Introduction to Consulting PsychologyORDER
An Introduction to Consulting Psychology: Working with Individuals, Groups, and Organizations by Rodney L. Lowman, PhD, Distinguished Professor, CSPP/Alliant International University. Available now at: www.apa.org and amazon.com.
This book provides a broad introduction to consulting psychology that reviews assessment and intervention at three levels of competency — individual, group, and organizational — including how these levels interact. The various consulting activities surveyed include:
- screening potential job candidates;
- coaching individuals to help them adapt to new roles and manage relationships with colleagues;
- evaluating and improving work group dynamics, such as communication patterns; and
- working with different organizational cultures to enhance system-wide processes and structures.
Leadership is given special focus as a complex topic that spans all three levels and requires the consultant to consider a host of variables. Multiculturalism and internationalism are also examined as competencies that consulting psychologists must possess in our increasingly globalized society.