ERIC Number: ED329868
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Pre-Referral Consultation: Sucessful Intervention for At-Risk Youth.
Armil, Janet L.
Pre-Referral Consultation (PRC) is a category of student referral separate from the conventional special education referral, through which any person can refer for help--any student who may be in crisis, falling through the cracks, or otherwise at risk. It exemplifies the integration of special education personnel into the general education system. This paper reviews Birmingham Groves High School's PRC program, a component of the school's outreach special education delivery system which the Michigan State Board of Education recognizes as a model program. Aspects of PRC implementation covered are: the importance of administrative support; rationale and legalities; documentation; streamlined referral process; efficient staffings; PRC team members; obtaining parent consent/involvement; interventions and alternatives; mobilization of staff; providing service; evaluation of outcomes; closure of service; and follow-up. Included in this paper are a counselor's referral packet, a pre-referral screening form to be filled out by student's general education teachers, a referral-to-placement flow chart, a description of general education driven student support service, a PRC contract/consent form, and a PRC summary report form. Potential benefits include more appropriate referrals, less time spent in meetings and writing unnecessary evaluations, improved academics, reduced numbers of disciplinary cases, improved staff morale, shared responsibility between special and general education, and the integration of special education expertise into mainstream. (Author/BHK)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists (22nd, San Francisco, CA, April 17-22, 1990).