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ERIC Number: ED145908
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 9
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Reference Count: 0
Paraprofessionals as Counselors.
Young, Jerry W.
An experiment using paraprofessionals as counselors began in summer 1972 at Allegany Community College with the hiring of three recent graduates whose primary responsibility was to enhance communication on campus among students and between students and staff. Guided by a weekly three-hour clinic session with the Dean of Student Services and by special training events, the paraprofessionals evolved their own areas of activity, becoming catalysts and referral agents to the student services staff. The program success insured its continuation and expansion through 1974-75, by which time all had become regularly employed in service areas. The experiment resulted in the following recommendations regarding the inclusion of paraprofessionals in student services: (1) the selection of open, accepting, assured persons is critical; (2) they must have the total commitment of at least one professional with some power on campus; (3) clinic sessions conducted by a support staff member seem to be most effective for training and personal growth; and (4) the role must be defined by institutional policy, preferably joined to an articulated career ladder. (RT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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