Volume 7, Issue 3 (1978)
Consultation From the Consultee's Perspective
J. Sandoval, N. Lambert, J. Davis
When specifying the training necessary to become an effective school-based consultant, many authorities are quick to point out that clinical experience, especially in conducting psychotherapy,is of great value. Experts also contend that a consultant who, in addition, has had the benefit of personal psychotherapy is even better prepared to be a consultant, for he or she is then able to identify counter transference and transference that may take place during the consultation transaction (Berlin, 1966).However useful clinical skills may be in performing as a consultant,there is another basic prerequisite, training experience.In a paper dealing with the training of consultants, Lambert,Sandoval, and Yandell (1975) stated that “it becomes evident that, in our view, essential to the development of consultant skills is learning how to be a consultee” (p. 6). They based their proposition on their observation that many critical learning experiences result from the consultee’s participating in the consultation experience and observing the behavior of the consultant.
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