WHAT IS THE PEER EDUCATOR PROGRAM ABOUT?
The Counseling Center offers a peer educator program that focuses on healthy lifestyle management for college students. This is a “students-educating-students” program that relates to areas of relationships, depression, anxiety and stress management, eating disorders, diversity issues, alcohol and drugs, nutrition, sexual health, career exploration and other topics related to mental health and wellness. The methods of presentation are experiential and interactive.
Peer educators are trained in and gain valuable experience by designing, coordinating, and presenting a variety of psychological and health education programs for university students. As a peer educator you will receive training in and then engage in the following activities: presenting programs, facilitating group discussions, staffing resource fair tables, and providing risks assessments in the areas of depression, anxiety, eating disorders and substance abuse. Students from any department are welcome to participate in the program.
All peer educators will be assigned to one of our outreach teams. Training is provided by Counseling Center staff members and requires approximately 1 hour a week in the outreach team meeting. This training covers the material in that outreach area as well as specific skills training in areas of public speaking, group facilitation and issues around confidentiality. You can rank your interest in outreach teams that you are interested in and we will do our best to accommodate your request. The outreach teams you can select to join include:
- Eating Disorders
- Sexual Assault/Relationships
- Stress Management
- Substance Abuse
HOW WILL BEING A PEER EDUCATOR BENEFIT ME?
The students participating in the Peer Educator Program will:
- Strengthen personal lifestyle management skills by participating in the psychological health/wellness training.
- Learn creative strategies for presenting psychological health/wellness information through active participation in interactive learning activities.
- Strengthen communication and leadership skills through conducting group discussion and providing presentations.
- Obtain experience in planning, organizing, and presenting a variety of mental health programs which will be applicable in many types of future employment and/or graduate school.
INTERNSHIP CREDIT AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
The Peer Counselor program can be taken for internship credit through your major department and you can receive course credit for this experience. You may also participate as a volunteer. The Peer Educator positions are unpaid positions.
The activities of the Peer Educator program may include, but not be limited to:
- Developing and presenting interactive presentations in classrooms, residence halls, and student organizations
- Planning and participating in campus wide mental health/wellness awareness week events
- Creating and implementing mental health/wellness marketing strategies
- Participating in mental health/wellness related focus groups
- Providing referrals for students in areas of mental health/wellness
- Creating and managing mental health information tables
- Assisting in assessment of BSU student health/wellness behaviors
- Participating in weekly outreach team meetings
- Develop newsletters, brochures and other printed materials related to mental health.
QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING
Student Qualifications for Participation:
- Students in good standing (can be undergraduate or graduate);
- Maintain a 2.5 GPA;
- Willingness to commit to a weekly meeting and provide outreach presentations;
- Level of comfort in discussion of psychological issues;
- Comfortable speaking to small and large groups of people; and
- Willingness to be a part of a team and work well with others.
If you would like to get experience as a Peer Educator then complete the application. For more information, please contact Ellen Lucas, Ph.D. at the Counseling Center 285-1736.
Thank you for your interest!