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What's Hot - Top Peer Publications Not Published by Peer Resources

In this section we have provided a list of the best books and videos on peer work that are not published or distributed by Peer Resources. (For works available from Peer Resources, visit the Peer Resources Bookstore.)

If a review is available online, we have provided a link through the book title; if the author is available by e-mail, we have provided a link to the author; and if the book can be ordered directly from the publisher or online we have provided a direct link to the source.

Peer Resources Network members can receive a complimentary copy of recently published works in exchange for completing a professional review.

Some of the books in this listing may only be available as "used" or have publication dates that make them seem "ancient." Their publishers often underestimated their print run, but the books listed here are the best resources on peer work and have become classics.

We have grouped the publications and videos by the following categories:


Generic Focus on Peer-Led Programs Written by Experienced Trainers or Practitioners

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Peer Programs: An In-Depth Look at Peer Programs: Planning, Implementation, and Administration (Second Edition)
(New York: Routledge 2009)
by Judith Tindall and David Black
Focus: Peer Programs at All Levels and Various Settings
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
This is a book that is much bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. Readers will be left wondering how the authors fit so much into such a small package!

This 332-page book is a powerhouse of information and useful tools. The book consists of 12 well-organized chapters, two good appendices, and both a subject and author index. And, there is even a practical CD on the back flap that has just over 45 (12 Word and 30+ PDF) tools you can use with your laptop, LCD projector or your printer. The authors provide a logical progression for all phases of planning, implementing and administering peer programs. They also share great illustrations and sample tools.

This book provides information for a wide range of topics and really is a great reference guide. Some parts of the book are generic providing justifications for peer programs or making predictions about the future. In contrast, other parts address specific, tactical concerns by offering descriptions of various training techniques and models useful for developing professionals.

Some noteworthy areas are Chapter 7 which explains an 18-step progression for a successful peer program and Chapter 12 which offers an excellent presentation of program standards and codes of ethics. Readers will want to examine the Peer Helping Program Rubric available from the CD which offers a four-point rating scale covering 11 standards that absolutely help one map and rate both existing and new peer programs. The standards are comprehensively covered for areas including: short-term planning, commitment, staffing, organizational structure, screening and selection, training, service delivery, supervision, evaluation, public relations and long-range planning. The Rubric is a must-see item in this book and a valuable, reusable tool!

As if the tools and samples were not enough, the authors even provide 25 pages of possible funding resources by federal locations and state-specific foundations or corporate sponsors of peer programs.

If there is a shortcoming to this book, it would have to be that it doesn't come with a pop-out person to help you get started on your work; but at least the authors give you a short chapter on how to work with your team after assembling it.

This neat resource guide is a must-have for serous developers of peer programs. There are lots of resources, tips, standards, sample tools and strategies that are useful in a variety of situations. The CD is an added bonus. You can expect this to be one of those rag-tagged, marked-up and scribbled-over books in your library. It's the kind of book (and CD) you will revisit for a burst of new energy. (Review by Peer Resources Network member Michael Ciambella. Members receive a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a review.)

Purchase this work online from:

Amazon.ca (for Canadian orders)
Amazon.com (for US orders)
Amazon.co.uk for international orders
Routledge Mental Health: A Taylor and Francis Group



Resources for Post-Secondary Peer Programs

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Peer Leadership: A Primer on Program Essentials (Monograph No. 32)
(Columbia, South Carolina, 2001)
by Suzanne L. Hamid, Editor
Focus: Post-Secondary Peer Programs
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
In guiding students toward academic success and more meaningful college experiences, peer leadership has historically been an effective resource at many four-year and two-year colleges. This is not only evident in the variety of peer leadership programs in existence today but also in the extensive research devoted to the topic.

The editor of this book has compiled examples of effective peer leadership programs from professionals at a number of colleges throughout the United States. This partnership among colleagues resulted in a monograph, displaying a collection of resources in developing and implementing peer leadership programs, training peer leaders, and utilizing technology within a peer leadership program.

