ERIC Number: ED327266
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Modeling the Model: Training Volunteers To Lead Parent Groups.
This paper describes a model program for training volunteers to lead parent education groups. Over a 3-year period, the program trained 30 volunteer parent group leaders who were members of the Junior League of Boston. Discussion provides background information on the program and detailed information on ways to build parent education leadership skills with volunteers. Introductory subsections describe participant selection, curriculum, and program outcomes. The discussion that follows concerns: the ability to be empathetic, the practice of eliciting issues rather than giving solutions, teaching content, specific teaching skills involved in planning a parent group session, the development of structured exercises, and the handling of difficult moments. Subsequent discussion describes a developmental approach to modeling the model. It is concluded that there is an enormous pool of potential volunteers who can be trained to lead parent groups; that volunteers come from many different racial, ethnic, social, and cultural backgrounds and age levels; and that trainees can develop extensively in a relatively short period of time. It is believed that the model has been extraordinarily effective in training volunteers to be parent group leaders. (RH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Junior League; Massachusetts (Boston)
Note: Paper presented at the Family Resource Coalition Conference (Chicago, IL, October 6-9, 1988).