ERIC Number: ED425238
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
School-Based Mutual Support Groups (For Parents, Staff, Older Students). A Technical Aid Packet.
Simoni, Jane, Comp.
Mutual support groups in schools can be developed as part of strategies to provide assistance for parents or other family members, students, or school staff. These groups can also be used to provide support for newcomers and others in periods of transition. This technical aid packet describes the process as used with parents, but the procedures suggested can be adapted readily for use with students or staff. A sequential approach is described that involves working with the school to get started, recruiting members, training them to run meetings, and offering off-site consultation as requested. The following sections are included: (1) "School-Based Mutual Support Groups: An Overview"; (2) "School-Based Mutual Support Groups: Getting Started"; (3) "Getting Started"; (4) "Member Recruitment"; (5) "Parent Training" with outlines for six training meetings; (6) "Off-Site Consultation"; and (7) "Concluding Remarks." As additional resources, seven national self-help clearinghouses and two Web sites that are relevant to mutual support groups are listed. As resource data, excerpts are provided from two evaluation articles: "Latina Mothers' Help Seeking at a School-Based Mutual Support Group" by Jane M. Simoni ("Journal of Community Psychology," v21 Jul 7 1993) and "School-Based Mutual Support Groups for Low-Income Parents" by Jane M. Simoni and Howard S. Adelman ("The Urban Review," v25 n4 1993). (Contains 11 exhibits.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Washington, DC. Maternal and Child Health Bureau.; California Univ., Los Angeles.; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for Mental Health Schools.