Building Competence in School Consultation
A Developmental Approach
School psychologists consistently indicate that consultation is a crucial component of their duties but that they lack sufficient opportunities to develop their corresponding knowledge, skills, and confidence during graduate training. Building Competence in School Consultation directly addresses the need for practical, comprehensive consultation training, including support materials, for school psychologists, counselors, and other professionals working in schools. Drawing from evidence-based approaches as well as experienced instructors’ real-world toolkits, these essential perspectives and activities approach the standard and less common challenges of the school consultant role. Written by two leading experts in consultation, this book brings school psychology research directly to graduate students and both novice and experienced practitioners, providing invaluable context, reflection activities, videos from fellow consultation experts, and resources that translate academic findings into skills ready for immediate use.
Table of Contents
Preface. Acknowledgments 1. Consultation Training: Making it Work 2. Understanding School Culture 3. Consultation Relationships: Building Working Relationships 4. Communication Skills 5. The Consultative Problem Solving Process: An Introduction 6. Contracting: Making the Invisible Visible 7. Problem Identification and Problem Analysis: Look Before You Leap 8. Designing and Implementing Interventions: It's Not Magic – It's Planning, Monitoring, and Performance Feedback 9. Post-Intervention Planning and Closure 10. Learning to Consult: The Roles of Assessment, Feedback, and Deliberate Practice. References. Appendices. Index
Daniel S. Newman is Assistant Professor in the School Psychology Program at the University of Cincinnati, USA.
Sylvia A. Rosenfield is Professor Emerita at the University of Maryland, USA.
"Building Competence in School Consultation: A Developmental Approach is the book for which I and our field has been waiting. Newman and Rosenfield unpack and clearly articulate the process of becoming a competent school consultant—a highly touted but little-understood clinical skill. The activities and assessments embedded throughout assure that neophyte and experienced mental health professionals alike can enhance their consultation practice to provide optimal services to consultees and clients."
—Cynthia E. Hazel, Department Chair of Teaching and Learning Sciences and Professor of Child, Family, and School Psychology at the University of Denver, USA
"Finally, a book about the foundations of consultation that is applicable to a wide variety of school consultation models. Readers will find not only an introduction to consultation but also a guide to understanding and fostering consultant-consultee relationships. The book’s developmental perspective, emphasizing consultation’s lifelong learning process, will speak to both novice and experienced consultants, while its focus on ethical issues and dilemmas in schools is a unique and welcome feature."
—Ingrid Hylander, Associate Professor and Senior Researcher at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden
"Identifying reflective exercises, case studies, and modeling activities is often a challenge for instructors of consultation. This comprehensive and practical guide to the development of consultation skills is an essential resource. Reflective, interactive, and thought-provoking, it offers trainees a well-rounded skill set, including the utilization of multiple media platforms, the integration of lived experiences, and more."
—Stacy A. S. Williams, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Marist College, USA