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					PEER
COUNSELLING
TRAINING
PROGRAMME


The William Henry Smith
School
PEER COUNSELLING TRAINING
Aims
To provide information about the
 Peer Counselling Training offered by
 WHSS
To develop an understanding of what
 Peer Counselling is and it’s
 advantages for the young people who
 get involved
To provide an overview of the
 training
INTRODUCTIONS

Introduce yourself to the
group and say one thing you
either like or dislike about
your name.
WHAT IS PEER COUNSELLING?
What is Peer Counselling? (Activity)

Write down any ideas you have about what Peer
  Counselling is.
Is there anything you think Peer Counselling
  should not be.
PEER COUNSELLING

Peer Counselling involves a deep
and more personal form of
helping, based on active listening
and accurate empathy, creating a
context in which values and
priorities can be explored and
possible solutions generated.
PEER COUNSELLING
   The idea is that children are trained to help each
    other identify and talk about their problems, and
    provide support.
   Peer counselling is an approach which can help
    schools develop a more effective system of pastoral
    care and personal and social education,
    supplementing and supporting existing provision by:
   Encouraging children and young adults to help each
    other.
   Helping them to have a greater understanding of
    themselves so that they are better able to help others.
   Empowering children and young adults to take on
    more responsibility, and raise their self esteem.
PEER COUNSELLING
   The advantages of peer support in a school
    include:
   Children and young adults often find it easier to
    talk about their problem with other students
    rather than with adults.
   In some respects, young people may have greater
    awareness and understanding of the problems
    and concerns which can affect teenagers.
   Peer counsellors are more readily available and
    have more time to spare than busy adults.
PEER COUNSELLING
The success of a Peer
Counselling/Support Service is
dependent on the close liaison
between peer supporters and key
members of staff associated with the
scheme. Also on the training, regular
supervision and a clear understanding
of what is appropriate to help, and
what problems need to be referred to
an adult.
THE TRAINING PACKAGE
   Train 12 – 15 students - (Year 9 in the summer term - is recommended)

   Sessions to be delivered:
   1 x 3hour sessions
   5 x 2hour sessions
   1 x refresher session (morning only) if required

   Group supervision session

   School staff to be involved in all sessions to demonstrate school commitment
    and sustainability of the project.

   System of monitoring the effectiveness of the peer counselling to be devised

   A marketing visit to also include issues around Child protection

   A details visit - objectives, selection of counsellors, etc etc links to SIP
Peer Counselling Training

Who to Train? Issues or groups to think about.

Disengaged
Non / poor attendees
Gender
Young Carers
Family breakdown
‘Bullies’
EMOs
Geeks
Race / ethnicity
‘Invisible kids’
Trouble makers
Global underachievers
Wall punchers
Low self esteem
etc

Groups to avoid

Negative attention seekers
Broken Friendship groups
Feuding Families
Best friends
Other issues to think about

Long term goal for the school’s involvement in the project.
SIP priorities
Accreditation for Records of Achievement
Agreement about minimum attendance for students being trained
Same member of staff involved throughout the project
Training to be delivered in a suitable environment
Timings for delivery of training- how it fits into the school day etc
Day, dates for training to be delivered
How will students get to the sessions
How the counselling sessions will be organised
  eg: referrals, drop in sessions, etc
Advertising - posters, appointment cards etc
Video Journal - kept by the trainee counsellors throughout which could be used as a
marketing tool at a later date
Badges / identification for counsellors
What to call the counsellors?
Issues around parental consent for counsellors and those being counselled.
Attendance certificate
End of course celebration
Use of counsellors - eg Y6-7 transition, options, marketing the peer counselling training
to others
Budgets
WHAT WE WOULD PROVIDE
   Meetings - initial, details and meet students
   Support for the member of staff involved
   Training materials
   Refresher session if necessary
   Final monitoring
   Delivery of sessions - 1 x 3hr, 5 x 2hr etc
   Assessment of progress during project
   Facilities to run the course
   Willingness to participate in the end of course
    celebrations
   Quality assurance eg CRB checks, qualifications etc
   Minimum staffing for each session (2)
   Point of contact
THE FUTURE – WHAT WE HOPE TO
DEVELOP

   Provision of marketing materials



   Option to be used as an accredited course (we will
    act as verifiers)



   Our work mapped to: ECM outcomes, SEAL
    outcomes
ANY QUESTIONS
PEER COUNSELLING TRAINING
Aims
To provide information about the
 Peer Counselling Training offered by
 WHSS
To develop an understanding of what
 Peer Counselling is and it’s
 advantages for the young people who
 get involved
To provide an overview of the
 training

				
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