Principles and Techniques of Mental Health Consultation

Principles and Techniques of Mental Health Consultation

by Stanley Plog (Editor)

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The raison d'etre of the mental health profession is supposed to be con­ cerned with helping. Our involvement is with people's problems-the psychological problems that incapacitate and prevent otherwise capable individuals from leading fulfilling and "self-actualized" lives. Perhaps more than most of the specialties and subdisciplines within the broad field, mental health consultation is even more concerned with helping people. Because the focus in consultation is on reaching larger numbers of people, the discipline has an even greater dedication to doing something about troubled lives. The emphasis of most consultations is on improving the quality of life for various groups of people, on making impossible living situations more bearable, and "broadly on assisting people to face the daily challenges in their lives. Mental health consultation is an effective tool for achieving these goals (see Chapter 4). And it is an art-a difficult art that requires not only special skills and special training but special kinds of personalities that can relate well to people of different walks of life, different ethnic back­ grounds, different religious or political beliefs, and different status or economic position. But, unfortunately, far too many individuals who are engaged in consultation have neither the requisite background nor the special skills to become the kind of artist that is required.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781468422887
Publisher: Springer US
Publication date: 03/08/2012
Series: Current Topics in Mental Health
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1977
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.02(d)

Table of Contents

I. The Principles of Effective Mental Health Consultation.- 1. The Common Basis of Consultation.- 2. Mental Health Consultation: Retrospect and Prospect.- 3. Some Lessons Learned in 25 Years of Mental Health Consultation to Schools.- 4. Effectiveness, Leadership, and Consultation.- II. Specialized Techniques in Mental Health Consultation.- 5. The Evolving Role of the School Consultant.- 6. Mental Health Consultation for School Administrators.- 7. Mental Health Consultations to Welfare Agencies.- 8. The Ambivalent Consultee: The Special Problems of Consultation to Criminal Justice Agencies.- 9. The Special Problems of Consultation with Local Churches.- 10. Consultation to Complex Organizations in Transition: The Dynamics of Change and the Principles of Applied Consultation.- 11. Consultation to Complex Organizations in Transition: The Practical Techniques of Consultation.- 12. Some Considerations in Evaluating School Consultation Programs.

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