ERIC Number: ED248427
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May-4
Reference Count: 0
A Model for School/Community Interventions with High School Student Paraprofessionals.
McManus, John L.
In reviewing the role of the school psychologist, this paper points out the disparity between actual and proposed roles, and suggests that student paraprofessionals could be trained to narrow the gap. Several examples of the student as helper concept are reviewed, and advantages are discussed. A rationale for incorporating the student paraprofessional into the school psychology role and function is presented. Steps in the successful preliminary planning and implementation of such a program are outlined, based on collaboration with other school personnel. Recruitment of student candidates, training, group dynamics, and evaluation and accountability are discussed, and specific intervention strategies that students can implement are described. The increased effectiveness for a school psychological services delivery system using student paraprofessionals is summarized in seven areas, and the value of extending the program into the community is emphasized. The paper concludes with an outline of the proposed model accompanied by selected references for each section. (JAC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Support Staff; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (56th, Chicago, IL, May 3-5, 1984).