Chapter 1 of the monograph provides a literature review of studies that rationalize the success of peer leadership programs. The studies examined how to maximize program outcomes, how to effectively train leaders, and documentation of program results. Chapter 2 provides an overview of how various colleges provide training and development for their peer leaders. Chapter 3, which is entitled "The Successful Operation of a Peer Leadership Program," provides a description of the necessary elements in designing an effective peer leader program. Chapter 4 enhances the previous description by focusing only on the recruitment, selection, and training aspects of peer leaders. Chapter 5 examines the role of the peer leader "beyond the classroom" - in terms of such things as serving as advisors, working with students who are academically at-risk, and working with students in a residence hall setting. Chapter 6 discusses the role of technology in peer leadership - especially as it relates to online interaction between students and peer leaders. Chapter 7 provides descriptions from various college "first year seminar" programs that utilize peer leaders. Following the practical examples of peer leadership programs and the research that backs them, as well as Chapter 8's overall summary and recommendations, the book includes an appendix of materials utilized by the contributors - syllabi for first year experience courses, applications and interview questions for peer leaders, and evaluation forms for peer leadership programs.

From the standpoint of a college professional who is developing a peer leadership program, I found this monograph extremely useful. The variety of contributions were relevant and the research was insightful. The information in this guide is meant to be shared with colleagues and adapted to fit the needs of one's institution. The only thing better would be a face-to-face workshop with all who shared their peer leadership resources in creating this monograph. (Review by Peer Resources Network member, S. Marshall. Members receive a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a review.)

Purchase this work online from:

National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition



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A Look at Productive Tutoring Techniques (Video)
(Raleigh, North Carolina: North Carolina State University, 2000 - 3 Video set)
by Kenneth W. Gattis
Focus: Secondary, Post-Secondary and Adult Peer Tutoring Programs
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
Effective tutoring requires a number of skills, and with training peer tutors can successfully establish a productive tutoring relationship with other students. This three-part, eight training module 90-minute video (also available on DVD) delivers everything that is needed for effective tutoring. In addition to focusing on key topics, issues and skills for tutors, the video provides many examples of each skill or concept demonstrated live by peer tutors working with peers in a variety of discipline areas such as chemistry, writing, physics, and learning a language.

Beginning with examples of the four roles of the tutor, different principles of reinforcement of learning and six key listening skills, the video continues with demonstrations of seven techniques to build on student ideas, three ways to use questions and how to determine which method to use, eight methods to help students become independent learners and seven ways to implement direct instruction techniques.

Throughout the videos, there are prompts to pause the tape and discuss and reflect upon the examples and role models presented. The producers of the tape have also included summaries following various examples and have created a user's guide to maximize the use of the tapes to train other peer tutors.

Few training videos can match the quality and comprehensiveness of this production. Several examples, not just one, are given for each of the interpersonal skills and productive tutoring principles highlighted in this work. The examples show a full-range of responses and difficulties encountered in a productive tutoring relationship, so viewers can learn both the complexities of tutoring and the specific and appropriate actions to take. While the students involved are college-age students, the situations, principles and skills can be easily generalized to both high school and adult populations; in short, anyone in a learning partnership.

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North Carolina State University Undergraduate Tutorial Center

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Student-Assisted Teaching: A Guide to Faculty-Student Teamwork
(Bolton, MA: Anker Publishing, 2001) 228p.
by Judith E. Miller, James E. Groccia, and Marilyn S. Miller (Editors)
Focus: Post-Secondary Peer Programs
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
A well-edited book that provides program descriptions of the most exemplary and highly innovative peer assistance programs in colleges and universities. (more)
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, Inc. (U.S.A.)
(Note: Peer Resources Network members receive a special discount)

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Peer Counseling: Skills, Ethics, and Perspectives (2nd Edition)
(Science and Behavior Books, 1996)
by Vincent J. D'Andrea and Peter Salovey
Focus: University, college and community peer programs
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
Virtually all issues, including ethical, sexual orientation, and adjusting to campus life, are covered and discussed by practitioners. Dialogues, training exercises and evaluation materials are included.
Purchase this work online from:

Amazon.com (U.S.A.) | Chapters.ca (Canada)

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Step by Step to Peer Health Education Programs: A Planning Guide
(ETR Associates, 1996) 165p.
by Malcolm Goldsmith and Sherri T. Reynolds
Focus: College and university peer-based health education
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
A strength of this manual is that it addresses both the philosophical and theoretical issues as well as practical applications in one easy-to-use format. The first chapter deals with social issues, definitions and descriptions. The book then moves into an excellent section on program planning. Selection of staff/participants is addressed next. While the book does not include a full training curriculum, it does address the essential components of any training program and includes thirty pages of sample activities for peer health education programs in a variety of areas ranging from community health to sexuality and substance abuse. It also contains a generous list of other resource materials including prices, sample agendas, checklists and program standards. All of these are coordinated with a twelve-step series of worksheets which systematically progress through the stages of program development from needs assessment to training and evaluation.
Purchase this work online from:

