Mental health consultation with groups

John Altrocchi, Charles D. Spielberger, Carl Eisdorfer

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A case-seminar method of group mental health consultation is presented and differentiated from group supervision, seminar teaching, sensitivity training, and group psychotherapy. The group consultant employs roles and techniques of a teacher, a group leader, a clinician, and a communication facilitator. Analysis of the process of group consultation suggests that several phases are discernable and that each phase offers opportunities for fruitful, problem-solving discussions of the personal reaction of clients and consultees. Group discussion of consultees' reactions to and feelings about their clients and the active use of group processes by the consultant most clearly differentiate this method from Caplan's approach to mental health consultation with individual consultees.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-134
Number of pages8
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 1965

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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