National Center for Effective Mental Halth Consultation

Essential Attributes

Essential AttributesA consultant's attributes or personality traits are one of his/her most valuable tools in achieving effective ECMHC. The relationship-based and collaborative nature of consultation necessarily calls for individuals with demeanors that facilitate partnering with and engaging others. Several critical consultant attributes that foreshadow success include:

  • Respectful — values others' opinions
  • Open-minded/non-judgmental — accepts people for who they are
  • Reflective
  • Flexible — will adjust schedule and modify strategies as needed
  • Approachable/easy to talk to
  • Good listener
  • Trustworthy
  • Compassionate/empathetic
  • Team player
  • Willing to be hands-on and not just stand in the corner
  • Reliable, dependable
  • Self-motivated
  • Positive/upbeat
  • Patient — recognizes that change takes time
  • Persistent — does not give up if there is resistance to change
  • Loves children — shares the "children come first" mentality
  • Warm/people person




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