ETR Associates

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Promoting Health on Campus: Improving Student Health through Peer Education
(University of Alberta Health Services Peer Education Program, 1993)
by Sherrill Berg, Judith Golec, Judy Hancock, Jeea Saraswati, and Sonya Thompson
Focus: College, university and secondary school peer education programs
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
This is an exceptionally helpful book for any health oriented peer education program. While the intended client group is college and university-based, experienced peer trainers working with high school students could use the exercises, activities, and ideas in this comprehensive and practical work.
Purchase this work from:

The Peer Education Program, University Health Services, University of Alberta, 111 Street and 88 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2R1; Tel: (780) 492-2612; Fax: (780) 492-0172

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Peer Assisted Learning
(Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1998)
by Keith Topping and Stewart Ehly (Editors)
Focus: College, university, adults
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) is defined as the acquisition of knowledge and skill through active helping and supporting among matched companions. This book is a practical guide for teachers to help them plan and effectively implement different kinds of peer tutoring in any area of the curriculum, in a way which integrates with and complements direct teaching by professionals.
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Amazon.com (U.S.A.) | Chapters.ca (Canada)

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Peer Programs on the College Campus: Theory, Training, and the Voice of the Peers
(Resource Publications, 1995)
by Sherry L. Hatcher (Editor)
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
Let us know your reactions
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Amazon.com (U.S.A.) | Chapters.ca (Canada)

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Sexual Assault on the College Campus: The Role of Male Peer Support
(Sage Publications, 1997)
by Martin D. Schwartz and Walter S. Dekeseredy (Editors)
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
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Amazon.com (U.S.A.) | Chapters.ca (Canada)

 
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Resources for Community, Inner-City, Mental Health Consumer, Women, and Peer Ministry Peer Programs (See also works in this category published or distributed through the Peer Resources Bookstore)

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Training the Trainer: A Guide for Training Peer Counselors
(Denver, CO: Jacqueline Enterprises, 2000) 177p.
by Nate Rockitter
Focus: Mental Health Consumer Peer Programs
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
This book has been developed to provide training for peer counselors who are involved in and associated with mental health consumers. The book provides excellent training sessions, relevant information on establishing a mental health peer group system, and is based on the author's considerable experience in the field.
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Jacqueline Enterprises, Inc., 9725 East Hampden Avenue, Suite 203, Denver, Colorado 80231; Tel: (303) 671-0709; e-mail: JacqEnt@aol.com


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Addiction and Pregnancy: Empowering Recovery Through Peer Counseling
(Praeger Publishing, 1998)
by Barry Robert Sherman (Editor), Laura M. Sanders (Editor), Chau Trinh
Focus: Pregnant women and addictions
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
Let us know your reactions
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Amazon.com (U.S.A.) | Chapters.ca (Canada)

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Positive Peer Culture
(Walter De Gruyter, 1985, youth, adults) 173p.
by Harry H. Vorrath and Larry Brendtro
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
Even 15 years after publication, this book remains one of the best works on peer culture and how to intervene to help adolescents learn how to support rather than hurt each other, especially in a custodial or residential setting.
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Amazon.com (U.S.A.) | Chapters.ca (Canada)

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Homies: Peer Mentoring Among African-American Males
(LEPS Press, 1998)
by Warren R. Braden
Focus: Community-based peer programs
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints: This book explores the communication and bonding between men from the west side of Chicago. It describes their social contributions to their own development and provides a rationale for their alternative reality. Essential reading for any inner-city peer mentoring program.
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Amazon.com (U.S.A.) | Chapters.ca (Canada)

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Chance to Serve: Peer Ministers Handbook
(St. Marys Press, 1983)
by Brian Reynolds
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
Let us know your reactions
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Amazon.com (U.S.A.) | Chapters.ca (Canada)

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Peer Evangelism: Youth and the Big Scary E Word
(Brethern Press, 1993)
bySteve Clapp and Samuel K. Detwiler
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
Let us know your reactions
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Amazon.com (U.S.A.) | Chapters.ca (Canada)

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Training Teenagers for Peer Ministry
(Group Books, 1988)
by Lee Sparks and Barbara Varenhorst
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
A step-by-step program teaching kids how to care for each other written by the creator of peer counseling. This book is an excellent resource for any peer program that has a faith or spirituality-based foundation.
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BestBookBuys

