Therapists Perspectives on the Effective Elements of Consultation Following Training

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


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.


Consultation Qualitative methods Evidence-based practices Training Implementation science 



Funding for this research project was supported by the following Grants from NIMH: Beidas (F31 MH083333; K23 MH099179); Kendall (F31 MH083333; U01 MH063747). Additionally, the preparation of this article was supported in part by the Implementation Research Institute (IRI), at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis; through an award from the National Institute of Mental Health (R25 MH080916) and Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI), Department of Veterans Affairs Contract, Veterans Health Administration, Office of Research & Development, Health Services Research & Development Service. Dr. Beidas is an IRI fellow.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rinad S. Beidas
    • 1
    Email author
  • 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

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