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- Untreated behavior problems in elementary school students can result in a trajectory of negative life outcomes, which include more failed courses, lower grade point averages, increased absenteeism, and higher retention rates compared to other students (Wagner et al., 1993). - Family-school partnerships and parental involvement in interventions and educational programs positively correlate with favorable outcomes for students, families, and teachers (e.g., Grolnick & Slowiaczek, 1994). - Conjoint Behavioral Consultation (CBC; Sheridan, Kratochwill, & Bergan, 1996; Sheridan & Kratochwill, in press) maintains promise as an evidence-based model for increasing ongoing, collaborative family-school interactions (Guli, 2005). - Conducted with parents and teachers together, as joint consultees. - Concerns are identified, analyzed, and addressed through collaborative interactions between the consultees and guidance from a consultant. - Modified recently to (a) provide CBC in a small, group format (i.e., the families of 2-3 students and their teacher) and (b) assure intervention implementation integrity and appropriate levels of consultant support. - A large-scale, randomized clinical trial is being conducted to investigate the effectiveness of the modified CBC process and to expand upon the single-case experimental research on CBC as a promising, evidence-based consultation model. - The current study investigated preliminary findings from a subset of the clinical trial.