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Peer Support Volunteer

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Mar 08, 2018

*Send resume by March 23*

Peer Support is a volunteer-based supportive listening program where students can share their concerns and gain access to professional resources in a supportive and confidential environment. Peer Support volunteers are  available to actively listen to student concerns, facilitate discussion with students, and refer them to services such as the counseling services. With Peer Support, volunteers have the opportunity to develop supportive listening skills, practice confidentiality, and build relationships.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Practice confidentiality at all times.
  • Engage with students dealing with a variety of problems, including: mental health, addictions, relationships, sexual health, academic issues, etc.
  • Actively listen to student concerns regardless of how big or small.
  • Refer students to the appropriate resources and services.
  • Create a safe and welcoming environment where students feel free to share.

Recommended Attributes:

  • Professionalism
  • Kind and compassionate
  • Respectful
  • Good listener
  • Patient
  • Easygoing
  • Appreciative of student diversity

Reports to: Peer Support Assistants

Time Commitment: A minimum of 2 hours per week. Additionally, 1 hour debrief sessions with occur bi-weekly. Note: There will also be a training retreat, date and location still to be determined.

Hours: Shifts are available between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Training/support: Peer Support volunteers attend a weekend workshop. At the workshop, volunteers learn how to properly facilitate discussion and refer students to the services they require. They also take part in role-playing and team building activities, which is a great opportunity to develop new relationships.

Benefits:

  • This experience looks excellent on any resume, especially if you are pursuing a career in Psychology, Nursing, Social Work, Communications, Education, Emergency Communications and Response, Holistic Health, Human Resources, Life Support, and Special Needs.
  • You have the opportunity meet new people and to provide real help and assistance to students who may be having difficulty coping with personal issues.
  • During down times, you have the opportunity to work on homework.

 

For more information, contact Zac Berg or Jodi Lammiman. Send your resume to Jodi Lammiman by March 23.

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