A consultation approach helps those involved to work collaboratively to develop solutions. It involves bringing together those most concerned to explore, problem solve and plan ways forward. A consultation meeting provides the framework for possible assessment and intervention planning.
Consultation is a collaborative process where the contribution of each participant has equal value. It is a process that is intended to help teachers be successful in managing their concerns and achieving jointly agreed outcomes that are practical and achievable in their context. Consultation can apply at different levels of working and be used to develop solutions for school based issues, class, group or individual issues for staff and students.
What are the essentials of a consultation approach?
- All taking part understand what consultation involves
- An appropriate time and place is allocated for the consultation
- All participants views are valued
- Achievable outcomes or ‘hopes’ are established at the beginning
- The focus is on shared problem solving
- Follow up is arranged to evaluate outcomes and plan further actions
- Students views are sought and central to discussion
- Parent and carer participation is promoted
Ideally consultation is the starting point for assessment work so this has a clear purpose and is based on information that those who know the child best have shared. We offer a range of psychological assessment, from observation, to specialised and focused / diagnostic assessments of general or specific skills. We use psychological techniques and therapeutic approaches to elicit information about the child’s perceptions and their social, emotional and mental health.
We make sure that our assessment data is presented clearly, and we combine it with the views of the child, parents and teachers to give a psychological formulation of a child's current situation. Your psychologist will help you to link this formulation to practical and effective intervention.
Consultation Information Leaflets
Please see leaflets describing and explaining consultation to school staff and parents and carers. Pass the leaflets on to staff and parents or carers to help them understand the process. This will hopefully reduce any anxieties for parents and carers and enable them to feel able to participate fully and productively in educational psychology consultation meetings, for best outcomes for their children and young people. The leaflets are designed to be printed.
Parents and carers leaflet:
Schools and settings leaflet: