Ecobehavioral Consultation in Schools: Theory and Practice for School Psychologists, Special Educators, and School Counselors, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Ecobehavioral Consultation in Schools

Theory and Practice for School Psychologists, Special Educators, and School Counselors, 1st Edition

By Steven W. Lee, Christopher R. Niileksela


230 pages | 39 B/W Illus.

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Ecobehavioral Consultation in Schools is a practical, theory-based text that advances the practice of ecobehavioral consultation (EBC) and teaches consultants how to develop their own successful practice. It includes examples of what the consultant could say at each step of the process, over 30 easy-to-use forms, and more than 60 interventions available for download on the book’s website. In addition, the explication of EBC theory helps the reader to better understand the "big picture" of each problem, going well beyond a strict behavioral approach to understand family, social, cultural, historical, and internal influences. Ecobehavioral Consultation in Schools isthe perfect companion for students in consultation-training programs such as special education, school psychology, school counseling, school social work, or for any other school professional interested in working collaboratively with teachers and parents.


"Ecobehavioral Consultation in Schools is a masterful treatment of best-practice approaches for school-based consultants. It blends a strong theoretical orientation with outstanding coverage of research and offers practical ideas for professional practice. It’s a wonderful resource for anyone hoping to serve our schools as an effective consultant."

—Terry B. Gutkin, PhD, professor of counseling at San Francisco State University

"Ecobehavioral Consultation in Schools is the next must-have school-consultation resource. In it, Lee and Niileksela provide a solid foundation for scientist-practitioners who provide consultation services in schools. Grounded in ecological-behavioral theory and oriented toward application, it integrates research-based principles with highly useful tools and procedures. This text is a wonderful resource for students, trainers, and practitioners who need a highly practical guide for their work in schools."

—Susan Sheridan, PhD, George Holmes University Professor & Willa Cather Emeritus Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln

"Lee and Niileksela do a unique and masterful service to the field of school-based consultation by their comprehensive coverage of consultation and particular translation of ecobehavioral consultation. Their step-by-step cases, supporting forms, and data-gathering strategies place the use of this approach, long called for by leaders in the field, within the reach of motivated practitioners. Bravo on the long-awaited operationalization of this sophisticated approach to supporting change at multiple levels for youngsters, teachers, parents, and educational organizations!"

—Jane Close Conoley, PhD, dean and professor counseling, clinical, and school psychology at the University of California–Santa Barbara

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Introduction to Consultation

Chapter 2 – History, Rationale and Overview

Chapter 3 – The Ecobehavioral Consultation (EBC) Process

Chapter 4 - Functional Behavior Assessment and Intervention Design

Chapter 5 - Evaluation Strategies in Ecobehavioral Consultation

Chapter 6 - Entry and Ethics in Ecobehavioral Consultation

Chapter 7 - Ecobehavioral Consultation in School-Based Teams

Chapter 8 - Multicultural Ecobehavioral Consultation

Chapter 9 - EBC in a Response to Intervention Framework

About the Authors

Steven W. Lee, PhD, is professor and chair of the department of psychology and research in education and the former program director of the School Psychology Program at the University of Kansas.

Christopher R. Niileksela, PhD, is a lecturer in the department of psychology and research in education at the University of Kansas.

About the Series

School-Based Practice in Action

This series provides school-based practitioners with concise practical guidebooks that are designed to facilitate the implementation of evidence-based programs into school settings, putting the best practices in action. It is closed to new submissions.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Child & Adolescent