Conjoint Behavioral Consultation in Practice: Promoting Positive Family–School Relationships

Chapter 2 addressed the behavioral (outcome) objectives of CBC, including the specific child-related issues addressed and the degree to which joint problem solving results in desirable outcomes for the child. Certain prerequisites are also necessary to maximize the outcomes of home–school actions. Specifically, the “4 A’s” – approach, atmosphere, attitudes, and actions – constitute what are among the important conditions that need to be in place for the formation of effective partnerships (see Chapter 1). Within the specific framework of CBC, additional prerequisite conditions for effective outcomes are embodied in relational, or relationship-building, objectives. Relational objectives concern aspects of the CBC model that support the development of relationships and partnerships on behalf of the child. Decades of clinical work with CBC have suggested that it is not only what is done in the context of problem solving, but also how parents and teachers are brought together and relate to one another and the manner in which their relationship is supported that determines the broader benefits of CBC. It is to these relationship-building objectives that we turn in the present chapter.


Consultation Process School Personnel Behavioral Contrast Consultation Team Meaningful Role 
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