Children, Youth, Families & Schools, Nebraska Center for Research on


Date of this Version

August 2005


Burt, J. D., Garbacz, S. A., Sheridan, S. M., Black, K. A., & Olson, S. C. (2005, August). Relationships between consultation training and practice: Serving families and schools. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.


• Children and families face more challenges than at any time in recent history. For example, there are increasing numbers of children who live in poverty, and/or single-parent homes.

• Schools are being called to engage in deeper partnerships with parents and communities to address these complex needs (Ysseldyke et al., 1997).

• Consequently, home-school partnership models have become a top priority in the field of school psychology (Christenson, 2004; Ysseldyke et al., 1997).

• Additionally, indirect services are emphasized more than ever before, with data-based consultation models being recognized as an essential skill in the school psychologist’s repertoire (Sheridan & Gutkin, 2000).

• Conjoint behavioral consultation (CBC; Sheridan, Kratochwill, & Bergan, 1996) is one method of service delivery that meets the challenges these issues present.