ERIC Number: ED057379
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr-8
Reference Count: 0
Using Undergraduate Students as Helpers: The Companion Program Revisited.
Melby, David J.
Described is the Companion Program at Southern Illinois University, in which undergraduate volunteers serve as friends to self-identified, socially isolated, alienated or lonely students who have a clear potential which they have been unable to realize. Volunteer functions are enumerated: (1) participation in weekly training sessions where effective interpersonal functioning is developed and enhanced; (2) engaging in testing and observational measures; and (3) maintaining reasonable contact with socially isolated peer friends. The quarter-by-quarter development of the program from its inception to the present is elaborated. The author highlights the problems encountered and the resultant changes in the areas of: (l) recruitment and selection of the companion volunteers; (2) their training and the development of training materials; and (3) the search for needy students who would not generally seek help on their own (TL)
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Authoring Institution: Southern Illinois Univ., Carbondale. Counseling and Testing Center.
Note: Paper presented at American College Personnel Association convention, Atlantic City, N. J., April 4-8, 1971