ERIC Number: ED310301
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Support Groups for Identified "At Risk" Middle School/Junior High School Students.
Haws, Zada; Lovell, Nikki
Support groups for middle school/junior high school students were developed for students identified by school counselors and teachers to be "at risk." To prevent negative labeling, the groups were promoted as groups to help students make good choices. Teachers and counselors were trained in issues and characteristics of children "at risk." The program had four main goals: to prevent substance abuse; to alleviate student truancy; to prevent dropping out; and to refer students with treatment or other needs to appropriate programs. Support groups were designed to teach skills that are not taught in homes with dysfunctional behavior. Support groups were facilitated by prevention personnel from a county agency. Support groups usually met once a week for 60 to 90 minutes. A manual will be available in the 1989-90 school year. The document includes the following: (1) a list of 20 characteristics of "at risk" children; (2) a list of 8 guidelines for support groups; (3) descriptions of 5 roles played in families; (4) a list of 10 good things to know for children of alcoholics; (5) graphs of various family roles; (6) the permission form/letter; and (7) an introduction to the support group manual. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Weber County Dept. of Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Ogden, UT.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the NCEA (St. Louis, MO, April 20-22, 1989). For related document, see CG 021 878.