ERIC Number: ED040409
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar-16
Reference Count: 0
Preliminary Experiences with the Companion Program -- The Student Helper. Development of the Companion Program.
Schneider, Lawrence J.; Boylin, E. Robert
The development, enactment, evaluation and implications of the Companion Program at Southern Illinois University is discussed. The limited effectiveness of the campus counseling service due to spatio-temporal boundaries and, consequently, the growing need for the use of supervised non-professionals to extend effectiveness gave rise to the development of this program. Companions (volunteer helpers) were recruited from a Psychology of Personality course. The two major commitments for participation in the group were: (1) to attend and participate in weekly training meetings; and (2) to maintain reasonable contact with the assigned friend. Testing of companions included: (1) the California Psychological Inventory; (2) Edwards' Personnel Schedule; and (3) the Mooney Problem Checklist. A descriptive picture of the companions was utilized to see what kind of student would volunteer and to match companions and friends (those receiving help). "The Good Friend Test", an outgrowth of this program, and a short information form were the only responsibilities of the friends. Evaluation and further implications for growth and research conclude the discussion. (TL)
Descriptors: College Students, Counseling Services, Counselor Characteristics, Counselor Performance, Peer Relationship, Social Development, Social Integration, Social Relations, Student Personnel Services, Student Personnel Workers, Therapeutic Environment
Richard Raynard, Director, Companion Program, Counseling and Testing Center, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois 62401 (No price is quoted)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Illinois Univ., Carbondale. Counseling and Testing Center.; American Coll. Personnel Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Papers presented at the annual meeting of American College Personnel Association, St. Louis, Missouri, March 16-18, 1970