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:
HOW WILL BEING A PEER EDUCATOR BENEFIT ME?
The students participating in the Peer Educator Program will:
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:
QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING
Student Qualifications for Participation:
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!
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