In our efforts to provide students mental health support both in and out of the counseling center, Clark University CPG is pleased to announce our new Peer Support Worker (PSW) program.
In this PSW program, we have a group of highly trained undergraduate students who are here to provide non-crisis emotional support and additional resources to fellow Clarkies as they navigate difficult decisions or everyday aspects of student life. PSWs work cooperatively with the campus to respond to some student needs, promote student safety and personal wellness, and meet individually with students to discuss lighter concerns.
How do I connect with a Peer Support Worker?
There are several ways to connect with a PSW! The easiest way is to schedule an appointment online. However, PSWs are also available if you just want to walk in for an appointment at Goddard Library, Room 202. Just check in with an available PSW at the reception desk outside of Room 202 and they will meet with you as soon as they can.
Peer Support Workers are a listening service, and may not be the best resource given your specific needs or concerns. If PSW service is not an appropriate resource, you may be referred to a professional therapist and/or your professional therapist may decide that peer support is not in the best interest of your treatment. In these cases, the PSW Supervisor or your therapist will connect with you about the best plan moving forward.
Are you interested in becoming a Peer Support Worker?
The Clark University Peer Support Worker program recruits a new training class each Spring. Look for emails in the Spring of 2022!
Being a Peer Support Worker can provide valuable experience for your graduate school resume; specialized training in counseling techniques, crisis management, leadership, and human relations; and a unique opportunity to help your fellow students. Those who would be a good fit for the program are: strong leaders on campus, skilled in listening and providing compassionate support to others, enthusiastic about designing and facilitating programs for the campus community, and work effectively within a collaborative team environment.