ERIC Number: ED302760
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
"Personal Growth: A Continuation High School Drug Defense."
Preshaw, Gene; Steele, Larry
Two drug intervention courses were developed for students at risk, entitled "Personal Growth" and "Advanced Personal Growth." These courses were implemented by continuation high school staffs to raise self-esteem. Both courses emphasize building positive relationships and support systems, sharing feelings, and trusting. These are skills students from dysfunctional families tend to be without. It is recommended that two facilitators share responsibility for the class, a teacher and a counselor, and that these facilitators have additional training. The class begins with simple, low-risk activities designed to begin the bonding and trusting process. As the weeks pass and as students begin to trust and share feelings they reach deeper levels of disclosure. The classes serve as a beginning for students with a history of dysfunction. Some will quit, others will move mountains within the safety of the group but will seem to fall backward after the class is over. A few will use the class as a stepping stone to other support groups and a few will seem worse off because they cannot return to denial and are in great discomfort. However, the seeds have been planted and they will grow. (Information on how to receive the manual, "A Guidebook for Personal Growth" is included.) (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the California Association for Counseling and Development (San Francisco, CA, February 26-28, 1988).