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Types of Training

PAL® Overview

PAL® Program Overview Training: A half-day orientation for school principals, assistant principals, counselors, PAL® advisory committee members, the selected program coordinator, as well as district level administrators and other appropriate staff. Attendees receive basic information on PAL® course development, maintenance, and training certification.


PAL® Initial Adult Training – Secondary : A two-day training for current and potential PAL® teachers at secondary schools. Training is limited to 25 participants and provides a hands-on opportunity to experience PAL® classroom activities. This training is designed to follow the PAL® Teacher Manual, and covers such important topics as course training components, ingredients for success, student training, grading, evaluation, helping projects, program public relations, as well as other programmatic issues.

PAL® Advanced Adult Training: A one day training for existing PAL® teachers that focuses on networking with other educators, learning and sharing of new activities, addressing fund-raising initiatives, enhancing public relations between a school and their community, and intensive group-building activities. By design, this training is for those involved with the program who are wanting new ideas and information, increased energy, and an increased awareness of the program.

PAL® Initial Adult Training – Elementary: This training is similar to the PAL® Initial Teacher Training, except that it is specifically designed for elementary teachers. The curriculum was designed by the Orange County Department of Education and the training is designed to introduce prospective teachers to the PAL® peer helping model. Topics covered include course training components, ingredients for success, student training, grading, evaluation, helping projects, program public relations, as well as other programmatic issues.

PAL® Adult Training – Renewal: Quality implementation is essential for successful outcomes. All PAL® Teachers are required to renew their Adult Training every three years so as to maintain fidelity and review curriculum updates when applicable.



PAL® Initial Student Training: Designed to supplement the training provided by the PAL® sponsor, this can be structured as a one-day session or as a weekend retreat. Based upon individual school needs, training focuses on any or all of the training components developed in the PAL® Teacher Manual: orientation, group dynamics, self awareness, understanding behavior, communication skills, and decision-making/problem-solving. For those PALs who receive this training at the beginning of the year, it helps introduce them to the PAL® curriculum, develops an understanding of the role of the peer helper, and provides exercises and activities to enhance basic peer assistance skills. Training toward the middle and end of the school year covers questions or concerns students raise about their work in the field. Additionally, this training provides an opportunity for PALs to network, share ideas, compare experiences, and, perhaps most importantly, get well-deserved motivation, inspiration, and increased energy.

PAL® Advanced Student Training: Because high school students are eligible to receive up to two years of elective credit toward graduation for PAL®, many students begin their senior year as a second-year PAL. This training is for them. After a brief review of the essential components covered in PAL® Initial Student Training, the remainder of this one-day session focuses on such advanced topics as group facilitation, activity processing, cultural diversity, and dealing with PALee crises.

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