ERIC Number: ED264463
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Feb
Reference Count: 0
A Peer Counseling Training Module for Campus Outreach and Support Services.
Buck, Carolyn B.; Pineda, Cecilia
Peer counselors can be a highly effective means of counseling in academic institutions. Peer counselors are used at the University of California, San Diego in the Academic Success Program. The targeted students to be helped are from economically or socially disadvantaged backgrounds and/or minority groups. This program was designed to ensure high-risk students success and retention rates. Trained student paraprofessionals (peer counselors) facilitate other students' success. Training is provided to potential peer counselors in a course entitled "The Psychology of Teaching". The class includes skills development, formation of counseling skills, conflict management, establishing relationships, and sensitivity to issues of ethnic students. A practicum component involves role playing and skill practice. Selection of counselors is based on maturity, communication skills, and understanding of the program's goals and commitment. Once selected, counselors receive further training in intervention skills, cardiopulmonary resusitation, team building, campus services, and program goals. Peer counselors help students with academic choices, financial aid, work-study opportunities, and housing clients. Academic progress is monitored and academic support is arranged when needed. Difficult problems are referred to the coordinator. Client students appreciate the help and peer counselors experience personal growth. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the California Association for Counseling and Development (San Diego, CA, February 15-17, 1985).