the Office of
School Board of
Broward County, FL
Purpose Of The Program
The purpose of the peer counseling
program is to promote the health, well-being and safety of young people through
peer education and referral. This program trains a select cross-section of
students to act as helpers and active listeners for their fellow students.
The core of the peer counseling program is a strong academic middle and high school curriculum which addresses skill building in communication, problem solving and decision making. It also addresses a multitude of social, individual, school and family concerns. Through careful selection and training, peer counselors increase the likelihood that appropriate help can be received by requesting persons. The focus of the curriculum is preventative. A variety of intervention strategies are employed, however, to educate and motivate students or to involve trained professionals, when needed. The results can be a more positive and safer school climate, healthier students and staff with lower stress levels, and a better utilization of school and community resources.
Peer Counseling Program Operation
Through classroom instruction, role-playing and skill building activities, peer counselors are trained to help their fellow students. Requests for program services from administrators, teachers, students, school resource officers, counselors, parents and others are made to the program coordinator who assigns skilled and knowledgeable peer counselors to offer their assistance. In addition to working with students individually and in groups, the peer counselors provide a variety of other services. They act as conflict mediators and peer tutors, assist special groups or classes within the school and the zone, provide classroom presentations, welcome new students and promote special projects.
The peer counseling curriculum is designed as a two semester middle school and six semester high school course with prerequisite screening and testing required at every level. This course is an elective class that provides a full range of services to students, the school and the zone through structured in-school and outreach activities. A peer counseling program is in every middle and high school in the Broward County Public Schools.
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|A Guide For
The New Program Coordinator
-Peer Counseling Program Structure, Guidelines
-Coordinating The Delivery of Services
-Professionalism In Prevention
The Elementary Peer Helper Program equips young students with skills and information necessary to help themselves and others. This program is designed in a manner which enables the elementary guidance counselor to adapt it to his/her own program.
The Elementary Peer Helper Program
Organizing, Establishing and Implementing a Program
Training Peer Helpers
For further information on Peer Counseling, contact Stephani Weaver, Prevention Specialist, at (754) 321-2566.
Office of Prevention Programs
Student Support Services
The School Board of Broward County
K.C. Wright Building, 7th Floor
600 S.E. Third Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(754) 321-2568 phone; (754) 321-2724 fax