ERIC Number: ED111963
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-May
Reference Count: N/A
Counseling Skills for Community Helpers.
Ryan, Charles W.; Cook, Keith E.
The project was designed to provide counseling services for children in poverty areas by preparing community educators to function as counselors. Participants were counselors, teachers, administrators, and employees of helping agencies (Boy Scouts, YMCA, YWCA, etc.) from two school administrative districts evidencing poverty-related problems. The methods and materials employed combined those of the Carkhuff approach and those developed by the University of Maine. Specific participant goals were: (1) improvement of communication skills, (2) acquisition of basic theoretical knowledge of counseling, and (3) attainment of pragmatic skills necessary for counseling youth. Four performance objectives giving direction to program activities are described in detail. The program consisted of 15 weekly sessions, each centering on a basic topic (listed in the report) emphasizing interaction between participants and staff. Participants showed gains in making helping responses and using counseling skills as measured by a pre-post test, Sanford's anecdotal Counseling Questionnaire. Responses to an open-ended questionnaire administered at the end of the project are tabulated item by item with appropriate discussion, indicating that participants felt the project was generally successful. Implications for counseling in rural areas are considered briefly along with eight specific recommendations for future programs. (MS)
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Community Organizations, Counseling, Counseling Services, Counselor Training, Disadvantaged Youth, Economically Disadvantaged, Participant Satisfaction, Pilot Projects, Poverty Areas, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Rural Areas, Tables (Data), Training Objectives
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Maine Univ., Orono. Div. of Counselor Education.
Identifiers - Location: Maine