© 1977

Principles and Techniques of Mental Health Consultation

  • Stanley C. Plog
  • Paul I. Ahmed

Part of the Current Topics in Mental Health book series (CTMH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. The Principles of Effective Mental Health Consultation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Stanley C. Plog, Paul I. Ahmed
      Pages 3-7
    3. Stanley C. Plog
      Pages 49-71
  3. Specialized Techniques in Mental Health Consultation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. Raquel E. Cohen
      Pages 75-91
    3. Irving H. Berkovitz
      Pages 93-118
    4. Alexander S. Rogawski
      Pages 119-133
    5. Stanley L. Brodsky
      Pages 135-149
    6. Ralph G. Hirschowitz
      Pages 169-197
    7. Ralph G. Hirschowitz
      Pages 199-219
    8. Paul I. Ahmed, Frank M. Tims
      Pages 221-229
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 231-234

About this book


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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Editors and affiliations

  • Stanley C. Plog
    • 1
  • Paul I. Ahmed
    • 2
  1. 1.Plog Research, Inc.Reseda (Los Angeles)USA
  2. 2.Southeastern UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Principles and Techniques of Mental Health Consultation
  • Editors Stanley Plog
  • Series Title Current Topics in Mental Health
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1977
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-306-30963-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4684-2288-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4684-2286-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 234
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Psychotherapy and Counseling
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