POPARD’S approach to consultation has evolved over the past few years, with a vision of making our services consistent with evidence-based practices in effective consultation. Although old medical or “expert” models of consultation still do exist, the literature is clear that these models are less effective in inspiring change in the consultee and often leave the consultee and school team feeling less capable and in greater need of “expert” support. POPARD uses an empowerment model of consultation.
For a particularly complex or challenging situation, a district may opt for an extended consult that is usually conducted over two or three days. The philosophy of the extended consult is similar to that of the one-day student consult; however, it allows for more intensive focus on a student and school team, and immediate coaching with implementation support over the two or three consecutive days.