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TYPES OF MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTATION*
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1963 American Orthopsychiatric Association
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Volume 33, Issue 3, pages 470–481, April 1963
How to Cite
CAPLAN, G. (1963), TYPES OF MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTATION. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 33: 470–481. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.1963.tb00381.x
Presented at the 1962 Annual Meeting; accepted for publication, October 18. 1962.
The views expressed in this paper have been developed by the author in collaboration with several colleagues in the Boston area. The earliest work was done at the Wellesley Human Relations Service, with Erich Lindemann, Donald Klein and Elizabeth Lindemann. For eight years, consultation techniques have been explored within the framework of the community mental health activities of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Mental Hygiene in conjunction with its Directors, Warren T. Vaughan, Bellenden Rand Hutcheson, and their colleagues. During the past four years, the main focus of the work has centered on an evaluative study at Harvard School of Public Health, Financed by Grant No. M-3442 from the National Institute of Mental Health. The staff members of this project have made major contributions to the development of the conceptual framework. Significant help has been obtained from Charlotte E. Owens, Louisa P. Howe, David M. Kaplan, Thomas F. A. Plaut, Leonard J. Hassol, Thomas McDonald, and Lenin A. Baler.
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Mental health consultation is defined and differentiated from other forms of professional activity in the community mental health field. The four main types of mental health consultation are discussed and one, “consultee-centered case consultation,” is described in some detail, to illustrate the basic principles of method and technique.