ERIC Number: ED192181
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Selection and Training of Paraprofessionals for Counseling and Personnel Work in Education.
Zimpfer, David G.
Paraprofessionals have been employed in a variety of functions for many years. Recently in the helping services, career employment of paraprofessionals and the rapid unfreezing of the 1960's bias toward a psychodynamic, one-to-one approach offered only by highly trained professionals have allowed paraprofessional roles to expand beyond data-handling and other entry-level activities. Those employing paraprofessionals must develop a plan of systematic training, supervision, and evaluation. A clear specification of the tasks to be performed and the skills needed to perform these tasks can lead to the development of precise criteria for selection and training. Possible training methods include role playing; supervised practice; content lectures; technical task training; human relations skills training; and sensitivity, encounter, or group counseling. Specific attention to the needs of paraprofessionals and individualized training programs can result in greater satisfaction, a stronger sense of identity with program objectives, and more favorable performance evaluations. (Author/HLM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kent State Univ., OH. Bureau of Educational Research and Services.