A Review of Gerald Caplan's Theory and Practice of Mental Health Consultation

Mendoza, Danielle W.
July 1993
Journal of Counseling & Development;Jul/Aug93, Vol. 71 Issue 6, p629
Academic Journal
Gerald Caplan's Theory and Practice of Mental Health Consultation (1970), considered to be a classic seminal work in the field of consultation, is reviewed. First, the author presents Caplan's general definition of consultation along with what may be considered the general principles or procedures of consultation. Then the author presents Caplan's procedures and principles as relevant to each type of consultation. Next, each of Caplan's four models of consultation is described. Last, these four models are compared in terms of the professional role of the consultee, the primary goal of consultation, and the target of consultation intervention.


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