Consultation can be provided to individuals, teams and services.
Consultation provides a space where team and service members can reflect on the needs of the clients and the ways they are meeting these needs. There are also opportunities to reflect on the needs of the organization and teams involved.
The aim of consultation is for a collaborative process with the dual aim of providing support and advice to individuals and groups whilst facilitating good working together within the organization. Consultation allows those supporting children, young people and their carers or parents to reflect on their own role and plans and to focus on how this fits with the roles and plans of others involved.
The whole network can gain shared understanding of the child, insight about current issues involving the child and a common belief in how to best aid that child whilst supporting the carer and their family.
Consultation also allows team members to reflect upon the organization and the impact of the work upon themselves; and to gain support with this impact.
Kim aims for a collaborative model for the consultation in which she works in partnership with the consultees in exploring problems and finding potential solutions. The psychological expertise brought to this process is Kim’s unique responsibility, but the use of this expertise becomes a collaborative process.