Using Fidelity Measures to Support the Training of Graduate Students Working in School Settings

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Vol: 10, Issue: 1

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Ward, Nadia L; Woods, LaKeesha N; Simon, Patricia; Greif Green, Jennifer; Strambler, Michael J
program fidelity; school-based prevention; social emotional learning; Counseling, Counselor Education, School Counseling; Counselor Education; Higher Education; Other Social and Behavioral Sciences; Student Counseling and Personnel Services
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This paper presents a case example of a school-based social development program supported by counselors, yet implemented by graduate student facilitators in a mid-sized urban public school in New England. The authors describe a process for developing and validating fidelity instruments and the use of these assessments to train lay facilitators or graduate students enrolled in counseling or counselor education programs. Guidelines are presented for school counselors interested in using customized fidelity instruments to formatively assess training needs of graduate students.