ERIC Number: ED289934
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May-28
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Utilizing Urban Women as Peer Trainers in Behavioral Community Programs.
Thurston, Linda P.
Many more people are in need of rehabilitation, social services, and education than there are professionals available to provide help. This gap in service has led to the exploration and utilization of nonprofessionals to fill these roles. Many of these nonprofessionals are peers of the needy people. This adds the advantage of "peer relationships" as a positive dimension in the interaction of helper and client. Two programs at the Juniper Gardens Children's Project at the University of Kansas--the Juniper Gardens Family Education Program (FEP) and Survival Skills for Urban Women--use this model where women become peer trainers for program participants. Evaluations of these and other peer training programs show the efficacy of using peer trainers as deliverers of behavioral community programs. For maximal utilization of this model the following five strategies are suggested: (1) selecting peer-trainers; (2) establishing competencies; (3) training competencies; (4) measuring outcome/monitoring performance; and (5) maintaining acquired competencies/quality control. Statistical data are presented. (Author/VM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis (8th, Milwaukee, WI, May 28-31, 1982).