ERIC Number: ED347418
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
School Mental Health Consultation Program.
Lucero, John A.
The goals of the School Mental Health Consultation Program, a cooperative effort of the Children and Youth Service at High Plains Mental Health Center and the Unified School District 489 in Hays, Kansas, are to evaluate students' behavioral problems, to assess how students' difficulties affect teachers, and to help the consultee assess the interface between the school and the High Plains Mental Health Center. The consultant helps the consultee to identify issues or problems, and to develop problem-solving skills. Effective communication skills should be a top criterion when providing consultation services. The most important trait in a consultant is the ability to establish confidence and trust with other people. A consultant who possesses such skills will be able to offset some of the resentment school personnel may feel when an outsider is brought into the school. The school gets the most from the consultation program when the reasons for employing a consultant and the consultant and school responsibilities are defined. Consultants should have these traits: (1) experience in school setting; (2) excellent communication skills; (3) ability to challenge and be challenged; (4) ability to define problems; (5) creativity and flexibility; (6) ability to deliver services on time; (7) ability to understand and appreciate the school's expectations; and (8) commitment to understand and appreciate the consultation process. (The appendix contains a school mental health consultation program procedural guide and a case study worksheet.) (ABL)
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