ERIC Number: ED196841
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Group Process Training at St. Michael's Center. Collaborative Research Study of the Dean's Council.
Kimball, William; And Others
A small residential center for boys with learning disabilities and/or emotional problems was the setting for an intensive six-week inservice program designed to provide the staff with a combination of tutorial and direct training. The training was subsequently integrated into a more formalized, comprehensive, and on-going program through a local university. The focus of the program was on the productive use of the boys' leisure time and on the use of small groups in the solving of problems in peer and adult relationships. The schedule of training included the following activities: staff seminars, youth activity groups, youth discussion groups, center-wide weekly meetings, individual staff consultations, and individual supervision. Progress was evaluated by observation and feedback, and small group discussions between the trainer and the staff. Pretests and posttests of staff perceptions of the group home climate, and of their attitudes toward residential work revealed both positive and negative feelings about the training. A slide tape presentation about the program was prepared and shown to teachers, secondary school students, and college students, and their responses are included. (FG)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Emotional Problems, Exceptional Persons, Group Behavior, Group Experience, Inservice Teacher Education, Interpersonal Competence, Learning Disabilities, On the Job Training, Peer Teaching, Problem Solving, Residential Institutions, Secondary Education, Skill Development, Staff Development
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New England Teacher Corps Network, Portsmouth, NH.