In this schoolwide program, older students undergo intensive bully-prevention training to enable them to become peer leaders of lively and informative small-group sessions for younger students.
Through group participation, younger students learn important relationship skills and have the opportunity to share their concerns about communication, relational aggression, dating issues, cyberbullying, acceptance, and other challenges. Both older and younger students benefit by building cross-age connections, breaking up cliques, and fostering tolerance of individual differences.
- Part 1: Program Content and Implementation provides a thorough overview and discussion of program principles, offers guidance for organizing and getting started, and discusses program evaluation.
- Part 2: Peer Leader Selection and Training includes suggestions for peer leader selection and details procedures for 12 training modules, plus team-building activities to help prospective peer leaders develop group cohesion.
- Part 3: Facilitator’s Overview of the Peer Leader Guide provides background, commentary, and suggestions for helping peer leaders be good role models and conduct the group activities described in the Peer Leader Guide.
While all reproducibles are available as a download for this title, some books will also contain a CD. The CD provides a complete copy of the Peer Leader Guide, plus additional forms, handouts, and all other materials required to run the program.
“Empowering Teen Peers to Prevent Bullying is a great resource for anyone who wishes to begin a bullying prevention program for high school students. The Peer Leader Guide, sold separately, is equally useful… This program combines four strategies that are geared specifically to teens: connecting with older peer mentors, working in groups, increasing connectedness, and teaching social and emotional skills… This book is recommended for any social worker who wants to enhance student connectedness, social/emotional skills, and/or leadership skills.”
—Stacey Grenz, MSSW, LICSW, School Social Work Journal
Part 1: Program Content and Implementation
- Chapter 1: Overview and Discussion of Program Principles
- Chapter 2: Organizing the Program and Getting Started
- Chapter 3: Evaluating the Program
Part 2: Peer Leader Selection and Training
- Peer Leader Characteristics
- Peer Leader Selection
- Peer Leader Training Format
- Peer Leader Training Curriculum and Agenda
- Peer Leader Training Modules
- Introduction and Foundational Knowledge
- Module 1: Forming Teams
- Module 2: Overview of Program Concepts and Process
- Module 3: Characteristics of a Peer Leader
- Module 4: Peer Leader Code of Ethics
- Module 5: Exceptions to Confidentiality—When to Refer
- Module 6: Group Inclusion/Exclusion—Lifeboat Activity
- Peer Leadership Skills
- Module 7: Basics of Communication
- Module 8: Open-Ended Versus Closed Questions
- Module 9: Micro-Skills
- Module 10: Group Development Theory
- Module 11: Group Facilitation Techniques
- Module 12: Group Facilitation Practice
- Team-Building Activities
- Team Challenge 1: Inner Tube
- Team Challenge 2: Target Frisbee
- Team Challenge 3: Twittering Machine
- Team Challenge 4: Pop Quiz
Part 3: Facilitator Overview of the Peer Leader Guide
The Peer Leader Guide is available as a separate manual from Research Press.
The CD at the back of this book provides a reproducible version of the guide and
includes additional forms, handouts, and other materials required to run the
- Session 1: Getting Started
- Session 2: Building Connections and Community
- Session 3: Trust
- Session 4: Empathy
- Session 5: Listening and Communication Skills
- Session 6: Internal Influences on Choices
- Session 7: External Influences on Choices
- Session 8: Conflict Resolution
- Session 9: Healthy Relationships
- Session 10: Relational Aggression
- Session 11: Verbal Aggression
- Session 12: Physical Aggression
- Session 13: Cyberbullying
- Session 14: Cliques
- Session 15: Dating and Relationship Issues
- Session 16: Intolerance and Harassment
- Session 17: Wrapping Up
- Session 18: Saying Goodbye
The following video provides insights into training sessions for high school students enrolled in a teen mentoring program.
Reproducible forms and handouts for this title are available on our downloads page.