Selection is based on student application, oral interview, attendance, and academic screening by deans/counselors/staff, and teacher approval. This course is designed to teach students basic helping skills. These skills are used throughout the school year in a peer facilitator program. The program provides conflict management services and one-on-one counseling for students who have attitude, academic, preparedness, and/or attendance issues. Students and parents sign a contract agreeing to meet the expectations of the school site and of the California Association of Peer Programs.
For our one-on-one counseling program, the Peer Resource class works with all freshmen and sophomores who are ineligible or have a "D" or "F" in class. We also work with students who are referred by teachers. This program is intended to help students develop a plan of action to solve problems they are having in classs. Three major areas of concern have been identified: disruptive behaviors, attitude concerns, and preparedness issues.
Peer Resource students pull referred students out of class during 4th period. Counseling sessions usually last 3-10 minutes. Follow up sessions occur twice per week until the problems are solved or the student refuses assistance. All students must sign a consent for peer counseling.
When we first started the program, it was quickly a success. For the 2010-2011 school year, our success rate was 71.53%. While our approach does not work for all students, we expect to positively support many students this year. If you have any concerns, questions, or comments, please let us know!