Therapists Perspectives on the Effective Elements of Consultation Following Training

  • Rinad S. Beidas
  • Julie M. Edmunds
  • Carolyn C. Cannuscio
  • Mark Gallagher
  • Margaret Mary Downey
  • Philip C. Kendall
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10488-013-0475-7

Cite this article as:
Beidas, R.S., Edmunds, J.M., Cannuscio, C.C. et al. Adm Policy Ment Health (2013) 40: 507. doi:10.1007/s10488-013-0475-7

Abstract

Consultation is an effective implementation strategy to improve uptake of evidence-based practices for youth. However, little is known about what makes consultation effective. The present study used qualitative methods to explore therapists perspectives about consultation. We interviewed 50 therapists who had been trained 2 years prior in cognitive-behavioral therapy for child anxiety. Three themes emerged regarding effective elements of consultation: (1) connectedness with other therapists and the consultant, (2) authentic interactions around actual cases, and (3) the responsiveness of the consultant to the needs of individual therapists. Recommendations for the design of future consultation endeavors are offered.

Keywords

Consultation Qualitative methods Evidence-based practices Training Implementation science 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rinad S. Beidas
    • 1
  • Julie M. Edmunds
    • 2
  • Carolyn C. Cannuscio
    • 3
  • Mark Gallagher
    • 1
  • Margaret Mary Downey
    • 1
  • Philip C. Kendall
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of MedicineUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyTemple UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA
  3. 3.Mixed Methods Research Laboratory, Department of Family Medicine and Community HealthPerelman School of Medicine, University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA