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1 Warm-Up: Attention Grabber ;) In this scene from "Easy A" (2010) a high school student is facing a difficult issue caused primarily by a rumor she started about herself that has grown out of her control. She's been called into the guidance counselor's office and is genuinely seeking help, but the counselor's poor listening skills leave Olive uncomfortable sharing the truth and the problem only escalates.  Click Here 

2 CED 603 MULTICULTURAL COUNSELING UNDERSERVED POPULATION: BUILDING SKILLS FOR SUCCESS Cesar Chacon National University

3 Introduction "When you're a kid, school is your career. And if you go out of business in school, if your business goes bankrupt, if you're not having any success, you're left with almost nothing. You are poverty-stricken. Where do you go from there?“ -- Dr. Mel Levine Founder, All Kinds of Minds

4 Contents  Overview and Demographics  Theoretical Constructs  Program Goals  Program Outcomes  Program Evaluation  Program Brochure  Citations

5 Overview and Demographics  Community Day Schools are schools for students who have been expelled from school or who have had problems with attendance or behavior or have been released by a juvenile detention center.  These schools serve troubled students in many ways. They offer challenging classes and teach important skills. They have counselors and other professionals who assist students.

6 Demographics Continued: Santa Ana Unified Community Day Intermediate and High School Student EnrollmentStudent Population 96 Students100% Hispanic Serviced % Socioeconomically Disadvantaged High Transiency Rate76% English Learners 20% IEP and Identified as Special Needs 90% Male

7 Theoretical Constructs Social skills and/or life skills are behaviors that need to be taught and practiced until the skill can be exhibited fluently and appropriately (Lane et al., 2005). Skills for Success is a program developed by the Orange County Human Relations Council that focuses on the requisite skill that all students should possess and include both social and academic components to help students achieve success both at school and beyond (OCHR, 2012).

8 Theoretical Constructs Continued Teaching these skills is an essential, yet overlooked part of student success. Around the world, Life Skills- Based Education (LSBE) is being adopted as a means to empower young people in challenging situations (Life Skills, 2012). LSBE refers to an interactive process of teaching and learning which enables learners to acquire knowledge and to develop attitudes and skills which support the adoption of healthy behaviors (Life Skills, 2012).

9 Program Goals  To develop leadership skills  Improve self-esteem  Build positive attitudes towards school  Become positive role models  Develop life skills  Increase positive attendance  Improve GPA

10 Program Outcomes  Academic Outcomes  Decreased number of D’s and F’s by 185%  100% Continued on to Comprehensive High School  Skills Outcomes  100% of students reported using techniques learned to better handle conflict  Skills Developed  Conflict Resolution  Organization

11 Program Evaluation  Procedure  Obtain informed consent from parents and from the students.  Obtain the questionnaire responses of the students before the first skill building class  Obtain ex post facto data from school records on behavior problems and academic success for the program participants  Review the data and draw conclusions regarding the effectiveness of the skills program

12 Program Results Prepared To Deal with Conflict F’s and D’s Earned by Students

13 Program Brochure

14 Citations Lane, K.L., Menzies, H.M., Barton-Arwood, S.M., Doukas, G.L., & Munton, S.M. (2005). Designing, implementing, and evaluating social skills interventions for elementary students: Step-by-step procedures based on actual school-based investigations. Preventing School Failure, 49 (2), Orange County Human Relations (2012). OCHR, Retrieved from Santa Ana Unified School District (2012). SAUSD, Retrieved from SARC Life skills (2012). Life Skills, Retrieved from

15 Questions/Discussions Are there any questions?

16 Thank you! The END…


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