ERIC Number: ED296262
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jan
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Student-Athletes as Peer Counselors.
Whitner, Phillip A.; Sanz, Donald L.
This document describes an innovative pilot project of peer counselors, implemented within the structure of an educational support service. A peer counseling project created by the Athletes Educational Planning Program of the University of Toledo (Ohio) Counseling Center is presented, in which student-athletes help other student-athletes to adjust and adapt to the rigors of a college environment. The rationale for using student-athletes as peer counselors is discussed, nine disadvantages which have been reported to be associated with the use of peer counselors are listed, and measures taken to control the disadvantages are explained. Recruitment of peer counselors is described and problems faced by the project and the counselors during program implementation are reviewed. The pilot project's outcome, its failure, and reasons for its failure are discussed. Beliefs, perceptions, and fears regarding the peer counselors, and global negative reactions to the peer counselors, are documented. Recommendations for future use of student-athletes as peer counselors in education support services are discussed. (Author/NB)
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 Academic Advisors for Athletes (Nashville, TN, January 6-9, 1988).