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October, 2015

consultation skill development as a therapist

The purpose is to guide mental health professionals in exploring consultation as an extension of primary treatment efforts as well as an alternative to the traditional therapeutic approach. A main premise being that the additional skills necessary to provide effective consultation are built upon a professional’s solid foundation of clinical knowledge and expertise. As a […]

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A Mental Health Professional Consultant’s Code of Ethics

A Mental Health Professional Consultant’s Code of Ethics Because there is no universally accepted code of ethics for consultants with mental health backgrounds, Gallessich (1982) created a set of principles based on information culled from the consultation literature (American Psychological Association, 1972; Benne, 1969; Division of Managerial Consultation of the Academy of Management, 1978; G. […]

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Ten Characteristics of a Healthy Workplace

Ten Characteristics of a Healthy Workplace A healthy workplace allows employees to have a sense of 1. Meaning in their work, often based on a noble vision the organization is pursuing. 2. Support based on caring and thoughtful relationships with superiors, peers, and subordinates in the organization. 3. Participation in decision making so that input […]

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The Link between Sexual Orientation and Performance

The Link between Sexual Orientation and Performance When managers send signals or messages that it is not okay to be gay in the workplace, whether intentionally or not, they negatively impact work performance. Negative messages or signals force many employees to hide their sexual identity. This hiding takes a tremendous amount of psychological and physical […]

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Principles of effective training in mental health

As mental health professionals know from their course work and experiences in human learning, many factors can facilitate participant learning: Maximize motivation: Whenever possible, the consultant should strive to maximize the intrinsic motivation of the employees. However, extrinsic motivation (e.g., monetary rewards, recognition, praise, Continuing Education credits) can also be useful. Motivation is maximized when […]

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How to Reject Suggestions Tactfully

How to Reject Suggestions Tactfully Listen carefully: Give employees an opportunity to explain their suggestions in greater detail. Aspects of the suggestion that have merit or could be developed to make the suggestion more viable may not have been completely explained on the suggestion form. Express appreciation: Be sure to let employees know that their […]

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the psychodynamic approach to team development

To help clients understand how past experiences influence current behaviors, mental health professionals use the psychodynamic approach, even if it is not adopted as a formal therapeutic orientation. This approach can also be useful when consulting with teams, as the group’s past experiences, as well as those of each member, will influence their current functioning. […]

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Group Therapy Skills and Consulting with Small Groups or Teams

Group Therapy Skills and Consulting with Small Groups or Teams The group therapy analogy is important in terms of looking at the interaction between the role the leader plays and the behavior of the members of the group. The norms of the group are important, and what is subtly communicated about rewards is often more […]

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Family Therapy Skills and Consulting with Small Groups or Teams

Family Therapy Skills and Consulting with Small Groups or Teams The analogy in organizations and family therapy is that male leaders may be viewed as the father (the authority figure) and female managers as the mother (the role of sexism should also be explored with this). Subordinates can be viewed as children ( brothers and […]

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Couples Therapy Skills and Consulting in Dyadic or Small Group Work

Couples Therapy Skills and Consulting in Dyadic or Small Group Work The principles of couples therapy are helpful in dealing with any two people trying to get along in an organization. The common issues for couples (communication, power, equity, control, negotiation, etc.) are important in dyadic and small group work and are basically similar. However, […]

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