Collaborative consultation


As a collaborative consultant you are asked by a school prin” rel=”nofollow”>incipal to chair a Teacher-Parent meetin” rel=”nofollow”>ing to develop an educational plan to address the needs of Tom, a 10 year old student, who is new to
the school and the neighbourhood. Tom has recently been diagnosed with ADHD and very limited literacy skills by a clin” rel=”nofollow”>inical psychologist and you have been given a copy of this assessment. Tom’s
teacher Sue is a begin” rel=”nofollow”>innin” rel=”nofollow”>ing teacher and wants you to chair the meetin” rel=”nofollow”>ing because she doesn’t feel confident doin” rel=”nofollow”>ing it herself. She sees this as a valuable train” rel=”nofollow”>inin” rel=”nofollow”>ing opportunity for learnin” rel=”nofollow”>ing to work
collaboratively with parents.

In answerin” rel=”nofollow”>ing the followin” rel=”nofollow”>ing questions please use a collaborative approach to the processes of plannin” rel=”nofollow”>ing and problem solvin” rel=”nofollow”>ing.

1. You agree to chair the teacher-parent meetin” rel=”nofollow”>ing but have never met the parents, student or teacher in” rel=”nofollow”>involved. What could you do to ensure that this is a
productive meetin” rel=”nofollow”>ing ?

2. Sin” rel=”nofollow”>ince you have a copy of the psychologist’s recent assessment is there any need to further clarify Tom’s learnin” rel=”nofollow”>ing needs ? If so, what needs to be done?

3. At this first meetin” rel=”nofollow”>ing would you in” rel=”nofollow”>invite Tom to attend the meetin” rel=”nofollow”>ing, for a part or the whole of the meetin” rel=”nofollow”>ing or not at all ? Please give reasons.

4. If you fin” rel=”nofollow”>ind that Tom’s parents lack confidence in” rel=”nofollow”>in speakin” rel=”nofollow”>ing up in” rel=”nofollow”>in meetin” rel=”nofollow”>ings at the school, and have a strong sense of in” rel=”nofollow”>inferiority because of their limited education and
unhappy memories of their own schoolin” rel=”nofollow”>ing, what might you do to help overcome this ?

5. If someone tells you that the mother is extremely depressed at present what do you thin” rel=”nofollow”>ink her current needs might be and what might you do to meet them.

6. If you fin” rel=”nofollow”>ind out that Tom has been a lonely and unhappy boy for some time and has suffered a lot of bullyin” rel=”nofollow”>ing at his previous school, what do you expect his immediate
social and emotional needs might be, and how might they be addressed ? Remember Tom is new to the school and the family is new to the neighbourhood.


John is a teacher who is havin” rel=”nofollow”>ing great difficulty managin” rel=”nofollow”>ing his teachin” rel=”nofollow”>ing workload and the pressures of everyday livin” rel=”nofollow”>ing. He has a very challengin” rel=”nofollow”>ing class to teach and has ongoin” rel=”nofollow”>ing conflict with his
partner at home. As a result he has been highly stressed for quite some time. You have been asked by the school prin” rel=”nofollow”>incipal to support John in” rel=”nofollow”>in your role as a collaborative consultant. John is most
willin” rel=”nofollow”>ing to work with you and wants your help.

1. What are the thin” rel=”nofollow”>ings you most need to fin” rel=”nofollow”>ind out when you meet John ? Explain” rel=”nofollow”>in reasons for your answer.

2. If you fin” rel=”nofollow”>ind that ongoin” rel=”nofollow”>ing conflict with his partner is a major cause of John’s stress, what might be possibly good ways of improvin” rel=”nofollow”>ing this situation ? Please give reasons for your

3. If you fin” rel=”nofollow”>ind that managin” rel=”nofollow”>ing classroom behaviour is a major cause of John’s stress, what might be an effective collaborative approach to use in” rel=”nofollow”>in clarifyin” rel=”nofollow”>ing and tacklin” rel=”nofollow”>ing this problem ?
give reasons for your answer,

4. If you discover John has socially disengaged from friends and cut himself off from previously enjoyable activities and experiences, what might you say to him ? Please give reasons for
your answer.

5. In this topic there are a number of readin” rel=”nofollow”>ings about the prin” rel=”nofollow”>inciples that in” rel=”nofollow”>influence makin” rel=”nofollow”>ing personal changes such as changin” rel=”nofollow”>ing one’s lifestyle and established patterns of
behaviour. What are the key prin” rel=”nofollow”>inciples in” rel=”nofollow”>influencin” rel=”nofollow”>ing personal change and how might they be relevant to your work with John ?

When answerin” rel=”nofollow”>ing this question it would be useful to read up on stress management and the prin” rel=”nofollow”>inciples of makin” rel=”nofollow”>ing personal change. In answerin” rel=”nofollow”>ing this question please consider issues such as the value of
social support, encouragement, settin” rel=”nofollow”>ing realistic goals and managin” rel=”nofollow”>ing negative self talk.

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