrontive, prescriptive, or theoretical. Consultants must have a specific area of knowledge, certain emotional characteristics, and many skills to be successful. In the Division of Research of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, consultants are utilized as: (1) scientific and technical reviewers of grant proposals and contractual proposals; (2) participants on the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse; (3) members of the Contractual Consultant Services; (4) consultants for the Technical Review/Research Analysis and Utilization System; and (5) consultants for the Division of Research Staff. In accordance with current theories, these consultant roles usually follow the purchase model, using prescriptive intervention with consultants possessing knowledge about a specific area. However, these consultants are task-oriented rather than problem-oriented, and their services are often provided indirectly through contractors rather than directly to the agency. (NRB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (88th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 1-5, 1980).