Peer Helper Program
What is the Peer Helper Program?
The Peer Helper Program, an initiative of the Wellness Program, is supported by Student Affairs and Services and directed by the Wellness Coordinator.
- to provide a direct information service to all students
- to provide positive role models for our fellow students
- to provide students with the information needed to make informed decisions
- to provide learning experiences where all students can develop valuable life skills
- to maximize opportunities for positive peer interactions
Why Peer Helpers Are Necessary
- People most often seek help from peers when they have personal concerns.
- Peers model each other's behaviour and positive role models can encourage healthy standards.
- Peer Helpers can bridge the gap between professionals and students by providing accurate and confidential information about seeking professional help.
- Peer Helpers are trained to use a number of skills (e.g. listening and attending skills, values clarification, and use of questioning) which enable them to provide informal help to other students.
- Peer helping can enhance the personal growth of students seeking help.
The Rewards Are Endless!
- Develop interpersonal and social skills.
- Enhance personal growth.
- Develop a deeper self-knowledge.
- Improve academic performance.
- Become more knowledgeable about your university.
- Meet great people.
- A great way to enhance your university career.
- Give you resumé a boost.
- Build references.
- Make contacts and network.
What qualities do Peer Helpers have?
Peer Helpers are students who:
- are interested in developing and/or expanding their interpersonal and communication skills.
- demonstrate an interest in leadership activities.
- enjoy interacting with and helping others.
- are motivated and positive thinkers.
- enjoy sharing their knowledge with others.
- are positive role models for others.
What are the training requirements?
Students must be enrolled in courses to participate. Some training is required to work for the program. Training for Peer Helpers is generally referred to as "Core Training" which covers the basics of team building, student development theory, communication skills, values clarification and referral skills.
Peer Helpers are encourged to attend all training sessions.
What are the benefits of Peer Helping?
How do you become a Peer Helper?
To become a Peer Helper, complete an appication form and drop it off at:
Room 5002A of the Counselling Centre
5th floor of the UC
Application forms may also be acquired by:
- E-mail the Wellness Coordinator with your name, full mailing address, and telephone number. An application will be mailed to you. Please return completed form, in person, to the above address.
- Dropping by the Wellness Office and picking up a Peer Helper Program Application. Fill in the form and return it.
- Phone the Wellness Office at (709) 864-2659 or 864-8874 and request that a Peer Helper Program application form be mailed to you. Be sure to include your name, full mailing address, and telephone number. Return the completed form, in person, or mail to the above address.