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Sheridan, S. M., Schemm, A. V., Marti, D. C., Dowd, S. E., Eagle, J. W., Rohlk, A., & Swanger, M. (2004, July). Family/Partnership-centered conjoint behavioral consultation: The reconceptualization of a model. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI. Permission to use.


• The importance of working meaningfully and constructively with families in promoting a child’s learning and adjustment is unequivocal. Home-school partnerships have been shown to relate to many positive outcomes for children, families, teachers, and schools. • Conjoint Behavioral Consultation (CBC; Sheridan, Kratochwill, & Bergan, 1996) is a structured, indirect model of service delivery whereby parents and teachers are joined to collaboratively address needs and concerns of a child with the assistance of a consultant. Goals of CBC encompass those focused on addressing child needs, and developing home-school partnerships. • CBC is procedurally operationalized via conjoint interviews (Problem Identification, Problem Analysis, and Treatment Evaluation) aimed at prioritizing shared concerns across home and school settings, evaluating factors contributing to the identified concern, developing an agreeable plan, and evaluating the child’s progress toward goals. • Traditional approaches to CBC emphasize a problem-solving orientation, aimed largely at addressing problems experienced by individual children.