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Women Helping Women
(Harvest House Publishers, Inc., 1997)
by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Carol Cornish (Editors)
Focus: Christian women
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
Let us know your reactions
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Amazon.com (U.S.A.) | Chapters.ca (Canada)

 
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Resources for Teacher-to-Teacher and other Professional Peer Programs

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Principal Peer Evaluation: Promoting Success from Within
(Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2001, adults) 88p.
by Libia Gil
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
A school superintendent describes how she uses principles of transformational leadership with school principals to create a peer learning experience. Evaluation and feedback play important roles in this model and the book carefully documents how this was accomplished and the various reactions to engaging in this model.
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Amazon.com or
Amazon.ca


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How to Plan and Implement a Peer Coaching Program
(Alexandria, VA: ASCD, 1991, adults) 76p.
by Pam Robbins
Focus: Teachers in Elementary and Secondary Schools
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
A great book for teachers and other educators who want to bulid effective ways to assist in each other's professional development. Explains what peer coaching is; provides a rationale for using peer coaching to help teachers work collaboratively to improve their skills; explains the peer coaching process, the factors that affect program success, and how to plan and maintain a peer coaching program.
Purchase this work online from
ASCD Online Store

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Peer Coaching: Opening Doors to Better Teaching
(Alexandria, VA: ASCD, 2000) Audio Cassette No. 200206
by Joan Grazda and Peter Sellitto
Focus: Teachers in Elementary and Secondary Schools
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
A school principal and assistant superintendent describe a peer coaching approach used in their district that has yielded excellent results for both teachers and students. The speakers detail the principles and practices as well as the steps necessary to implement such a program. While the approach has at its core, an opportunity for teachers to participate in a variety of ways, most teachers involved formed cooperative peer coaching teams and provided on-going, concrete help to each other based on in-class observations on areas believed to be of key importance to effective teaching. This tape is a recording of a session presented at the 55th Annual ASCD Conference.
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ASCD Online Store

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Peer Coaching: Establishing a Community of Learners
(Alexandria, VA: ASCD, 2000) Audio Cassette No. 200074
by Ellen Mills
Focus: Teachers in Elementary and Secondary Schools
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
Focuses on how peer coaching helps teachers with continued growth and development. Provides implementation suggestions for any school setting. Explains what works and what doesn't, along with the honest reactions of teachers who have tried it. This tape is a recording of a session presented at the 55th Annual ASCD Conference.
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ASCD Online Store

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Educators Helping Educators: A Guide to Organizing School Support Teams
(Alexandria, VA: ASCD, 1997, adults) 152p.
by Margery Ginsberg, Joseph Johnson, Jr., and Cerylle Moffett
Focus: Teachers in Elementary and Secondary Schools
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
The authors believe that the key to maximize student learning is through schoolwide change that gives teachers and administrators the opportunity to imagine what might work best for their own students in their own school with the assistance of external facilitators known as school support teams. These teams are composed of skilled teachers and administrators, pupil services administrators, pupil services personnel, and distinguished educators from K-12 and postsecondary education who have had experience with successful school improvement initiatives. Team members act as mentors or coaches, assisting schools in planning and implementing school improvement efforts such as reconfiguring the school day, increasing collaboration among teachers, studying new ideas about teaching and learning, controlling school resources, combining federal funds to initiate innovative practices, and finding ways for the school to be released from unnecessarily restrictive mandates. The authors provide practical advice on how to develop a pool of potential team members, organize a system of school support teams, coordinate teams with schools, maintain communication with teams and team leaders, and support the success of the initiative. The book includes suggested agendas for training sessions, detailed descriptions of field-tested training activities, and numerous handouts and blackline transparency masters for use in training sessions.
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ASCD Online Store

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Peer Assistance for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors
(National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, 1994)
by Linda R. Crosby
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
Let us know your reactions
Available to peer assistance organizations at no cost from:

NAADAC
3717 Columbia Pike, Suite 300, Arlington, VA, 22204

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Peer Coaching for Educators (2nd Edition)
(Scarecrow Press, 2000) 144p.
by Barbara Gottesman
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
Let us know your reactions
Purchase this work online from:
Amazon.com (U.S.A.) | Chapters.ca (Canada)

