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Natural HelpersĀ®

The Natural Helpers® peer-helping program is based on a simple premise: within every school, an informal “helping network” already exists. Students with problems naturally seek out other students – and also adults – whom they trust. This program taps into and uses this helping network to disseminate as much accurate information as possible to all students. It provides training to students and adults who are already serving as helpers, giving them skills to help others more effectively.

The program uses a unique selection process that guarantees all subgroups in the school will be represented by a Natural Helper. An anonymous school-wide survey identifies a cross-section of students and school adults. Then these identified persons are invited to attend training where they learn listening skills, knowing when friends need help, expressing care and concern, recognizing situations that require professional help and contacting these resources. Following the training, adult advisors monitor the Natural Helpers® and provide additional training and support. The curriculum provides a strong message on referrals, emphasizes monitoring the Helpers, and contains a comprehensive, yet easy, way to evaluate the program.


• Taking good care of myself
• Stereotypes
• Listening Skills
• Building trust
• Helping Skills
• Supporting friends
• Expressing limits
• Making referrals
• Teaching others


• Suicide
• Racism
• Abuse
• Pregnancy
• Violence
• Chemical Dependency
• Eating Disorders


Important Session Information:

Dimension 3.1: Classroom Environment, Routines and Procedures, Dimension 3.2: Managing Student Behavior, Dimension 3.3: Classroom Culture; Standard 4 - School Culture

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Session ID:
Credits Available:
(3) CPE
(3) Social Work
(3) Licensed Professional Counselor
(3) LSSP
Seats Available:
$0.00 (* No Charge)
Contact Person:
Alma Reinhart
George Comiskey
Assistant Principal, Counselor, Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP), Principal, School Psychologist / Counselor, Social Worker, Teacher (All Level)
Date Time Location
9/27/2021 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Region 17 ESC - South Conference B
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