ERIC Number: ED057362
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
Explorations in Experience-Based-Learning: The Purdue Program. The Utilization and Acceptance of Mid-level Mental Health Workers.
True, John E.; Kepes, Sherwin
The first paper discusses the philosophy, values and climate of a program for training non-professional mental health workers who can be considered generalists and thus employable in a wide range of settings within the rapidly changing mental health field. The advantages and disadvantages of training generalists are considered. The program, which incorporates the philosophy and values of the National Training Laboratories, is characterized by what program developers see as elements of an effective learning community: (1) trust; (2) openness; (3) risk-taking; (4) feedback; and (5) an emphasis on self-development and personal choice. Several examples of implementing such an educational climate are offered. The 2nd paper presents the results of interviewing the first 32 graduates of the program. In general, these mid-level mental health workers are well-received, easily employed, satisfied in their work, and effective in a variety of traditional and non-traditional settings. (TL)
Publication Type: N/A
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Authoring Institution: Purdue Univ., Lafayette, IN.
Note: Paper presented to Metting of Community College Mental Health Worker students and faculty at a conference sponsored by the Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, Ga., May, 1970