Originally published in 1996, this book is about the role of peer-helping in alleviating interpersonal difficulties among young people in school settings. It is based on real-life experience on the part of the two editors and their contributors in training and developing peer-counselling services in local schools, in order to strengthen policies on bullying, equal opportunities and related personal issues. Young people’s experience of being actively engaged in helping their peers has a positive effect on self-esteem and heightens a sense of responsibility and citizenship in the young people involved. The book seeks to help teachers, educational psychologists, social workers and others working with young people to appreciate the value of peer counselling and to introduce it into their practice.
Acknowledgements. Preface. Part 1: Understanding and Preparing for Peer Support 1. Overview 2. What is Peer Counselling? 3. The Context of Peer Counselling 4. Setting up a Training Programme Part 2: Peer Counselling and Support in Action 5. Children of the Storm: Peer Partnership Athy Demetriades 6. Creating a Circle of Friends: A Case Study Gill Taylor 7. Three Years in the Life of a Peer Counselling Service Anne Sellors 8. Combatting Bullying in School: The Role of Peer Helpers Netta Cartwright 9. Peers Facing the Problem of Bullying in School Derek Gillard 10. The Anti-Bullying Campaign (ABC) at Aclund Burghley Hilary Paterson, Maggie Bentley, Franny Singer and Philip O’Hear Part 3: Peer Counselling and Support: Evaluating its Impact 11. Evaluating Peer Counselling in Your Own Setting 12. How Do We Know It Works? References. Index.