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ERIC Number: ED015500
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Sep
Pages: 22
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Reference Count: 0
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THE USE OF INDIGENOUS VOLUNTEERS IN A REHABILITATION LIVING UNIT FOR DISTURBED COLLEGE STUDENTS.
NIEDENTHAL, LINDA K.; SINNETT, E. ROBERT
THE USE OF INDIGENOUS VOLUNTEERS IN A REHABILITATION LIVING UNIT FOR DISTURBED COLLEGE STUDENTS IS DESCRIBED. VOLUNTEERS ARE OF BOTH SEXES AND INCLUDE LOWER- AND UPPERCLASSMEN WITH A DIVERSITY OF MAJORS. THEY LIVE IN A COEDUCATIONAL REHABILITATION UNIT WITHIN A RESIDENCE HALL WITH A POPULATION (CLIENTS) REFERRED BY COUNSELORS AND THE PSYCHIATRIC STAFF. TYPICALLY, VOLUNTEERS ARE FACED WITH PROBLEMS SIMILAR TO THOSE FACED BY CLIENTS BUT ARE ABLE TO DEAL MORE SUCCESSFULLY WITH THEM. VOLUNTEERS ALSO APPEAR TO EXPECT TO GAIN AS MUCH AS THEY GIVE TO THE PROGRAM. CLIENTS ARE NOMINATED BY COUNSELORS. MOST ARE FULL-TIME STUDENTS WHO CLINICALLY DO NOT APPEAR TO BE AS MANIFESTLY DISTURBED OR REGRESSED AS INDIVIDUALS ON PSYCHIATRIC WARDS. CLIENTS RECEIVE ALL CONVENTIONAL SERVICES, ARE ENCOURAGED TO HELP ONE ANOTHER, AND ARE ENCOURAGED TO BE HONEST, OPEN, AND CONFRONTING. THERE IS NO CASTE SEPARATION BETWEEN VOLUNTEERS AND CLIENTS AND BOTH RECEIVE THE SAME PROGRAM ORIENTATION. THE GROUP IS SELF GOVERNING WITHIN THE UNIVERSITY FRAMEWORK. THERE IS A WEEKLY TWO HOUR MEETING WITH PROJECT STAFF. INITIAL FINDINGS SHOW PROMISE FOR DECREASING THE DROPOUT RATE OF DISTURBED STUDENTS. CONSENSUS EXISTS AMONG BOTH VOLUNTEERS AND CLIENTS ABOUT THE RELATIVE VALUE OF THE THERAPEUTIC COMMUNITY AS A RESOURCE FOR TREATMENT AND MATURATION. (SK)
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Authoring Institution: Kansas State Univ., Manhattan. Student Counseling Center.
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