I am so excited to announce that my colleague and I will be hosting our first ASCA webinar in January! In this post, I would like to share the contents of our webinar and ask that you consider attending if you are interested in starting a peer program. This webinar is based on our presentation at the American School Counselor Association Conference in Los Angeles.
Check out our ASCA presentation here.
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.
After viewing this webinar, you should be able to:
- Examine how peer programs can be established whether using advisory program, peer program standards and/or a well-researched curriculum.
- Design a peer-helping program plan that follows the National Association of Peer Program Professionals programmatic standards and ASCA student standards.
- Discuss the school counselor’s role in implementing a peer-support program designed as a Tier 1 intervention.
- Learn about sample activities to engage the school community in social/emotional awareness. 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.
- 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.
- Login to your ASCA account and click on “My ASCA” in the top right corner.
- From your dashboard, click on “Register for Upcoming Events.”
- Find the webinar and click “Register to Attend” and complete the registration process.