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Published on March 24, 2016

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Peer2Peer Program

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Photos are from the first training session with students from PG Middle School.

WCWS childrenProgram overview

Peer2Peer Program: Provides training for a selected group of middle school students; training covers active listening, problem solving, conflict management, etc. This trained population would then offer the general student population assistance with: issues, problems, conflicts, etc. and facilitate students getting to an appropriate adult when necessary.

WCWS children 2Costs: The cost to the school is time and participation of the identified staff; having the selected students make up the work for the day out of class. (One day)

What is needed from the school: Identify school staff member (at least one) who will be involved, Identify participating students, identify parents or 3-4 adult helpers, and assist with arranging transportation to each of the two days of training. Our staff would like to attend a school staff meeting to inform school staff about the program (10-15 minutes); so staff is aware of and support the program. After training, utilize student helpers and let students and teachers at your school know that trained student helpers are available.

Cost to students: Attend two days of training, Saturday and Friday; student must make up work from Friday.

Cost for Parents: attend an orientation about the program if they wish, sign permission if students are to participate in program, and assist with transportation. Parents may choose to participate in training (we request 1-2 adults/parents for every 10 student participants)

What the training covers: Active listening, leadership, conflict management, how to help, appropriate limit setting, communication, values, bullying, identification with others, referral skills.

WCWS children 3What peer program offers: This program offers the selected students additional skills for those already identified as leaders (informal and formal leaders), advancement of “natural helping” abilities, training on knowing/setting limits with others. It may offer help for students selected who are struggling with their own conflicts (bullying, empathy, fitting it, etc.).

For the school/students: This type of program adds a set of trained eyes, and skilled students who can orient new students, identify students “falling through the cracks,” manage minor conflicts, help with playground management, diminish bullying, manage meanness, improve the student experience, meet with/support students identified by school staff, help identify student problems and assist with connecting students to appropriate adults.

More details: We are looking at offering a peer to peer program for a few local middle schools; the program would work with the identified schools and school leader (often the counselor). CHOMP Outpatient Behavioral Health Services staff would offer information at a school staff meeting to engage and inform school staff. An orientation session would be held for parents and students selected to participate as potential peer helpers. Once the students, staff and adult helpers are selected (we have tools to assist with student identification and selection) our staff would offer the training for the selected students, the identified school liaison and the identified adult helpers. The two day training will help teach or improve skills in active listening, problem solving, conflict management, values identification, etc.

The school would select the students (approximately 15-20 students from each 7th and 8th grade) the students if they choose to participate would be offered the two day training (Friday-Saturday) and would have to make up the school work missed. We can assist with how to identify and select students and adult helpers.

The selected students would attend a two day training (Friday/Saturday) to gain skills in talking with other students, help to intervene with students having minor problems, engage in active listening, help manage interpersonal conflicts with their fellow students and act as liaison to get students to an appropriate helping adult(s) on campus. These students, with on going guidance from an appropriate school staff member; would be able to help offer support for students in the general student population.

Once the students are trained then the school staff could choose to meet with students on a regular basis or as needs arise.

We are hoping to secure a space for the training that would accommodate students from 3-4 schools; we would provide the training and snacks, lunch and materials.

Parents (or schools) would need to arrange for transportation and we would look to the schools to assist us with identifying adults from each school (usually parents) to assist with training and be “Peer Parents” who might continue to be involved during the year, at the schools discretion.

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