The Common Basis of Consultation
Although all authors in this volume are unique in their approach to consultation and they are working in almost incomparable settings, there are some common messages that grow out of their writings. These form a backdrop for understanding the special demands that are placed on consultants, especially in contrast to the role of private-practice therapists. This distinction is important since the most typical route for becoming a consultant is by enlarging the scope of one’s clinical therapeutic practice to include consulting roles or assignments with agencies that have contacted local practitioners in order to receive help with specific problems of adults or children. When they enter the new consulting relationship, far too frequently they naively or arrogantly attempt to work with consultees as though they are “patients” who are simply being seen in a new or different setting. Inevitably, the relationship is quickly terminated and mental health receives another black eye. Wiser individuals, entering into unfamiliar situations, recognize their own professional inexperience and seek information and guidance before they become too deeply enmeshed.
KeywordsPrivate Practice Private Practitioner Unfamiliar Situation Mental Health Consultation Typical Route
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