The Three Person Field: Collaborative Consultation to Psychotherapy

By Diane Engelman, Ph.D. and Steven A. Frankel, M.D.
Published in The Humanistic Psychologist 30: 49-62 (2002)

Synopsis:
In this paper we describe an aspect of our work at the Center for Collaborative Psychiatry, Medicine, and Psychology. We use a collaborative model of assessment and treatment, overlapping at points with Finn’s therapeutic assessment, and Fischer’s individualized, collaborative assessment. Collaboration occurs between each member of the treatment team: client, clinician, and consultant(s). Consultation is also directed to the treatment dyad, the team leader offering fresh perspectives about treatment difficulties and progress. We make consultation to the treatment a standard part of our collaborative protocol, required for all comprehensive evaluations and treatments conducted through the Center.

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