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Leadership for Learning: How to Help Teachers Succeed
(ASCD, 2002) 142p.
by Carl D. Glickman
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
While not completely devoted to peer coaching, this book provides a short chapter on peer coaching and includes a variety of checklists and structured handouts that can assist in the design and conduct of a successful teacher-to-teacher peer support program.
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Amazon.com (U.S.A.) | Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

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Peer Review of Teaching: A Sourcebook
Anker Press (2000)
by Nancy Van Note Chism with contributions by Christine A. Stanley
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
This concise yet comprehensive sourcebook is for administrators, particularly deans and department chairs, who wish to develop a strong peer review component to their system for evaluating and improving teaching. And this book is for faculty who will be engaged in the system, as both evaluators and as subjects of teaching evaluation. It consists of two parts: Part One details a framework for designing and implementing peer review, and Part Two provides guidelines, protocols, and forms for each task involved in an effective system of peer review. Part One includes the following information about peer review: developing a rationale, identifying the focus, understanding the roles and goals, developing policies, setting up a system: institutional, college, and departmental leadership, benefits and possible objections, formative and summative uses, responsibilities of administrators, reviewers, and reviewees. Part Two includes the following reproducible forms and materials: for peer review of course materials, for class observations, for gauging contributions of scholarship of teaching and department teaching, efforts, and for teaching portfolios.
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Resources for Secondary, Elementary, Youth Peer Programs (See also books and videos in this category published or distributed through the Peer Resources Bookstore)

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An Asset Builder's Guide to Training Peer Helpers: Fifteen Sessions on Communication, Assertiveness, and Decision-Making Skills
(Minneapolis, MN: The Search Institute, 2003, youth)
by Dr. Barbara Varenhorst
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
Young people are a powerful influence in the lives of their peers and this book prepares youth workers, educators and other adults to build on the positive connection of peers. Written by the acknowledged founder of peer helping, this comprehensive curriculum provides 15 interactive training activities based on the Search Institute's asset building strategies. The guide brings together the most effective training for peer helpers with the key elements of building character and shows how they can be put into practice to assist peers in deep as well as practical ways.
Purchase this work online from:

Search Institute (US$39.95)


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School Families: A Peer Mentoring Program for Students Entering Middle School or Junior High School
(Warminster, PA: MarCo Products, 1999, youth)
by Susan Mayes
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
This peer-mentoring program helps students make a successful transition from elementary school to middle or junior high school by taking a "family" perspective. Peer leaders are trained to help incoming students develop feelings of belonging, importance, and security in their new school environment. Each peer leader receives complete instructions for facilitating a family group and each session contains information, discussion, and a relevant game. The manual includes detailed instructions for implementation of a leadership training course, peer mentoring sessions, reproducible activities and charts as well as training role plays.
Purchase this work online from:

MarCo (US$15.95) Peer Resources Network members will receive a 10 percent discount from the publisher by entering order code PR2001.

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Health in Perspective Peer Leader Program (HIP) Facilitator Guide and Peer Leader Guide
(Point Edward, ON: Community Health Services Department 1999, youth)
by Christine Preece
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
A pilot-tested and evaluated smoking prevention and cessation program using a peer-leader approach and an adult facilitator
Purchase this work online from:

Canadian Intramural Recreation Association

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Playground Leadership Program Facilitator Guide and Leader Handbook
(Gloucester, ON: Canadian Intramural Recreation Association CIRA, 1999, youth)
by Christine Preece
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
Designed to be used by and for children to create a safe and fun play environment.
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Canadian Intramural Recreation Association

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Real Friends: Becoming the Friend You'd Like to Have
(San Francisco, CA: Harper & Row, 1983, youth)
by Barbara B. Varenhorst
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
Although this book is out-of-print it is worth searching for.
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Amazon.com (U.S.A.) | BestBookBuys.com

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Peer Support: A Facilitator's Guide to Peer Led Programming (Manual and Video)
(AADAC - Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission, 1998, youth, prevention)
by Barbara Ann Olsen, Lisa Austin, and Deirdre Ah Shena (Editors), Barb Davis, Helen Handcock, Allison Johnson, Debbie Kocay, Nancy Nimmon, Holly Tibble, and Larry Tibble (Contributors)
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
A great resource demonstrating the how creative and skilled peer leaders in Alberta have taken the work of Rey Carr and put it into solid practice. When ordering ask for item 058A. There is also a video that accompanies the manual (item 059A).
Purchase this work from:
AADAC Resource Development and Marketing
Ste 700-10909 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3M9
Tel: (780) 427-7319; Toll-Free: (800) 280-9616
e-mail: rdm@aadac.gov.ab.ca

