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ERIC Number: ED105316
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Pages: 59
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Training Paraprofessional Counselors to Treat Behavioral and Academic Deficits in Elementary Classrooms. Training Paraprofessionals Using Video-Taped Behavioral Assessment.
Aitchison, Robert A.; And Others
Current and projected manpower shortages within the field of mental health suggest a greater role for paraprofessionals. But, without careful evaluation and precise training, added manpower will not solve any of the problems facing psychology in overcoming the limits to the delivery of services. These two papers review several attempts to evaluate the effects of an existing paraprofessional training package on several specific behaviors of the volunteers. The initial training procedure was used with 12 college students who volunteered to work with elementary school students having behavior or academic problems. A pre-test, post-test research design was used, with counselor training taking place in five weekly one-hour meetings during which reading assignments were discussed, and triadic role playing (counselor, teacher and observer) employed with the observer giving feedback to the others following five minutes of role playing. Data from the study showed that college students could be trained to emit specific counseling behaviors. Several other case studies of training paraprofessionals are also presented. Training materials are appended. (PC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Western Psychological Association (54th, San Francisco, California, April 25-28, 1974); Figures may reproduce poorly