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.
The goal of POPARD’s consultation model is to work with the team to develop a manageable implementation plan focusing on two to three priority concerns that can be realistically worked on with the resources and skill set of the team. Building greater skill and confidence in the team is more likely to lead to empowerment and increased local capacity, ultimately leading to positive long-term outcomes for the identified student and classroom.