What is Educational Consulting?
non-profit consumer protection information, health, safety, referral &
By: Michael Conner, Psy.D
Mentor Research Institute:
May 21, 2014
The purposes of
intervention and educational consulting are
parents with an objective evaluation, information, guidance and support
to address their child's psychological and educational problems.
and develop a plan to address dysfunctional and other problem behavior.
parents interview, evaluate and find schools or intervention programs
that will address the parent's concerns.
parents insure the school or intervention program is appropriate for
monitor and advocate for parents with programs and staff.
parents avoid programs that are inappropriate, abusive or incompetent.
To insure that
your child receives services appropriate to their level of need.
To insure that
your expectations and concerns as parents are met.
To provide you
with a qualified professional resource and an advocate that will help
you make sure that programs stay on task and provide the services that
your child needs.
care about you and your child will value their reputations with parents
and they care about what educational consultants have to say about
them. Educational consultants are able to evaluate a programs
performance before and while your child in enrolled in that program.
- An independent Educational Consultant
does not work for school or treatment programs and they are not paid by
these programs. They work for you and you alone.
A growing number of parents with teenagers
are searching for private behavioral intervention and school programs for
help. They need help because there is an increasing number of teenagers
have emotional, psychological, behavioral, school or substance abuse
problems. Many public and private school are simply not providing the help
that children need to learn, grow and feel good about themselves. In
absence of appropriate supervision and healthy self-esteem, students are
dropping out of school, bonding with other kids who have problems, turning
to drugs, and becoming involved in unsafe activities that feel more
rewarding and worthwhile.
Fortunately, there there are thousands of
school and intervention programs. Unfortunately, many of these "schools"
and "programs" act unethically, are not safe or may do more harm than
good. Even schools and program that have good reputations are not
necessarily appropriate for your child. Some schools and programs have
earned good reputations a long time ago, but programs change and
reputations may no longer be deserved.
Many parents make the mistake of trying to
find the best program for their child without the necessary information
or professional guidance and support. When you call a private school or
program, they will either tell you they can help or they can't help. If
they can help, only a few will tell you about a school that is better or
more appropriate for all of your needs.
Parents are usually overwhelmed with
information and decision factors when they are exploring school and
intervention programs. If there is a crisis involved, the situation is
even more distressing. Very few parents know how to tell if a program is
appropriate or not. Research and published materials on programs are
simply not adequate and the results of parent surveys are never enough to
assure that your child's needs will be taken care of. In many cases,
children need some form of crisis intervention, psychological and
educational evaluation, as well as a referral to an appropriate school or
intervention program. Previous evaluations and services may have been
inadequate or incomplete. Parents need objective advice and information as
well as commitment to their family.
Intervention, therapeutic and educational
programs vary considerably and there are a tremendous number of
programs. Programs vary tremendously in terms of
In many cases, an intervention is necessary
before students can return home or go to a private school that can address
any special educational needs. Interventions may involve screening,
runaway location, crisis stabilization, clinical and educational
evaluation, developing treatment plans, monitoring, and educational
and Trained. A relatively small number of educational consultants
are licensed and specifically trained to provide screening,
intervention, evaluation, treatment and referral services for both
psychological and educational problems.
in an Professional Organization. A growing number of educational
consultants are becoming members of professional organizations that
require specific education and experience for membership. Membership
provides some assurance to consumers. Members of organizations are not
required to be licensed or specifically to provide educational, school
or psychological services.
Provider. There is no state regulation, licensure or educational
requirements before someone can call their self an educational
consultant. Unfortunately, there are inexperienced and unqualified
people offering educational and psychological services in this country.
At the very least, educational consultants
with parents, students and involved professionals to gather information
to identify the family’s needs.
evaluation, guidance and intervention support during family crises such
as a runaway, dangerous or threatening behavior, or alcohol and other
review pertinent records such as school cumulative records, behavioral
records, psycho-educational reports, medical and mental health records
and other information that might be helpful in making decisions
regarding potential intervention or placement of students.
visit and contact programs and schools that are potentially appropriate
between one and three programs that parents can contact and visit that
are most appropriate for their child.
ongoing support, advocacy and information regarding their child's
progress during placement in a treatment program or school program.
contact with families and programs to insure proper communication
between all parties for an agreed upon period of time.
Remain with a
family through any program adjustments or changes if they are
Copyright 2004 -
Michael G. Conner