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Background Theory on Consultation
Background theory on consultation

The emergence of consultation as a service option for mental health/human service professionals was due to many reasons. First, there was the issue, pointed out by authors such as Albee (1959), of the increasing incidence of mental health problems in our society with a corresponding shortage of mental health professionals to help deal with these problems. Second, the emergence of preventive psychiatry with its focus on population-based perspectives (Caplan, 1964) became popular. The idea behind this was the following: Rather than deal exclusively with remedial issues, psychiatry had the capacity to make preventive interventions in the community that would decrease the occurrence of mental health issues among the populace. By being involved in social forces that impact the ...

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