Several things need to be in place to effectively implement the preventive aspects of consultation. According to Love (2007), these include the following:
- Ensure strong skill acquisition on the part of consultees to ensure generalization of knowledge and skills.
- Make certain that consultees understand the rationale for matching interventions to behaviors.
- Educate parties-at-interest about the “purpose, efficacy, and preventive aspects of consultation” (p. 168).
- Increase research to evaluate the preventive aspects of consultation.
Some authors such as Meyers et al. (1993) and Parsons and Meyers (1984) point out that one barrier that may keep mental health consultation from reaching its preventive potential is its focus on the remediation of the weaknesses of consultees as opposed to the development ...