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Peer Programs: An In-Depth Look at Peer Helping - Planning, Implementation, and Administration
(Bristol, PA: Accelerated Development, 1995, schools)
by Judith Tindall
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
Let us know your reactions
Purchase this work online from:

Amazon.com (U.S.A.) | Chapters.ca (Canada)

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Peer Power, Book 1: Becoming an Effective Peer Helper and Conflict Mediator, Third Edition
(Bristol, PA: Accelerated Development, 1994, schools)
by Judith Tindall
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
Let us know your reactions
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Caring and Sharing: Becoming a Peer Facilitator (2nd Edition)
(Minneapolis, MN: Educational Media Corporation, 2000)
by Robert D. Myrick, Tom Erney, and Don Sorenson (Editor)
Focus: Youth
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
This updated version by the pioneers of the peer helping field is bound to be a winner!
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Amazon.com (U.S.A.) | Chapters.ca (Canada)

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Mentoring and Tutoring by Students
(London, England: Stylus,1998)
by Sinclair Goodlad
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
Let us know your reactions
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The Peer Partners Handbook: Helping Your Friends Live Free from Violence, Drug Use, Teen Pregnancy & Suicide: A Guide for Students in Leadership Programs
(Talman Company, 1995)
by Jerry Kreitzer and David Levine
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
Let us know your reactions
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Amazon.com (U.S.A.) | Chapters.ca (Canada)

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Dating: A Peer Education Manual for Reducing Sexual Harassment & Violence Among Secondary Students
(Learning Publications, 1996)
by Toby Simon
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
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How to Say No and Keep Your Friends: Peer Pressure Reversal for Teens and Preteens
(Human Resource Development Press, 1997, youth, adults)
by Sharon Scott
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
An excellent book for teens and parents on how to reverse negative peer pressure.
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Peervention: Training Peer Facilitators for Prevention Education
(Minneapolis, MN: Educational Media Corporation, 1992
by Robert D. Myrick and Betsy E. Folk
Focus: Youth
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
Let us know your reactions
Purchase this work online from:

Educational Media Corporation

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Peer Counselling in Schools: A Time to Listen
(David Fulton Publishers, 1996)
by Helen Cowie (Editor)
Focus: Youth
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
Let us know your reactions
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Amazon.com (U.S.A.) | Chapters.ca (Canada)

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Peer Helping Skills: A Leader's Guide to Training Peer Helpers and Peer Tutors for Middle and High School
(Johnson Institute, 1993)
by John Demarco
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
Let us know your reactions
Purchase this work online from:

Amazon.com (U.S.A.)

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Leading a Friends Helping Friends Group: A Manual for Peer Counselors
(Minneapolis, MN: Educational Media Corporation, 1989
by Carol Painter
Focus: Youth
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
Let us know your reactions
Purchase this work online from:

Amazon.com (U.S.A.)

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Peer Helpers Plus: A Comprehensive Training Manual to Help Student Tutors and Other Facilitators Make the Grade
(Markham, ON: Pembroke Publishers Ltd., 1995)
by Cheryl Brackenbury
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
Written by an award-winning and highly experienced Canadian peer trainer. (More)
Purchase this work from:

Pembroke Publishers Limited, 538 Hood Road, Markham, Ontario, L3R 3K9, (905) 477-0650

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Succeeding in Reading (Program Leader's Guide and Buddy Coaching Guide plus Resource CD)
(Maupin House, 2005)
by Nancy Dean and Candace Harper
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
A great set to establish and maintain effective cross-age buddy tutoring. Tutees benefit from individual attention and continual assessment while tutors learn by reviewing, reconstructing knowledge, and having a purpose for learning. The Guide details how to plan, set up and manage the program in many different settings; and the Buddy Coaching Guide teaches the tutor how coach their partners. Videos on the Resource CD demonstrate how to work with tutees who cannot read yet as well as those who can read well.
Purchase this work online from:

Maupin House

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A Class of Their Own: When Children Teach Children
(Bergin and Garvey, 1998)
by Dennie Briggs
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
A top-rated guide for helping students learn how to become effective peer tutors
Purchase this work online from:

Amazon.com (U.S.A.)

