ERIC Number: ED245472
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
New Vistas in Training for the Human Services. Observations on the Paraprofessional Training Program of United Cerebral Palsy of Maryland, Inc., Montgomery College, and Charles County Community College, 1981-1984.
United Cerebral Palsy of Maryland, Montgomery College, and Charles County Community College provided a federally funded paraprofessional training project on working effectively with handicapped children. The cooperative training program consisted of academic coursework (including two required courses: "Handicapped Citizens: Human Services and Human Relations" and "Families in Crisis") and field experience (a "practicum" involving at least 340 hours of working directly with the handicapped). Instructors, most of whom were involved with community level work, drew from recent and relevant experience with the subject matter in their classroom presentations. Recommendations for the future included a statewide administrative upgrading of the entire field (to attract more men and to confer more status on the field of paraprofessional work with the disabled). Noted among additional observations was that the training program did not generally attract capable students perhaps because of low field status, poor pay, or unpredictable employment. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Paraprofessional Training
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (62nd, Washington, DC, April 23-27, 1984).