ERIC Number: ED149217
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Para- and Pre-Professionals in Student Development Services: Part Three. Training Paraprofessionals in Human Services at the AAS Degree Level.
Wolf, John C.
This presentation describes a program being developed at South Plains College (SPC) of Lubbock to train paraprofessional helpers at the two-year degree level. As an interface between the training of helpers at the four-year and graduate degree levels of preparation and the non-degree or extra-degree level of preparation in the helping professions, this program is structured upon the model for training described in the 1973 ACES monograph, Preparation of Guidance Associates and Professional Counselors Within the Framework of a Competency-Based Program. The methods of instruction are discussed, including the use of Teaching Learning Units (TLU's) defining specific behaviorally-expressed goals for preparation and appropriate measures of instructional outcome. Articulation from lower levels of preparation to the two-year degree program as well as from the two-year degree program to more advanced levels of preparation is also discussed. A review of the current status of paraprofessional usage and helping profession manpower needs is included, with the issue of placement of paraprofessional helpers in general and SPC program graduates specifically addressed. Finally, options for program evaluation, present and future, are outlined, with a systems evaluation approach under serious consideration for later adoption. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Personnel and Guidance Association (Chicago, Illinois, April 11-14, 1976)