Volume 19, Issue 3 (1990)
Rational-Emotive Parent Consultation
Marie R. Joyce
ABSTRACT: This article examines two types of RET parent consultation and describes ways in which RET can be implemented with individual parents or groups of parents from either non-clinical or clinical populations. RET parent consultation can be applied at the level of indirect service to the child where the parent is the consultee and the child is the client. The aim of this level is to increase parents’ ability to solve practical problems of their children and achieve the goals of parenting as a consequence of parents learning RET emotional self-control skills. The second level is parent mental health consultation where the parent is the client and the improvement of parent mental health and the reduction of parent stress through RET skill development is seen as an end in itself. In this article, the RET theory of parenting will be presented including history of RET work in the area, parenting styles, the relationship between parent irrationality and parent emotional problems and research. The major focus of this article is to illustrate through case studies and RET material, ways in which both levels of RET parent consultation can be employed by school psychologists.
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