The development and implementation of a psychology consultation program for a state child welfare agency is described. Four phases of program development are outlined: development of the mission, training, implementation, and maintenance and expansion. The program uses a standardized testing referral process that involves intensive clinical review by consulting psychologists. Consultants use a standardized procedure to select psychological testing providers and to review their testing reports. Quality improvement data show that the program has enhanced the quality of psychological assessments. The practical implications of this work for other consultants engaged in program development and policy-making are discussed.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Psychology (miscellaneous)