National Center for Effective Mental Halth Consultation

Activity: What's in Your Program or Community?

As a mental health consultant or a Head Start or Early Head Start program administrator, consider what aspects of consultant preparation, supervision, and program administrative features are in place or need to be developed to enhance the effectiveness of consultation and the consultative stance.


Enhancing the Effectiveness of Consultation:
Relationship-based Work and the Consultative Stance

Features In
Need to
Who to
Training and preparation
  • Training in relationship-based consultation
  • Training in the consultative stance
Ongoing supervision and supports
  • Supervision that supports reflective practice
  • Supervision for guidance and skill development
Organizational and Administrative Features
  • Program philosophy that supports learning and relationships
  • Opportunities for relationship building and collaboration
  • Reflective practices for staff and caregivers

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