Erica provides consultation to:
- Organizations and agencies looking to develop or enrich already existing therapeutic arts programs
- Behavioral specialists and educational professionals in need of strategies for improving students’ social, behavioral, and emotional functioning
- Educational institutes desiring school wide or grade-specific programming related to anti-bullying, positive behavior support, sexual and relational health, or other emotional health and wellness topics
- Mental health practitioners looking for insight into or alternative strategies for working with specific clients (see also supervision)
- Organizations, schools, and agencies looking to improve staff morale, motivation, and cohesion.
The Value of Consultations
The value of consulting extends beyond receiving recommendations when approaching short-term problems. Consultations provide the opportunity for accessing deeper levels of expertise from an outsider who can help clarify goals, recognize unidentified problems, develop holistic strategies, and outline efficient steps toward change. Working from a systemic framework, Erica is interested in indentifying the ways in which all parts of a system (be it a family or an organization) interact to produce undesirable or desirable results. Erica applies the credo “work smarter, not harder” in helping individuals and organizations clarify goals, identify barriers, and simplify their approach to making change in order to enrich the services they provide to others.
Examples of Consultations
Committed to improving the quality of life of older adults who are physically, mentally, or socially dependent, Care Connexxus, Inc. of Riverside sought consultation on how to enrich their arts and crafts program to make it more life enhancing. Following a site visit consisting of interviews with staff, observations of staff interactions with clients, and direct participation in arts activities with clients, Erica provided a detailed report and follow up staff training on strategies for enhancing their arts programs.
Aware of the diverse needs of her clients, an educational specialist working with a teen with Autistic Spectrum Disorder sought consultation to shape a behavior support plan that would reduce undesirable social behaviors. After an in-person and follow-up phone consultation, Erica guided the professional in identifying the functions of the behavior, clarifying the child’s strengths, and outlining incremental goals for increasing positive replacement behaviors. She counseled the professional in designing an easy to follow behavior support plan for the family and made recommendations for coordination with other professionals for a whole team approach.
Mental Health Professionals
Dedicated to providing consistently high quality care for clients, a licensed clinical psychologist sought consultation on a long-term client case. Sessions felt stagnant and the therapist was uncertain how to move the work forward. Erica assisted the therapist in clarifying goals, progress, and current barriers, as well as the therapists’ own role in the stagnation by using the therapist’s countertransference as a window into the client’s world. Erica role played appropriate ways to challenge the client and helped the therapist work through her own reservations about addressing the matter directly.