Social Services Coaches
Team: Oscar Bautista ’19, Emma Woods ’18, Randall Turner ’18
Advisors: Tom Tierney (Sociology) and Jim Foley (The Counseling Center of Wayne and Holmes Counties)
Abstract: This AMRE project conducted a feasibility study to assess the possibility of developing a Social Service Coaches Program at The College of Wooster. The team organized a series of interviews with members of the community, faculty, and staff from the College, collected and analyzed alumni data, and created a literature review of academic sources to develop a model of best practices for the program. A comprehensive curriculum was developed to train students in the social work and mental health competencies they will need to conduct home visits and act as a mental health coach. Finally, partnerships with three mental health counseling centers willing to host College volunteers were established.