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Consultation: Ecobehavioral

  • By: Mike Bonner
  • In: Encyclopedia of School Psychology
  • Edited by: Steven W. Lee
  • Subject:School/Educational Psychology (general), School Psychology, Educational Psychology

Ecobehavioral consultation refers to an approach to consultation guided by an integration of behavioral theory and ecological theory with the problem solving process common to all models of consultation. Consultation is a method of providing indirect psychological services to children. Instead of offering counseling directly to the student, for instance, the psychologist offers professional expertise to one or more adults (e.g., teacher, parent) in a manner that is helpful to resolving concerns associated with the child. The term ecobehavioral consultation was first coined by Gutkin (1993), but has been described by others (e.g., Conoley & Conoley, 1992; Kantor, 1924).

All psychologists, and thus all psychological consultants, are guided by theories when attempting to understand human behavior. Behavioral theory has a long history of explaining human behavior ...

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