Peer helping has been well-researched as an effective method for helping at-risk students as a Tier 1 support strategy. Researchers discovered that establishing a peer program promotes developmental assets in youth, shows effectiveness in reducing at-risk behavior in youth, leads to reductions in alcohol use and tobacco use more than teacher-led programs, shows a decline in fighting, fosters desirable learning and behavioral change and shows effectiveness in developing a thriving community. Participants will hear from a student in a peer leadership program who will share experiences, involvement and why peer leaders are an asset to the school environment.
After viewing this webinar, you should be able to:
1. Examine how peer programs can be established whether using advisory program, peer program standards and/or a well-researched curriculum.
2. Design a peer-helping program plan that follows the National Association of Peer Program Professionals programmatic standards and ASCA student standards.
3. Discuss the school counselor’s role in implementing a peer-support program designed as a Tier 1 intervention.
4. Learn about sample activities to engage the school community in social/emotional awareness.
Monica Seeley, Graduation Specialist and Peer Leader Coordinator, Heritage High School, Conyers, Ga.
Cynthia Morton, Learning Support Specialist and District Peer Facilitation Director, Rockdale Virtual Campus, Conyers, Ga.
Jan. 17, 2019, 11 a.m. Eastern