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Becoming a Peer Counsellor

Price: £35.00
Age Range: KS3 KS4


A clear and comprehensive programme for those wishing to set up peer counselling in their school. The first section raises awareness of the benefits and can be used in PSHE lessons. Section two comprises a specific training programme for use with small groups of students identified as potential counsellors. Introductory pages give excellent teacher support.

Topics include: What is peer counselling?; Why peer counselling in our school?; Qualities, responsibilities and commitment of a peer counsellor; Confidentiality contract; The role of the peer counsellor; What makes a good listener?; Dealing with a client's problems; Creating a climate of trust.

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Size: 86 Pages
ISBN: 978 1 86025 365 2
Author(s): Margaret Harrison
Code: BAPC
Popularity rank: 413
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Contents List



  • 15 WHAT'S PEER COUNSELLING THEN? Students will understand the concept of peer counselling and be able to work with others in a positive way.
  • 17 WHY PEER COUNSELLING IN OUR SCHOOL? Students will recognise the benefits that peer counselling could provide for the school's population.
  • 19 COULD THIS BE THE JOB FOR ME? Students will understand the level of commitment peer counsellors need to make.
  • 21 WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME? Students will be able to identify the qualities needed by peer counsellors, identify those qualities they already possess and those they may need to develop.
  • 23 YOU ALREADY DO THIS JOB! Students will recognise the peer counselling qualities they already possess and realise that they are appreciated by others.
  • 25 WHAT DO YOU MEAN, WORRIES? Students will recognise how peer counsellors could help with a range of teenage worries.
  • 27 LOOK AT ME WHEN I'M TALKING TO YOU! Students will understand the elements that contribute to good listening skills.
  • 29 DECISION TIME! Students will scrutinise the role of peer counselling in terms of responsibility, commitment and suitability.


  • 35 LET'S GET STARTED Students will meet the group, begin to work together as a team and establish the ground rules for the peer counsellor training sessions.
  • 37 CONFIDENTIALITY CONTRACT Students will understand what a confidentiality contract is and why it is necessary.
  • 39 THE ROLE OF THE PEER COUNSELLOR Students will develop a clear understanding of the role of the peer counsellor.
  • 41 QUALITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Students will understand the qualities needed by a peer counsellor and the responsibility that goes with this role.
  • 43 GIVING AND GETTING THE MESSAGE Students will be able to listen effectively and be aware of non-verbal messages - seeing as well as hearing.
  • 45 WHAT MAKES A GOOD LISTENER? Students will develop and add to their current listening skills.
  • 47 I THINK SHE SAID... Students will be able to recognise the match or mismatch between body and head messages.
  • 49 SOMETHING THAT REALLY BOTHERS ME... Students will consider the range of problems clients may bring to them.
  • 51 ESTABLISHING SOCIAL CONFIDENCE Students will develop a range of skills which enable them to feel confident in settings which involve establishing new relationships.
  • 53 THE RIGHT ATMOSPHERE Students will be able to create a positive, warm climate of trust when welcoming clients.
  • 55 QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS Students will be able to gather information effectively using a range of questioning techniques.
  • 57 REFLECTING BACK FEELINGS Students will be able to empathise with their client and reflect back feelings.
  • 59 REFLECTING AND SUMMARISING Students will be able to reflect back feelings and content during client interviews.
  • 61 MAKING DECISIONS: DO I, DON'T I? Students will understand the steps needed to help a client come to a decision.
  • 63 THE FUTURE: ESTABLISHING GOALS Students will be able to use solution-focused talk to help clients establish achievable goals.
  • 65 I WAS ONLY HELPING... Students will understand the nature of the helping role.
  • 67 SO IT'S A PROBLEM AT SCHOOL THEN... Students will have an understanding of school-related problems likely to be met and be aware of possible sources of help.
  • 69 FAMILIES! WHO CHOOSES THEM? Students will have an understanding of family-related problems likely to be met and be aware of possible sources of help.
  • 71 TOO TRICKY FOR ME! Students will understand the process needed to move a client on to adult help.
  • 73 THE WAY FORWARD Students will be clear about how the peer counselling project will operate in school and the practical issues involved.


  • 78 APPENDIX 1 This Week in School (for use with page 17)
  • 79 APPENDIX 2 Listener Cards (for use with page 27)
  • 80 APPENDIX 3 Counselling - Some Definitions (for use with page 39)
  • 81 APPENDIX 4 Body Language Cards (for use with page 43)
  • 82 APPENDIX 5 Body Language (for use with page 43)
  • 83 APPENDIX 6 Situation and Response Cards (for use with page 47)
  • 84 APPENDIX 7 Feelings Cards (for use with page 59)
  • 85 APPENDIX 8 Scaling Question Scenarios (for use with page 63)
  • 86 APPENDIX 9 Client and Counsellor Roleplays (for use with page 65)
  • 87 APPENDIX 10 How Well Did You Listen? (for use with page 65)
  • 88 APPENDIX 11 How Well Were You Listened To? (for use with page 65)
  • 89 APPENDIX 12 Training Course Evaluation (for use with page 73)
  • 90 APPENDIX 13 Sample Letter to Parents
  • 91 APPENDIX 14 Sample Certificate
  • 92 APPENDIX 15 My Self Assessment



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