Peer Helper Team Trains Student Liaisons for Crisis Intervention

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Kids Under Twenty One
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North American Free Trade Agreement transportation provider Tri-National, Inc., offers a comprehensive array of logistics, trucking, and warehousing services through a seasoned, professional approach. Tri-National, Inc., also supports Kids Under Twenty One (KUTO), a nonprofit provider of crisis-intervention and suicide-prevention services. KUTO’s crisis-intervention efforts include the Peer Helper Team program.

Designed using a teens-helping-teens model, the Peer Helper Team (PHT) trains youth volunteers to become co-facilitators for activity-based workshops that provide peer-helping skills. The program fosters communication and positive interaction between adults and students, in addition to establishing a supportive environment for at-risk youth.

PHT training programs incorporate lectures, role-plays, and other exercises to equip volunteers with the specific helping skills necessary for effective crisis intervention. A series of core components make up the program, including clarifying questioning, expression of empathy, developing assertiveness, and building rapport through attending.

Students who complete the program receive the designation of peer helper, which identifies them as exceptional listeners with a proficiency in helping skills. These students act as liaisons between adults and other students, and serve as complementing gatekeepers for campus professional and administrative services. Issues addressed by the program range from crisis-prevention and intervention strategies to drinking and substance abuse.

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