22. Becoming an Educational Consultant

  1. Chris E. Stout
  1. Heather M. Hale

Published Online: 24 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118089972.ch22

Getting Better at Private Practice

Getting Better at Private Practice

How to Cite

Hale, H. M. (2012) Becoming an Educational Consultant, in Getting Better at Private Practice (ed C. E. Stout), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey. doi: 10.1002/9781118089972.ch22

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 SEP 2012
  2. Published Print: 27 JUL 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470903988

Online ISBN: 9781118089972



  • educational consulting;
  • private placement;
  • program development;
  • clinical consultation;
  • wilderness programs;
  • wraparound services;
  • aftercare;
  • intensive outpatient programming;
  • treatment niches


An educational consultant who specializes in therapeutic programming assists families in crisis. Requiring extensive travel and program research, a placement specialist matches children with mental health, substance abuse, learning differences, and/or parent—child relationship conflict with the appropriate clinical resources. From outdoor experiential programs (wilderness treatment) to therapeutic boarding schools and residential treatment settings (both long and short term), an educational consultant's goal is to evaluate and match a child's needs to an environment, which can facilitate the child and family's getting back on track. Program exploration of this magnitude can expand a clinician's understanding of how some of the country's best treatment providers serve youth and their families. Alternatively, national and local program exploration can highlight the need for a niche intensive program model absent in a community. Both of these career paths can lead to successful collaboration among dedicated professionals to build programs of caliber right in the local community.