Independent Living Institute


Peer support


Ater, E. Carolyn; Baugh, C.W.; Elias, Jeffery. "A Peer Advisory Consumer Program for the Elderly." The Personnel and Guidance Journal 58. (October 1979): 106-109.

Back, Kurt W. and Taylor, Rebecca C.. "Self-Help Groups: Tool or Symbol?" Journal of Applied Behavioural Science. 12 (July-August-September 1976): 295-309.

Borck, L E, & Fawcett, S B (1982). Learning counseling and problem-solving skills. NY: The Haworth Press. Order from: Haworth Press, 28 East 22 St., New York, NY, United States.

Borman, Leonard. "Self-Help and the Professional." Social Policy. 7 (September-October 1976): 46-47.

Institute on Rehabilitation Issues (1981). Peer counseling as a rehabilitation resource. Hot Springs: Arkansas Rehabilitation Research & Training Center.

Saxton, Marsha, "Peer Counseling" in Crewe, Nancy M. & Zola, Irving Kenneth, Independent Living for Physically Disabled People, Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco, 1983.

World Institute on Disability, Peer Counseling Manual, (forthcoming)
Address: 510 16th St, Oakland, CA 94612, United States.

Zola, I. K. (1979). "Helping one another: A speculative history of the self-help movement". Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 60 (10).

The following resources are published by the Independent Living Ressearch Utilization Program, Houston:

Barker, Linda Toms, Maya Altman, and Andrea Youngdahl. "Dimensions in Peer Counseling: Observations from the National Evaluation of Independent Living Centers". Issues in Independent Living No. 7. Houston: ILRU Program, 1987.

Delivery of Peer Counseling Services in IL Centers. This study involved reviews of literature on peer counseling, examinations of data from the evaluation related to peer counseling, and follow-up interviews with selected centers which participated in the national evaluations.

The Definition of "Peer": Consumer Perspectives and Significance in the Delivery of Counseling Service.

The project focuses on perceptions of counselor credibility. The research question asks which factors account for the great variance in ratings of counselor credibility: disability status of the counselor, whether or not the counselor is professionally trained, and whether or not the content of the interaction is disability related.

Address: ILRU at Texas Institute for Rehabilitation, 2323 S. Shepherd, Suite 1000, Houston, TX 77019, United States.

The following resources are published by the Research and Training Center on Independent Living, University of Kansas:

Moses, H, Borell, K, & Siler, A (1982). Issues in developing peer counseling programs. Lawrence: RTC/IL, University of Kansas.

Report developed for rehabilitation and IL personnel includes sections on evaluation of peer counseling, models, functions, benefits, implementation strategies, administration, and information on programs.

Pittman, J L, & Mathews, R M (1984). "Peer counseling: Four exemplary programs." American Rehabilitation, 10 (4).

Case study approach used to identify critical components of four peer counseling programs: Boston Self-Help Center, Independence Center of N. Virginia, Ann Arbor Center for IL, and Paraquad, Inc., St. Louis.

Roessler, R T (1982). Role of IL Counselor. Stillwater, OK: National Clearinghouse on Rehabilitation Training.

Discusses critical role of Independent Living counselor in IL programs. Addresses advocacy, counseling, and case management skills.

Address: RTC/IL, 4089 Dole Bldg./LSI,University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045, United States.

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