ERIC Number: ED349495
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Consultation Programs: A Comparative Evaluation.
Harvey, Virginia Smith
While school psychologists are frequently urged to move to a consultation model, little research exists which compares the efficacy of various consultation approaches. This study compared two consultation approaches involving students (N=35) who had attended an intensive 6-week therapeutic residential camp for seriously emotionally handicapped prior to the consultation period. Students were from six different elementary, junior high, and high schools. The consultation programs were intended to reduce the return of behavior disorders during the following school year and consequently prevent more restrictive placements. Consultation was provided in two formats: unstructured, program-centered, and structured, case-centered. Results of the consultation were assessed by the number of students placed in more restrictive placements during the school year, as well as by staff appraisal and attendance at meetings. Staff perceived unstructured, program-centered consultation to be the arena in which they obtained the best ideas. However, student results suggest that unstructured, program-centered consultation is ineffective in maintaining or reducing the restrictiveness of student placements. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists (22nd, San Francisco, CA, April 17-22, 1990).