ERIC Number: ED267361
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Characteristics of Consulting Psychologists and Their Practices.
Watt, Mark J.
The role of consultant is one of the more common roles that professional psychologists claim to practice. A description of the consultants' backgrounds, roles, practices, and perceptions of work-related issues, and the relationship among these variables could help educators to better train students in theories and models that professional practitioners use in the field. In an effort to obtain such a description, surveys were completed by a random sample (N=177) of members of the American Psychological Association's Division B: Consulting Psychology. The Survey of Consulting Psychologists contained sections on general information, consulting background and practice, consultation stressors and stress management, education and training of consultants, characteristics of successful consultants, and role boundaries. The results indicated that the current demographic profile of the consulting psychologist appears to be an established professional who is a middle-aged white male with a clinical background. The consultants appeared to work collaterally with upper management in fairly stable, close, professional relationships. They reported valuing their skills in assessment, problem solving, forming close working relationships, and stimulating the thinking of others. A survey of clients of consulting psychologists could be useful in determining the skills and qualities the consultee values when seeking to employ a consultant. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (93rd, Los Angeles, CA, August 23-27, 1985).