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ERIC Number: EJ804041
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 13
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Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1555-7855
Resistance Is Not Futile: An Experimental Analogue of the Effects of Consultee "Resistance" on the Consultant's Therapeutic Behavior in the Consultation Process--A Replication and Extension
Cautilli, Joseph; Tillman, T. Chris; Axelrod, Saul; Dziewolska, Halina; Hineline, Philip
International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy, v2 n3 p362-374 2006
In the school system, school psychologist serves a role as consultant to teachers in regard to children's behavioral problems (Bergan & Kratochwill, 1990). The defining feature of children's success is plan implementation (Bergan & Kratochwill, 1990). For school psychologists, ensuring consistent and accurate implementation of behavior strategies and tactics is the defining feature of successful treatment (Piersel & Gutkin, 1983). Failure to implement is commonly referred to as treatment integrity. Based on our previous review of the research (Cautilli, Tillman, Axelrod, & Hineline, 2005), we concluded that treatment integrity goes beyond successful training procedures to the need for a behavioral analysis of the consulting relationship- in particular the area referred to as resistance. We propose that effective consultation consists of a repertoire of skills based on principles of behavior analysis for promoting effective action within the consultation relationship. However, this model is seriously hindered by the lack of such a functional analysis. This study presents an experimental analogue of resistance in the consultation process. Using an ABAB reversal design, the experimenter measured the ecological effects of teacher resistant behaviors on consultant therapeutic behavior. The results of the study found that participants decreased therapeutic questioning in response to consultee's resistance. In addition, teacher resistance also led to increased missed sessions by the consultant and greater negative perceptions of the consultee by the consultant. (Contains 4 figures and 4 tables.)
Joseph Cautilli, Ph.D. & The Behavior Analyst Online Organization. 535 Queen Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147-3220. Tel: 215-462-6737; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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