Peer Counseling 4   (#1400330)

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Course Standards

General Course Information and Notes

General Notes

The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop advanced knowledge and skills in communication, personal and group dynamics, and conflict resolution. Emphasis will be on program development and intervention for students in the school and community.

The content should include the following:
  • Select and use appropriate, effective leadership and interpersonal skills and techniques in group settings.
  • Demonstrate understanding of varied behavioral responses to situational, environmental, and chemical elements; and the impact of subsequent decision-making on self and others.
  • Demonstrate use of advanced facilitative communication skills (listening, feedback, nonverbal communication, nonjudgmental response, repairing communication breakdown).
  • Demonstrate understanding of methods for dealing with conflict (communication, assertion, avoidance, aggression) and use strategies specific to varied types of conflict to facilitate resolution.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of varied school and community resources (school counseling center, School Resource Officer, community mental health services, public health services, AIDS clinic, drug and alcohol intervention/prevention programs, rape crisis center, hotlines, Internet).
  • Analyze feedback and previous assessments to identify current needs and issues within the school or community.
  • Work cooperatively to plan, implement, and evaluate effective student programs designed to address needs and issues identified through assessment.

Special Notes:

Instructional Practices Teaching from a well-written, grade-level textbook enhances students' content area knowledge and also strengthens their ability to comprehend longer, complex reading passages on any topic for any reason. Using the following instructional practices also helps student learning:
  1. Reading assignments from longer text passages as well as shorter ones when text is extremely complex.
  2. Making close reading and rereading of texts central to lessons.
  3. Asking high-level, text-specific questions and requiring high-level, complex tasks and assignments.
  4. Requiring students to support answers with evidence from the text.
  5. Providing extensive text-based research and writing opportunities (claims and evidence).

English Language Development ELD Standards Special Notes Section:
Teachers are required to provide listening, speaking, reading and writing instruction that allows English language learners (ELL) to communicate for social and instructional purposes within the school setting. For the given level of English language proficiency and with visual, graphic, or interactive support, students will interact with grade level words, expressions, sentences and discourse to process or produce language necessary for academic success. The ELD standard should specify a relevant content area concept or topic of study chosen by curriculum developers and teachers which maximizes an ELL’s need for communication and social skills. To access an ELL supporting document which delineates performance definitions and descriptors, please click on the following link:


As well as any certification requirements listed on the course description, the following qualifications may also be acceptable for the course:

Any field when certification reflects a bachelor or higher degree.

General Information

Course Number: 1400330
Course Path:
Abbreviated Title: PEER COUN 4
Number of Credits: Half credit (.5)
Course Length: Semester (S)
Course Type: Elective Course
Course Level: 2
Course Status: Course Approved
Grade Level(s): 9,10,11,12

Educator Certifications

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