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ERIC Number: ED080910
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Jul
Pages: 188
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The Development and Analysis of a Peer Counseling Program at Patrick Henry High School.
Dunlap, Virginia E.
A peer counseling program was instituted in a California high school to: (1) expand the guidance services of the school by utilizing trained students; (2) make school more meaningful for the peer counselors through personal growth and involvement; and (3) determine the feasibility of implementing peer counseling projects in other high schools in the district. Five professional counselors and speakers in related fields assisted in the teaching and training of a peer counseling class of 48 students. The course was offered first semester, followed in the second semester by the Field Training Phase of the program. Evaluation methods included: (1) subjective measurement; (2) consultation; (3) feedback; (4) participant-observation; (5) written instruments; and (6) staff observations. Data indicated that more students were reached and helped with peer counselors; and more assistance was provided than would otherwise have been possible. The majority of the peer counselors found that school became more meaningful and that they experienced personal growth in attitudes toward themselves and others. The peer counseling approach allows counselors to become guidance leaders for staff and students, and allows students to become co-partners in their own development. The program may serve as a model for other high schools. (Author/NMF)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Walden University