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Students Helping Students: A Guide for Peer Educators on College Campuses, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-45209-7
368 pages
July 2010, Jossey-Bass
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This practical guide is considered the standard for training the thousands of college students who serve as leaders, tutors, counselors, and advisors for their peers. Beginning with a fundamental discussion of student growth and development and current research on the topic, the authors go on to provide learning objectives and exercises to help prepare peer educators for such tasks as tutoring, student orientation, residence hall advising, crisis intervention, coaching, and more.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables.

Foreword (John N. Gardner).


About the Authors.

1 Peer Educators on the College Campus.

2 Student Maturation and the Impact of Peers.

3 Enhancing Cultural Proficiency.

4 Interpersonal Communication Skills: Creating the Helping Interaction.

5 Problem Solving with Individuals.

6 Understanding Group Process.

7 Leading Groups Effectively.

8 Strategies for Academic Success.

9 Using Campus Resources and Referral Techniques.

10 Ethics and Strategies for Good Practice

11 Examples of Peer Education Programs in Higher Education.




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Author Information

Fred B. Newton is director of counseling services and professor of counseling and educational psychology at Kansas State University. He teaches courses in student personnel/student development, counseling theories and practicum, group theories and practicum, peer counseling, leadership training, stress management, and performance enhancement. 

Steven C. Ender is president of Grand Rapids Community College. During his more than 30 years in higher education, Dr. Ender has held numerous teaching, counseling, and administrative positions and has published extensively in refereed journals as well as textbooks. Dr. Ender serves on the Economic and Workforce Development Commission of the American Association of Community Colleges, the Lifelong Learning Commission of the American Council on Education, and the board of the National Junior College Athletic Association as a presidential representative.

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Students Helping Students is an excellent resource for those seeking an introduction to the world of peer education, and for both novice and experienced advisors. Many of the theories, concepts, tools, and activities presented in this book are not only appropriate for peer educators, but are also appropriate for anyone with positions in higher education.” —NACADA Journal

“This new work remains the definitive standard in the field. It should be on the bookshelf of every student affairs professional and is an important tool for preparing peer educators for providing service.” —Ernest Pascarella, professor and Mary Louise Petersen Chair in Higher Education, University of Iowa

“The second edition of Students Helping Students teems with useful material that can be thoughtfully applied by peer helpers. The what, so what, and now what framework reflectively guides the reader to self-discovery and thoughtful practical applications. Being a peer helper is a high-impact learning experience made intentional through the pages of this fine book.” —Susan R. Komives, professor of college student personnel, University of Maryland and president, Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education

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Related Websites / Extra

Trainer's Guide (PDF): This training guide is designed to assist those who use Students Helping Students as a primary text for training college students to serve as peer educators.
Transition Guide (PDF): This content overview will help you transition your course to the current edition.
www.collegestudentshelping.org: Visit the authors' website to learn more about their ongoing work.
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