ERIC Number: ED047688
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The Los Angeles City College Peer Counseling Program.
Ware, Claude; Gold, Ben K.
The Los Angeles City College Peer Counseling Project report is the second in the Urban Community College Project Series. The project was based on two assumptions: (1) peer counselors from the same ethnic and socio-economic background as the counselee can uniquely contribute to behavioral growth in meeting student needs; and (2) the result of such contributions could reduce the drop-out rate among minority students as well as relieve pressures on the professional counseling staff. The training program was evolved for and by students. Training consisted of 40 hours one week before the beginning of each semester, plus two hours a week in-service training for four semesters. The average caseload was 12-15 counselees per peer counselor. The program, ideally, was staffed by professionals from the psychology department, but had the cooperation and support of the entire institution. Two program objectives were: familiarize the peer counselor with the factual information most needed by students; and enable the counselor to be confident of his ability to function at an affective level. Although there are several areas of difficulty for implementation of a peer counseling program, the evaluation of the Los Angeles project indicates peer counseling on academic and subjective grounds is very effective. It is hoped that the project will stimulate experimentation and replication by other colleges. (CA)
Descriptors: Counseling, Counseling Services, Disadvantaged Youth, Peer Relationship, Student Participation, Student Personnel Services, Student Personnel Workers, Two Year Colleges
Office of Publications, American Association of Junior Colleges, One Dupont Circle, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 ($1.50)
Publication Type: N/A
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Sponsor: American Association of Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.; Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles City Coll., CA.; American Association of Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.