Peer Education Program
The Counseling Center Peer Education Program is a 2 year long program to which students apply in the middle of spring semester.
The Peer Education Program primarily focuses on developing skills in two areas:
· Outreach/prevention education
These two areas are distinct, but mutually beneficial
Peer educators are responsible for developing and implementing outreach programs, prevention education, and interventions for the campus community regarding psychological wellbeing issues. Such issues include emotional burnout, stress reduction, alchohol use, eating and body image, emotional aspects of learning, and interpersonal skills.
Their goal is to provide education, skill building and personal growth.
Peer Educators’ efforts increase the exposure of the Counseling Center as well as decrease the stigma associated with seeking counseling.
Many students look toward the peer education program for exposure to the profession of counseling. Additionally, they have questions about the various paths one might take to become a professional counselor. That’s why Peer Educators learn about such things as listening skills, facilitating small group events and self-reflection.
Although peer educators are not able to “see clients”, they use their developing counseling skills in their outreach and prevention efforts.
The time spent as a peer educator often serves as an introduction to the helping professions and the skills needed for one’s future career.
Peers have organized or participated in the following outreach events:
Mental Health Awareness Day
AIDS Awareness Campaign
Exam Preparation Workshop
Alcohol Use Prevention Workshop
Depression, Stress and Performance Presentation
Cultural Stereotyping Workshop