Peer Educators function as paraprofessional members of Counseling Services. They are trained and certified through The Bacchus Network, a nationally recognized organization for Peer programming. Peer Educators assist in educating the student body about health and healthy choices.

For more information about becoming a PEER Educator, contact Jill Mechling or Nikki Jackson at 864.833.8263.

Peer Educator Application

Position Description

Students selected as Peer Educators (PE) will function as paraprofessional members of Counseling Services. The focus of their work will take place in informal settings; i.e. resident halls, dining hall, and Springs Student Center. However, some counseling may take place in the Counseling Office.

Responsibilities:

  1. To serve as a PE you must complete 12 hours of training and pass the CPE exam.
  2. Understand the importance of confidentiality and strictly adhering to the confidentiality policy.
  3. Weekly staff meetings with the Director of Counseling Services.
  4. Able to commit up to 6 per week for work-study.
  5. Work with RDs and RAs in planning hall programs promoting health-related topics such as healthy relationships, alcohol awareness, tobacco cessation, sexual assault prevention, positive body image, etc.
  6. Plan and implement awareness on campus about above topics during specified weeks in Springs and/or GDH.

Qualifications:

  1. Rising Sophomore, Junior, or Senior with the ability to participate during the full academic year.
  2. Minimum GPA of 2.5 and in good standing with Student Life and Honor Council.
  3. Strong interest in counseling and peer education programs.
  4. Understands the importance of confidentiality.
  5. Interpersonal skills that reflect empathy and active listening.
  6. Models behavior that is consistent with the PC policies regarding alcohol and drug use, models conflict resolution, assertive communication, etc.
  7. Self-starter who can function productively in an unsupervised environment.

Peer Educator Application »

  • Deadline to apply for the 2018-2019 school year is Friday, February 16, 2018.
  • Interviews will be conducted during the week of February 26.
  • Training will be scheduled mid-August 2018.

The Counseling and Wellness Center is located at 120 East Calhoun Street.