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Potsdam Prepared: Fall 2021 Updates

Peer Counselors

The Peer Counselor Internship is sponsored by the SUNY Potsdam Counseling Center. Students accepted into the program train to become peer counselors. Peer counselors are paraprofessionals who work with students in crisis under close supervision of licensed professional counselors. They adhere to the same confidentiality policies as professional counselors. Starting Spring 2020, if you are interested in becoming a peer counselor you should contact Genevieve Ramsay to obtain an application prior to course registration. An application and interview process will precede approval to register for the initial training course.

Please Note:
This is a 2-semester minimum internship.  It is expected that students complete the semester long training and at least one following semester of field work. Failure to complete either semester will result in a grade of zero for the course(s).

Requirements:
12 credits completed at SUNY Potsdam 2.5 or above Cumulative GPA

For questions please contact:
Genevieve Ramsay, LMSW
Peer Counseling Program Supervisor
College Counseling Center
(315) 267-2330/ ramsaygr@potsdam.edu
131 Van Housen Hall

Peer Counselors are available Monday-Friday while classes are in session. They can offer prompt support to fellow students. PCs are located in the Counseling Center in 131 Van Housen Hall, and are available to meet in-person by appointment or walk-in (walk-ins are dependent on availability).

If you would like to be seen by one of our Peer Counselors, you can call or email the Counseling Center at (315) 267-2330/ counseling@potsdam.edu and request to speak with a PC or set up an appointment. You can also walk into the office at 131 Van Housen Hall, M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.