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Consultation: Conjoint Behavioral

  • By: John W. Eagle & Susan M. Sheridan
  • In: Encyclopedia of School Psychology
  • Edited by: Steven W. Lee
  • Subject:School/Educational Psychology (general), School Psychology, Educational Psychology

Conjoint behavioral consultation (CBC) is defined as a “structured, indirect form of service delivery in which parents and teachers are joined together to address the academic, social, or behavioral needs of an individual” (Sheridan & Kratochwill, 1992, p. 122). CBC incorporates a data-based, behavioral approach to supporting children's needs in naturalistic settings within an ecological–systems theoretical framework. CBC is a process that is guided by a consultant (e.g., school psychologist, special educator, or other team member) who facilitates a problem-solving process through the use of technical and interpersonal skills (Christenson & Sheridan, 2001). The foci of CBC are remediating and preventing problems and developing home–school partnerships.

There are several differences and similarities between CBC and other forms of consultation. CBC uses the problem-solving model of behavioral ...

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