ERIC Number: ED285071
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
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Project O.P.T.I.O.N.: Motivational Educational Counseling Tool.
Fatum, Wm. Roger
Project OPTION (Offenders Preventing Trouble in Our Neighborhoods) is a peer leadership delinquency prevention program developed at the Jamesburg Training Schools for Boys, a New Jersey Correctional Facility. This program develops incarcerated youths into peer leaders through counseling and educational programs. These peer leaders help public and parochial students understand the ramifications of getting into trouble, not by using a threatening technique, but by using peer counseling techniques which allow the peer leaders to talk rationally, objectively, and intelligently to visiting students about options open to the students. This program allows the incarcerated youth to explore the circumstances that got them into trouble. Self-esteem, peer leadership abilities, and caring are developed. The interface with the community breaks the negative peer communication cycle. Project OPTION is based on interpersonal relationships; getting adolescents to talk with their own peer group; and helping adolescents to make commitments to themselves to improve their self-awareness, upgrade their self-concepts, and set realistic standards for themselves. Nearly half the document is made up of the appendices, which include: (1) screening procedures and data sheet; (2) weekly progress report; (3) parent/teacher and student questionnaires; (4) agenda for a middle school program; (5) a script for a slide presentation; and (6) a description of the cottages and program at Jamesburg. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association for Counseling and Development (New Orleans, LA, April 21-25, 1987). Prepared at Jamesburg Training Schools for Boys (New Jersey).