The Training Process

What does becoming a Peer Counselor (PC) entail?

First, you need to have a genuine interest in helping people and secondly, be willing to devote a semester towards training. The training is an intense part of becoming a PC.  Its goal is to teach you basic listening, response and helping skills and help you understand yourself better. Training occurs each semester in which there is enough interest.

Trainees can expect lecture and discussions throughout the semester. Skills are practiced continuously through role-plays. Trainees are expected to be open and honest with their group members. Trust is typically earned quickly due to the intensity of the program and the topics discussed. All personal information shared within training is strictly confidential. Any trainee that breaches confidentiality of a group member will be dismissed from the program immediately.

In order to complete training, all trainees must successfully complete a final role-play. This "final exam" consists of individual role-play with the coordinator or trainers regarding a high risk situation. Trainees will be expected to assist the "student" through their situation and follow the proper procedure for enlisting professional mental or medical health assistance.

Not all students who go through training will move forward to be a Peer Counselor. Training class is held Fridays from 3 - 5 p.m.

For more information contact:

College Counseling Center
131 Van Housen Hall
(315) 267-2330
counseling@potsdam.edu