ERIC Number: ED109560
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar-25
Reference Count: 0
Training Volunteer Court Counselors.
Kelly, Eugene W., Jr.
Training for the first three groups of volunteer court counselors of the Portsmouth (Va.) Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court during 1973 was accomplished in a series of four short meetings conducted by various professionals. In December 1973, the author received a Title I grant to conduct an intensive training workshop for volunteer counselors during the summer of 1974. The training program, consisting of eight three-hour meetings, used an experiential-didactic model in which participants worked in skill-building sessions focusing on listening-attending behaviors, empathic responding behaviors, questioning or probing behaviors, and initiative and problem-solving behaviors. In addition, participants were encouraged to practice their skills between sessions and to keep a diary of their experiences. These diaries served as a basis for discussions and for increasing participant self-awareness. Pre- and post-measures of communication skills showed significant participant improvement. A post-workshop subjective evaluation by participants was highly positive. (Author/PC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Personnel and Guidance Association (31st, New York, New York, March 23-26, 1975)