Conceptual Bases of Mental Health Consultation in the Schools

Judith Landon Alpert

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Describes general mental health consultations and specifically, school mental health consultations. The historical foundation of school mental health consultation is rooted in the first psychological clinic. The reasoning basic to mental health consultation contains four major assumptions: (a) The consultant can alter teacher's perception; (b) alteration in teacher perception will affect teacher behavior; (c) alteration in teacher behavior will affect pupil behavior; and (d) teacher learning will be generalized to future cases. The article also discusses: the definition of mental health consultation, intervention techniques, consultation stages, and some difficulties encountered in consultations. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)619-626
Number of pages8
JournalProfessional Psychology: Research and Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1976


  • consultation stages
  • historical foundation
  • intervention techniques
  • pupil behavior
  • school mental health consultations
  • teacher behavior
  • teacher learning
  • teacher perception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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