The Participant/Problem Oriented Case Conference: An Alternative to the Traditional Model,
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This paper has presented some of the problems associated with the traditional psychiatric case conference and has proposed an alternative--the ParticipantProblems Oriented Case Conference. Suggestions have been made regarding the implementation of the alternative method. I believe that most of the problems of the traditional conference can be minimized by the PPOCC method. This systems approach is not intended as a panacea for the very human and often irrational and ineffective behavioral transactions of mental health professionals in the case conference. Rather, it is presented with the expectation that when mental health professionals are aware of what they do and how they do it, and work together in a cooperative manner, there is a higher probability of coping with their humanness and moving toward a more deliberate and effective problem solving outcome in the management of cases.