ERIC Number: ED232089
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct-14
Reference Count: 0
Structured Enrichment: Training and Implementation with Paraprofessionals.
Kochalka, James; And Others
This paper describes a pilot project designed to provide a training and implementation program for volunteer, paraprofessional facilitators of a marriage and family intervention method known as Structured Enrichment. The intervention, which was designed to teach couples and families to negotiate specific problem issues in their relationships, is described. The rationale for the training project, which involved the collaborative efforts of a graduate family psychology program and a private community counseling center, is discussed. The format (six consecutive weekly sessions of 1 hour and 30 minutes each) and consecutive weekly sessions of 1 hour and 30 minutes each) and contents of the training program are outlined, including the setting, the personnel, and the training procedures for volunteer leaders. The selection of enrichers (facilitators) is discussed, and a description of the three couples and one family who participated as program clients is provided. Supervision of the paraprofessionals is described in a two-tier format: trainer/volunteer meetings ("enrichers" met with trainers and trainers then met with the project supervisor), and comparison of clients' pre-test/post-test scores. Clients' and therapists' reactions to the program are described, and suggestions for improving future programs are noted. (JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: An earlier version of this paper was presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (Washington, DC, October 13-16, 1982).