Peer Bulletin No. 75 (December 1, 2000)
THIS MONTH'S TOPICS:
COACHING CONFERENCE REPORT AVAILABLE
Rey Carr has prepared a report which details the key points delivered by featured keynote speakers Julio Olalla, David Whyte, Richard Brodie, Rich Fettke, and Oriah Mountain Dreamer. Links are provided to books written by or references made by the various keynoters. He also summarizes the various issues and trends which emerged during the conference and describes the conference experience for persons who were unable to attend.
The report even has a section at the end where people can leave a reaction or opinion regarding the report or provide their own conference perspective. Judging by the number and quality of reactions so far, the report has added value for people who attended the conference and has provided an inexpensive way of being at the conference for those who could not attend.
Peer Network members can view the report at <www.peer.ca/coaching.html>.
MENTORS MAKE AWARD LIST
USE A FOCUS GROUP TO EVALUATE PEER ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
The article, "A Recent Look at Peer Helper Training," published in Vol. 17, No. 3 issue of the Peer Facilitator Quarterly describes how this focus group approach to evaluation was applied to both high school peer helpers and their adult sponsors. The authors asked each group to respond to the following five questions (slightly altering the wording of the questions to make them appropriate for each group): (1) describe what an observer would see if the observer were to be present during your interaction with the person you were helping; (2) describe the steps in problem-solving that you engage in with the person you are helping; (3) what kind of referrals have you made; (4) in what kind of situations have you had to set limits: and (5) in what ways has being a peer helper influenced you personally.
The adult sponsors were asked the same questions, but the wording was changed to focus on the peer helpers. For example, the first question above would be altered to read: describe what you would see if you observed a peer helper interacting with the person he or she was helping. Each of the questions yields valuable information to prepare an evaluation and, as an added bonus for practitioners, provides feedback as to what might need additional training and clarification. Although the article focused on a student-led peer program, the focus group model and the type of questions asked can be applied to virtually all peer programs.
COACHING YOURSELF TO A CAREER HIGH
These two specialists are offering a Career Planning Workshop in Toronto (Canada) February 8, 2001. This workshop will focus on (1) key work trends that will affect your career and personal future; (2) how to operate in an intergenerational world; (3) the skills and competencies for future employability and success; (4) your unique profile, including your core strengths, competencies and preferences; (5) the environment you are most successful and effective in; (6) squished, squashed, sliced and diced, balancing work and personal life; (7) your key values, giving meaning to your life; (8) the new worker, including six motivational profiles; (9) new rules for career success; and (10) your personal development plan.
The cost for the workshop is $495 plus GST and includes your personal copy of the Career Planning Workbook and a light lunch. It will take place at the Hilton Toronto (416) 869-3456; 145 Richmond Street West (at University). Coffee will be served at 8:30 and the session will start at 9:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. To register or obtain more information, contact Joan Hill, Tel: (905) 271-2914; Fax: (905) 271-0474.For more information about career planning, visit <www.bbmcareerdev.com>.
NEW COACHING BOOK AVAILABLE FROM PEER RESOURCES
The new book can serve as both a reference text for experienced coaches and a "how-to" book for coaches seeking instruction. Topics include business coaching, executive coaching, the manager as coach, coaching skills and issues. All of these chapters include relevant examples, practical guides, and well-organized writing.
The authors underscore the importance of coaching as a learning opportunity and show how to establish a learning culture, help businesses identify their learning strengths and weaknesses, recognize learning styles of both individuals and groups, and provide tips on how coaches can build on learning styles to help clients deal with obstacles, resistance, and other barriers.
The book also includes a section on how coaching can be applied to the specific areas of call centres, sales, and career coaching. These unique applications reflect the authors' widespread experience, and at the same time highlight the ways in which coaching can be used to deal with modern technology as well as its potential outcomes such as job loss or change.
Because the book has limited availability in North America (since it was published initially in Australia) Peer Resources has made special arrangements with the publisher, McGraw-Hill Ryerson, to provide the book to PRN members at a discount. If you are interested in ordering a copy of this book which retails for $45.95, visit Peer Resources' Top Books in Coaching <www.peer.ca/coaching.html> or go directly to the ordering page at <www.peer.ca/coachpubs.html>. PRN members receive a $10.00 discount from the distribution price.
First, research from around North America confirms that early and prolonged tobacco use by pre-teens significantly increases the likelihood that teens will increase their use of and become addicted to other more harmful substances, including cocaine, heroin and other illegal drugs.
This research has been demonstrated so consistently that tobacco has been described as the "gateway" drug which invariably leads to the use of other drugs.
Second, research has led some of the most respected scientists around the world to conclude that the longer a young person can delay involvement with tobacco, the less likely they will become addicted to or engage in prolonged use of tobacco.
The powerful implication of the delay findings research is that intervention strategies must be directed towards young people early enough in their lives to prevent their attraction to tobacco. In this way their involvement with tobacco will be delayed, reduced or eliminated and consequently the "gateway" characteristic of tobacco will be counteracted.
Third, research studies of both a quantitative and qualitative nature have continually shown that pre-teens and teens are significantly influenced by their peers. Studies that I have personally conducted and studies by others that I have thoroughly reviewed have shown that peers can be used to be a source of positive, helpful, and beneficial decisions, behaviours, and actions. These studies contradict the common assumption that peers are only a source of negative influence or harmful peer pressure.
The implications from this peer influence research is that peers can be used to increase the resilience and strength of young people to learn a variety of skills and behaviours that contribute to their health and wellness. Typically these type of programs are called peer counselling, peer helping or peer education programs.
Finally, recent research conducted in New Brunswick has shown that when a peer helping program has been established in a school and then an additional peer program is added that focuses exclusively on peer-led tobacco reduction strategies, there is a much greater likelihood that students will delay their involvement with or attraction to tobacco.
In other words in those communities where peer programs have been established first and students are additionally trained to provide specific assistance with tobacco related issues to other students, those communities will not only find fewer of their young people smoking, they will also find fewer of their young people involved with other illegal and deadly drugs.
This Holiday Season is a good time to consider how and what we can do to pass on our wisdom and spirit. My hope is that all of us can reach out to at least one other person we do not know and offer the warmth of peer assistance, the support of mentorship, and the soul of coaching. All the best for the Holidays.
PEER RESOURCES WORKSHOP SCHEDULE for 2000/2001
To register online or to obtain details about any workshop, visit the Peer Resources website at <www.peer.ca/trng.html>.
FIRST NATIONS PEER LEADERS WORKSHOP
PEER ASSISTANCE IN BUSINESS SETTINGS
MENTOR PROGRAMS FOR SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES
COMPREHENSIVE PEER PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
ADVANCED TRAINING FOR PEER TRAINERS
THE CORPORATE MENTOR
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