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ERIC Number: ED321199
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Helping the Helpers: Teacher Support Groups.
Boytim, James A.; Dickel, C. Timothy
As employee assistance programs become commonplace in business and industry, elementary school counselors are encouraged to use some professional time to help teachers and other school personnel through the development of in-school support groups. This document supports the view that school counselors should become involved in developing support groups for teachers and presents several ideas for developing such groups. It begins by briefly reviewing teacher stress and burnout and other sources of work stress as a way of establishing the need for support groups in the school. A section on starting support groups for teachers looks at types of support groups and presents questions a potential leader might consider in developing a support group. Helpful qualities of group members are identified and hints are given on getting started. The remainder of the paper presents a sampler of topics or themes that may stimulate ideas for readers who wish to begin or enlarge a program of teacher support groups for professional and paraprofessional employees in schools. Topics discussed include: (1) newcomers support group; (2) retiring teachers support group; (3) support groups for teachers experiencing loss; and (4) a list of 26 other ideas and themes. (NB)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A