Volume 17, Issue 1 (1988)
The Peer Support Group: A Means to Facilitate Professional Development
Joseph E. Zins, Charles E. Maher, John J. Murphy, Bruce P. Wess
ABSTRACT: The need has been recognized for development and use of innovative, potentially effective approaches to assist school psychology practitioners in professional growth and development activities. Despite the expressed need, few approaches of this kind have been reported in the literature. The peer support group represents a promising means of meeting the need to facilitate professional development. In this article, the notion of the peer support group is described and illustrated through presentation of an actual case example. Discussed herein are the goals, structure and composition, activities, and professional outcomes of this kind of approach. Strengths and limitations of the peer support group are analyzed, and key elements of an effective group are delineated.
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