Mental Health Consultation: Retrospect and Prospect

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


During my quarter of a century of consultation work, a number of issues have become apparent that have helped clarify what is useful or effective in consultation and what is not. Although it is difficult to evaluate scientifically the effectiveness of various techniques or approaches to mental health consultation, personal contact with thousands of consultants over the years in the United States and other countries has produced a perspective at the Laboratory of Community Psychiatry about those techniques in consultation that have stood the test of time and those that have not. It is useful to review some of these ideas in order to bring them up to date.


Mental Health Private Life Mental Health Specialist Public Health Nurse Community Psychiatry 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald Caplan
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  1. 1.Laboratory of Community PsychiatryHarvard UniversityUSA

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