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ERIC Number: ED127513
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 10
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The Community Based Block: An Alternative Approach in Counselor Education.
Malcolm, David D.; And Others
This article describes the community-based block program in the Department of Counselor Education at San Diego State University. This program allows counselor trainees to work with disadvantaged youth in schools and other community agencies. The emphasis of this program is on the development of skills counselors can use with minority students while concurrently fulfilling certification requirements. Students and faculty are selected according to interest and cultural background for the two-semester project. Students spend 12-16 hours per week as comnunity interns and six to eight additional hours in practicum supervision and critique. The program attempts to provide experiences in: (1) building a learning community, (2) responding to real life needs, (3) understanding the pluralism of society, (4) using a diversity of learning methods, and (5) giving continuous feedback as to the success of the project. There is little systematic evaluation of the program, but its strengths are identified as the emphasis on cultural pluralism, the curricular flexibility, the emphasis on the practical and the experiential, and the opportunities for students to assume responsibility for their own training. (HLM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the California Personnel and Guidance Association (San Diego, California, February, 1976)