Department of Educational Psychology


Date of this Version

April 2004


Published in School Psychology Quarterly 19:2 (2004), pp. 121–140. Copyright © 2004 American Psychological Association. Used by permission. “This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.”


Conjoint behavioral consultation (CBC) can be considered a help-giving model, wherein consultants work with parents and teachers in an effort to develop constructive partnerships aimed at addressing needs of students for whom both parties share responsibility. The development of strong relationships among systems in a child’s life is related to positive outcomes for children, and congruence among systems is one relationship variable that has received previous research attention. This study examined the degree to which parent and teacher perceptions of the helpfulness of the CBC consultant are congruent, and its relationship with various case outcomes. Correlational analyses suggest that parents’ and teachers’ perspectives of the helpfulness of the consultant are not necessarily re lated to each other, and as differences increase, perceptions of outcomes decrease for both parties. Research implications, limitations, and future directions are offered.