PEER HELPING TRAINING COURSE
Joan Sturkie and
Maggie Phillips
Paper, $69.95
126 pages, 8" x 11"
ISBN 0-89390-311-6


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Teenagers often find it easier to talk about their problems and issues with other students. And by helping teens identify and talk about their issues, peer helpers also learn something about themselves. The Peer Helping Training Course helps teens learn how to be there for each other. The practical training course is divided into two sections. Part One (Units 1-9) introduces the skills students need to be good communicators. Part Two (Units 10-23) deals with specific problems such as peer pressure, drugs, death and AIDS. Appendices contain a sample letter to parents of peer helpers, glossary, community resources and an excellent bibliography.

This training course was originally developed by Maggie Phillips for the Pajaro Valley Unified School District in Watsonville, Calif. Joan Sturkie, an active consultant for school peer counseling programs, revised and expanded this edition of the program. This is a complete curriculum and teacher’s guide for a high-school course, which can also be used with some junior high-school students. Four new chapters have been added to this edition.


Table of Contents

Part One: Developing Peer Counseling Skills

Unit 1: Developing Social Ease
Unit 2: An Introduction to Active Listening
Unit 3: Using Active Listening
Unit 4: Sending Effective Messages
Unit 5: Developing Self-Awareness
Unit 6: Helping Skills
Unit 7: Values Clarification
Unit 8: Decision Making
Unit 9: Starting and Ending a Helping Relationship

Part Two: Using Peer Counseling Skills

Unit 10: Helping with School Related Problems
Unit 11: Counseling Students with Attendance Problems
Unit 12: Peer Relationships in School
Unit 13: Dealing with Family Issues
Unit 14: Peer Counselors and Drug Issues
Unit 15: Death, Loss, and Suicide
Unit 16: Sexuality
Unit 17: AIDS
Unit 18: Codependency
Unit 19: Eating Disorders
Unit 20: Living with Cultural Diversity
Unit 21: Dealing with Violence
Unit 22: Coping with Depression and Stress
Unit 23: Belonging and Empowerment