Contextual Influences in Mental Health Consultation

Toward an Ecological Perspective on Radiating Change
  • Edison J. Trickett
  • Charles Barone
  • Roderick Watts


The origins of mental health consultation as a distinctive profession date back to the 1890s when Lightner Witmer ‘s Philadelphia clinic began involving teachers and family members in the intervention processes of children and adolescents (see Levine & Levine, 1970). Throughout the following 60 years, consultation had a somewhat checkered history in terms of emphasis, and did not evolve a coherent conceptual framework until the writing of Caplan (1959, 1970). However, over the past quarter of a century, consultation has become an integral part of the mental health professions. Consultants report working in a wide range of settings around a variety of problems. Different models of consultation are evolving, research is becoming more sophisticated, and the ethical responsibility of the consultant is receiving increased attention (Dougherty, 1995; Grady, Gibson, & Trickett, 1981; Levin, Trickett, & Hess, 1990; Mannino, Trickett, Shore, Kidder, & Levin, 1986; Trickett, 1993)


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edison J. Trickett
    • 1
  • Charles Barone
    • 2
  • Roderick Watts
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of MarylandUSA
  2. 2.N.W., #W1129WashingtonUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyDe Paul UniversityChicagoUSA

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