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Consultation: Behavioral

  • By: Heather E. Sterling-Turner & Sheri L. Robinson
  • In: Encyclopedia of School Psychology
  • Edited by: Steven W. Lee
  • Subject:School/Educational Psychology (general), School Psychology, Educational Psychology

Behavioral consultation (BC), most commonly associated with John Bergan and Thomas Kratochwill, is an indirect service provided to a client (e.g., child, parent, teacher, patient) by a consultant who works directly with a consultee (e.g., parent, teacher, administrator, medical doctor) to define a problem and develop and evaluate an intervention. The consultee then provides direct services to the client.

Because BC is based upon behavioral theory and procedures that have been effective in teaching new skills and reducing learning and behavior problems, it has become particularly popular in school settings. In comparison to other models of consultation, BC emphasizes direct observations of client behavior, implementation of empirically validated interventions, and systematic evaluation of interventions to guide decisions and determine efficacy.

BC is a four-stage problem-solving model used ...

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