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S.P.A.R.K. Peer Tutoring Handbook
(Empowering Youth Publishers, undated)
by Kelly Curtis
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
This unique 3-ring binder plus color transparencies and reproducible forms integrates a developmental assets approach (as created by the Search Institute) with helping students learn effective tutoring techniques. The binder includes the basics of a four-hour training curriculum.
Purchase this work directly from the publisher online:

Empowering Youth, PO Box 117, Clear Lake, WI 54005; Tel: (715) 268-4885 (You can also make arrangements to consult with the author and arrange training for students.)

 
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Resources for Work and Employee Peer Programs

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Peer Training: Improved Performance One by One
(Scarborough, ON: Prentice Hall Canada, 1994)
by Carolyn Nilson
Focus: Business and employees in organizations
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
An expensive book that centers on the various use of peers in work settings
Purchase this work online from:

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Toxic Emotions at Work: How Compassionate Managers Handle Pain and Conflict.
(Toronto: McGraw Hill, 2003)
by Peter J. Frost
Focus: Business and employees in organizations
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Natural helpers exist throughout society, including the workplace. But few other places can have such great potential for harmful or toxic influences. Some of the sources are accidential, some are intentional, and many are related to workload, rules and practices, personality, insensitivity and workplace politics. This book outlines the key role played by individuals who, regardless of their position in the hierarchy, handle the emotional pain experienced by others. In most cases these "toxic handlers" act as listeners, facilitators, coaches, mentors and buffers. But such a role has its limits, and often natural helpers succumb to all the toxicity they absorb. The book provides ideas for organizations about how to build on the already existing skills of toxic handlers and prevent them from becoming debilitated. While the author does not use the term peer assistance, his suggestions mirror what peer leaders have known for some time. This book, however, places the emphasis on the workplace and the unique solutions required to contribute to producitivty and well-being.
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Resources for Peer-Led Conflict Resolution or Anti-Bullying, and Peer Mediation Programs (See also works in this category published or distributed through the Peer Resources Bookstore)

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Students Resolving Conflict: Peer Mediation in Schools
(Good Year Books, 2005)
by Richard Cohen
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Recently updated from a previous version to reflect best practices and the latest research, the purpose of this book serves as a comprehensive introduction to conflict resolution and peer mediation; a complete technical assistance manual for those involved in the process of implementing a peer mediation program; and a reference work for those who currently operate peer mediation programs. The book includes many tools such as reproducible program forms, 12 complete conflict resolution lessons, transcripts of peer mediation sessions, and surveys to determine implementation readiness. The author provides guidance on topics and issues such as the value of collaborating when resolving conflict, the benefits of peer mediation, the relationship between peer mediation and discipline, selecting peer mediators, whether a coordinator should be part of a peer mediation session, and other valuable areas.
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School Mediation Associates (Peer Resources Network members receive a 10 percent discount when ordering from School Mediation Associates.)


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Using Peer Mediation in Classrooms and Schools: Strategies for Teachers, Counselors, and Administrators
(Corwin Press, 2000)
by James Gilhooley and Nancy Scheuch
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Peer Mediation - Program Guide: Conflict Resolution in Schools (Revised Edition)
(Research Press, 1997)
by Fred Schrumpf, Donna K. Crawford, and Richard J. Bodine
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This comprehensive guide can be considered the foundation book for helping students learn about peer mediation and conduct effective mediations. The authors provide details about organizing a peer mediation service, training students in basic and advanced peer mediation skills, orienting and training staff to make the most use of student mediators, and evaluating the results of a mediation program. Appendices include all necessary forms, case studies, additional interactive exercises, and simulations. (A Student Workbook is also available.)
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Peer Mediation - Student Workbook: Conflict Resolution in Schools
(Research Press, 1997)
by Fred Schrumpf, Donna K. Crawford, and Richard J. Bodine
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This Student Workbook has been designed through field-testing and successfully implemented peer mediation programs to accompany Peer Mediation - Program Guide. The workbook provides student mediators with resources and details of the mediation program's goals and objectives, the six steps of the mediation process and many interactive training activities.
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Kids Can Care: 35 Practical Steps for Implementing and Facilitating an Elementary School Peer Mediation Program
(Warminster, PA: MarCo Products, 1996, youth)
by Joseph E. Six, Jr. and Elizabeth A. Marlor
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
This manual provides complete, easy to follow, step-by-step information for setting up an elementary school peer mediation program. It includes detailed instructions for both formal and informal mediation training sessions, addresses issues such as student selection and supervision, and provides reproducible role-play booklets for the future mediators. This proven program allows schools to develop a peer-mediation program and reduce harmful conflict without a large budget. The book contains complete directions, reproducible student booklets, forms, posters, and reference sheets.
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MarCo (US$34.95) Peer Resources Network members will receive a 10 percent discount from the publisher by entering order code PR2001.


