An Exploration of Factors Impacting Utilization of School-Based Behavioral Consultation

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 2
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 11: Consultation and Collaboration With Educators and Parents

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn positive beliefs supporting usage of behavioral consultation based on the theory of planned behavior.
  2. learn relationships between the perceived peer (teacher) behavior norm and school consultants' engagement in behavioral consultation.
  3. learn systemic barriers to usage of behavioral consultation in the school microsystem.


Behavioral consultation (BC) is an efficient tool for mental health service provision but remains underutilized in schools. This study applied the theory of planned behavior (TPB) and found peer behavioral norms, such as positive outcome expectation and capacity of implementing recommended strategies, perceived by school consultants is significantly correlated with their engagement in BC. Also, one’s supportive attitude toward BC was positively correlated with education level, work experience, and perceived behavioral control for BC implementation.



Chung-Hau Fan, Idaho State University
Yanchen Zhang, Idaho State University
Ya-Ting Juang, University of Taipei
Nai-Jiin Yang, Utah State University


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