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Consultation in Mental Health Settings
Consultation in mental health settings
Introduction

The development of consultation in mental health settings is largely attributed to the views and writings of Gerald Caplan (1964, 1970, 2004; Caplan & Caplan, 1999). Caplan envisioned consultation as a vital form of service delivery rather than a distinct professional discipline. Caplan also reasoned that communities and their constituents (individuals, groups, systems) that attend to the well-being of others can help prevent the development of mental illness, mitigate future psychological distress, and enhance the psychological wellness of the community—all while reducing the need for direct mental health services (Albee & Fryer, 2003). To do so, however, requires effective consultation between mental health and professionals such as educators, law enforcement, and church leaders (Caplan, 1964).

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