ERIC Number: ED444103
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
School Consultation: Providing both Prevention and Intervention Services to Children and School Staff.
Macklem, Gayle L.; Kalinsky, Rachel
Consultation is increasingly becoming one of the most important role responsibilities of the school psychologists, and can be distinguished by several types of services: collaborative consultation, mental health consultation, organizational consultation, behavioral consultation, and peer consultation. The efficacy of consultation services is becoming clearer as well as the concern about the adequacy of professional training. This paper explains how consultation may become an even larger focus in the job of the practitioner. It suggests that school psychologists need to continually improve their skills and stay abreast of what is known about the efficacy of both the outcomes of consultation and the relational aspects of consultation. Several recommendations from the literature are included about both aspects to help the practitioner. The Internet has opened up new resources for school psychologists. It can enhance consultation and networking, and has the potential to meet needs for continuing education and distance learning. The paper concludes that when school psychologists take advantage of the increasing knowledge about what makes the process more effective and make use of suggestions that have been made in the literature to improve outcome measures, the value of indirect services will become evident. (Contains 48 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; 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 (32nd, New Orleans, LA, March 28-April 1, 2000). "Support for the project was provided by the Massachusetts School Psychologists Association, New Jersey Association of School Psychologists, Division 16 of the American Psychological Association Soft Arc, Inc., Northeastern University, and Massey University."