The Public Consultant

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(11), 954–955. Reviews the book, Consulting with Human Service Systems by Leonard D. Goodstein (1978). This book can be divided into two sections. The first half examines organizational theory and conceptual issues in the consultation process. The second half deals with the stages of organizational consultation. Goodstein clearly provides a broad but brief coverage of many areas important to organizational consultation. Of note, however, is the omission or lack of concern for such important concepts as sanction and community organization. The problem of role definition within organizations receives minimal attention as the volume lacks a discussion of the differences between consultation, education, supervision, and psychotherapy. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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