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Peer Counselor Educator Empowerment Program

When students experience frustrations, worries, concerns, or other life events, they typically turn to their friends, not to professionals for help. Peers can be a great source of support. The Counseling and Career Center at SUNY College at Old Westbury offers a peer helping program to strengthen what friends have to offer.

The Peer Counselor Educator Empowerment Program provides training in how to be active listeners, reach out to peers who are experiencing stresses and difficulties in their lives, encourage them to seek help, and make referrals. The program has several goals – to change students’ attitudes by removing the stigma associated with counseling; promote the norm that it’s okay to seek help; to assist the efforts of outreach for the Counseling and Career Services Center and to help the peer counselors develop their leaderships skills.

Training takes place over approximately thirteen weeks and involves role playing and interactive exercises. After completing the program, peer counselors/educators receive a certificate. Peer counselors continue to meet regularly after the training to learn about new issues, gain support from one another, and assist the Counseling & Career Center with the planning, coordination, and implementation of major events such as Rape Awareness Week and Drug & Alcohol Awareness Week.

For additional information related to the Peer Counselor Educator Empowerment Program, please call us at (516) 876-3053. To apply to the program, click here and fill out the application form.


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