ERIC Number: ED200269
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
People Helping People: A Facilitator's Guide and Training Module for a Peer Helper Training Program.
Rose, Anand Bill
This two-part learning module was designed to assist student personnel administrators in developing and implementing a training program for student peer counselors. Introductory material presents a rationale for such training programs, examining the usefulness of peer counselors in meeting the informational needs of students at minimal cost and stressing that the success of peer counseling depends upon the student counselors' training. Part I of the module than discusses the premise that these training efforts should focus on improving the self-understanding and communications skills of peer helpers. It goes on to detail the steps in designing a peer counselor workshop: identifying sources of trainees; articulating training objectives and the counseling philosophy; sequentially organizing training objectives; securing needed resources; planning activities related to trust building, exploring individual differences, communicating, and solving group and individual problems; and implementing and evaluating the program. Part II then details the objectives and activities of a four-day training workshop for peer counselors. Descriptions and timeframes are provided for: an orientation session; two communication skills labs; sessions covering general college information, developing helping skills, and principles of counseling; registration training; and evaluating the training and the helping experience. (JP)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Part of the Media Systems Corporation "Creative Teaching Series."