The Effectiveness of a Partnership-Centered Approach in Conjoint Behavioral Consultation

S. Andrew Garbacz, Kathryn E. Woods, Michelle S. Swanger-Gagné, Ashley M. Taylor, Kathryn A. Black, Susan M. Sheridan

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The purpose of this exploratory study was to investigate the extent to which a partnership orientation in conjoint behavioral consultation (CBC) may predict case outcomes and determine the relationship between a partnership orientation and implementation integrity of CBC. CBC is a problem-solving process by which families and teachers work collaboratively with a consultant to address students' academic, behavioral, and social needs. Twenty children, their parents and teachers, and consultants were involved in CBC services. Outcomes included parent and teacher ratings of acceptability, satisfaction, perceptions of effectiveness, and child performance across home and school settings. Partnership orientation scores and process integrity data were collected across interviews for each case. Results suggest that both parents and teachers consistently find CBC to be an acceptable, effective, and satisfactory form of service delivery. Findings reveal that consultants can conduct CBC interview objectives effectively within a partnership orientation. A partnership orientation in CBC was significant in predicting teachers' acceptability and satisfaction with the process; however, parents' acceptability and satisfaction with the CBC process was not predicted by a partnership orientation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-326
Number of pages14
JournalSchool Psychology Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2008



  • conjoint behavioral consultation
  • families
  • family-school partnerships
  • schools

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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