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COPEing with Conflict at School: The Collaborative Student Mediation Project Manual
(Chedoke Child and Family Centre, 2001, adults, youth)
by Charles E. Cunningham, Lesley J. Cunningham, and Vince Martorelli
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:

This manual, developed after extensive piloting with young people and considerable research, is most appropriate for primary and middle school mediation programs in Canada, but can easily be adapted for wider use. The authors stress that "the manual outlines what we consider to be a sample of the minimum prerequisites or benchmarks to an effective student mediation program." The rationale for running a student mediation program is outlined in the first chapter, which is then followed by 9 Key Steps to setting up an effective program. There are numerous ideas and tips for running a program, appendices of core materials to cover the various steps of a mediation program and some useful chapters on office mediation, the role of teachers and playground supervisors, as well as an invaluable chapter on training parents as mediators, and a whole lot more. A user-friendly, invaluable resource for anyone interested in exploring then possibilities of running an effective student mediation program for primary and middle school students. (Review by Peer Resources Network member, R. Cox.)
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H.H.S., Box 2000, EVEL Building 118
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Everything You Need to Know About Peer Mediation
(Rosen Publishing Group, 1997, adults, youth)
by Nancy N. Rue
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Teaching Students to be Peacemakers
(Minneapolis, MN: Educational Media Corporation, 1993) 382p.
by David W. Johnson and Roger T. Johnson
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Typically referred to as the "peacemakers program" these materials are published in a workbook format. Its primary focus is on how to use conflict for instructional purposes and how to teach students the procedures and skills involved in constructive conflict management. Sections focus on (1) what are constructive conflicts; (2) creating a cooperative classroom environment; (3) negotiating; (4) conflict strategies; (5) managing anger; (6) mediating conflicts among students; (7) managing develomental conflicts; and (8) peacemaking.
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Coping Through Conflict Resolution and Peer Mediation
(Rosen Publishing Group, 1998)
by Carolyn Simpson
Focus: Adults
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The School Mediator's Field Guide: Prejudice, Sexual Harassment, Large Groups and Other Daily Challenges
(School Mediation Associates, 1999)
by Richard Cohen
Focus: Adults
Comments, Review, User Viewpoints:
This is a useful book for teachers, administrators, counselors, and students working as mediators in schools. Chapters in the book deal with various issues that are brought to mediators and each chapter includes a case study and checklist for dealing with the conflict. Peer Resources Network members receive a 10 percent discount on the price of the book.)
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School Mediation Associates (Watertown, Massachusetts)


Peer Wear - Clothing for participants in peer programs

T-Shirts
Peer Tee Shirts

Kids Helping Kids t-shirts, designed by Peer Resources Network member and veteran peer program leader Lora-Beth Trail are 100% cotton. They are available in black, royal, navy, forest, and red. The cost is $10.00 each for 1-24 shirts, $9.10 each for 25-99 shirts, and $9.00 each for 100+ shirts. Custom-design to incude the name of your program or school. Can be ordered directly from Lora-Beth at (250) 384-4628 or by email: lbtrail@gmail.com
Peer_Vests
Peer Fleece Vests

Kids Helping Kids fleece, sleeveless vests, designed by Peer Resources Network member and veteran peer program leader Lora-Beth Trail are 100% polyester anti-pill microfleece with a full zipper and unlined. These have been designed as "duty" vests for students to wear for outside recess and or lunch duty. They are available in black, navy, bay blue, and vintage red. The cost is $46.00 each for 1-10 vests and $41.00 each for 11+ vests. Custom emroidery is available. Can be ordered directly from Lora-Beth at (250) 384-4628 or by email: lbtrail@shaw.ca
Peer Hats
Peer Ball Caps

Peer Helper ball caps, designed by Peer Resources Network member and veteran peer program leader Lora-Beth Trail are heavyweight, brushed cotton drill. They are available in black, royal, navy, forest, and red. The cost is $7.00 each. Can be ordered directly from Lora-Beth at (250) 384-4628 or by email: lbtrail@shaw.ca



 
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