ERIC Number: ED081435
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Utilization of Paraprofessionals in the Department of Counseling.
Cassell, Carolyn W.; And Others
To explore the possibility of utilizing paraprofessionals in the Department of Counseling at Prince George's Community College, two surveys were conducted. For the first, a questionnaire was mailed to 36 schools nationwide which were believed to be using paraprofessionals in their Student personnel programs. The 22 schools responding (61%) indicated that virtually all use peers and/or paraprofessionals for certain student affairs functions. Nineteen use paraprofessionals to perform the 6 counseling functions performed by professionals at PGCC. Nine of the 15 schools reporting the use of paraprofessionals other than peers preferred their own graduates, and 8 required an A. A. degree. Eleven of the 19 reported a salary range of $5,000 to $7,000, and 8 reported a range of $7,000 to $9,000. A second survey was conducted, of individual counselors, to predict probable utilization of paraprofessionals at PGCC. Results showed that: (1) counselors could increase their professional activities by 45% if paraprofessionals were employed; and (2) 15 counselors are needed to perform the counselors' present duties, while 14 would be needed in the future for strictly professional functions. Recommendations included: (1) maintaining a counselor/student ratio no less than 1:600; (2) employ five paraprofessionals and maintain the current number of professionals; (3) maintain a professional/paraprofessional ratio of 2:1; and (4) upgrade counselor's role to Student Development Specialist. (KM)
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Authoring Institution: Prince George's Community Coll., Largo, MD. Dept. of Counseling.