ERIC Number: ED347415
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Teaching Helping Skills to Middle School Students: Program Leader's Guide.
Myrick, Robert D.; Sorenson, Don L.
This program leader's guide provides suggestions for organizing, administrating, and evaluating a middle school peer helper program. The first chapter builds a case for peer helpers. The problems of youth, peer influence and personal growth, mobilizing student resources, peer facilitators and helpers, four basic helping roles, and advantages of peer helper programs are discussed. The second chapter focuses on selecting a training approach. The academic elective class, summer course, teacher-advisor group, retreat-workshop, school club, and project-focused team are explored. The third chapter examines the primary elements involved in organizing training programs. Program goals and objectives, the program trainer/coordinator, program support, how many to train, how to select the students, when and where to meet, and how to be helpful are discussed. The fourth chapter organizes the training program into four different phases. Getting organized, facilitative skills, decision making and problem solving, and getting ready to help others are discussed. Ethics and confidentiality, responsible referrals, critical moments in peer helping, pitfalls to avoid, and evaluating the training are also discussed. The fifth chapter focuses on implementing peer helper projects. The sixth chapter discusses teaching others in peer-led learning centers. The seventh chapter addresses preventing alcohol and drug abuse. Gateway drugs and illegal drugs are identified. The eighth chapter discusses networking, and the ninth chapter focuses on program evaluation. (LLL)
Descriptors: Helping Relationship, Leadership Training, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Peer Counseling, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation
Educational Media Corporation, P.O. Box 21311, Minneapolis, MN 55421 ($8.95).
Publication Type: Guides - General
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Note: For students' guide, see CG 024 344.