ERIC Number: ED258101
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Feb
Reference Count: 0
An Interdisciplinary Supervised Student Program Focused on Depression and Suicide Awareness.
Friedrich, Margret C.; And Others
This paper describes the development of one high school peer counseling program created in response to a number of adolescent suicides and attempted suicides. The formation and activities of the interdisciplinary team (school social worker, school psychologist, school guidance counselor, health education teacher, and students) to develop and coordinate the program are discussed. The selection of students to be peer counselors is described and essential elements of the program are summarized, including the seven basic program goals. Evaluation procedures and results are briefly noted. Peer counseling materials and services provided by the program are listed and training emphases are described, including counseling techniques, communication skills, and specific techniques for recognizing signs of suicidal intent. A case vignette is included to illustrate the dynamics of the program. The appendix contains descriptions of myths about alcohol abuse, the myths and facts surrounding suicide, and peer counselor forms, questionnaires, and guidelines from the program. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Social Workers (New Orleans, LA, January 31-February 3, 1985).