ERIC Number: ED301982
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Empowerment Dynamic: Planning and Implementing a Support Group Network.
Stephens, Robin; Haley, Pat
This handbook describes how to plan and implement a support group for disabled youth in transition from school to work. It was developed from the experiences of a 3-year model program entitled Employability Support Network of Disabled Youth (ESN) which used support groups to accomplish its primary goal of creating "employability readiness" for disabled youth ages 16-21. Paired support-group facilitators consisted of a successfully employed disabled individual and a professional service provider. The handbook is divided into three major sections. Section One consists of four chapters which focus on planning issues: "Rationale: Why Set Up a Program?"; "Resources: What Is Necessary to Establish a Support Group?"; "Target Population: Whom Should the Group Serve?"; and "Facilitators: How Recruit, Train, and Supervise." Implementation is the theme of Section Two, which includes the remaining eight chapters: "Collaboration: How To Interact with School Districts and Agencies"; "Recruitment: Where to Find Youth"; "Transporation: How to Make Arrangements"; "Initial Implementation: How to Get the Group Up and Running"; "Interest and Attendance: How Can They Be Maintained?"; "Issues and Headaches: How to Solve Problems"; "Termination: How to End a Support Group"; and "Evaluation: Who Needs To Know How the Group Is Doing?" Sample forms are included. (JW)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Oregon Health Sciences Univ., Portland. Child Development and Rehabilitation Center.