ERIC Number: ED371245
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
How To Establish a Student Peer Counseling Program.
Tips for Principals, Feb 1994
Peer helping is a system of delivering service to young people who do not seek it from traditional sources. The peer helping program teaches young people to help fellow students solve personal problems, to demonstrate positive social skills, and to serve as role models in social situations. Training, which initially uses discussion and group dynamics so that students learn from the method as well as from the content, is open to all willing students and requires 30 to 40 hours during the semester. It entails a sequence of sessions preparing students to help lonely, isolated, alienated, or socially handicapped peers. It also helps make students aware of their own relationships with others. A second training phase is practicum-centered, being structured around specific helping situations such as helping a peer find a guidance counselor or implementing school programs dealing with specific youth concerns. The basic concern of peer helping is to improve social interactions. (MSF)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Interpersonal Competence, Interpersonal Relationship, Peer Counseling, Role Models, Student Adjustment, Student Alienation, Student Development
National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1904 Association Dr., Reston, VA 22091-1537 (single copies $2 each; 2-10 copies, $1.75 each; 11-99 copies, $1.25 each; 100 or more, $1.15 each).
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.
Note: Based on an article by Mary O'Brien-Orman published in "Leadership," (Mar 1993).