When students face difficulties in their lives, they are most likely to first turn to their friends for help. At Clark, the Student Support Network (SSN) is a six-week training program that provides students with the skills to help their friends when they are struggling. Developed here in Worcester by the Student Development and Counseling Center at WPI and used by many colleges and universities across the nation, this training helps educate and train students to be an effective support system to one another. SSN provides training on:
- Active listening and support skills
- Recognizing and responding to signs of depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and substance abuse
- How to connect students to appropriate resources
SSN is an interactive training involving group discussion and role playing which provides hands-on practice to build skills and confidence in addressing difficult situations. The time commitment is one hour a week for six weeks, with meeting times changing each semester to fit student availability. Trainings are conducted by members of the CPG staff who rotate in and out: by the end, students will have met most of the CPG staff. After the training has completed, there is no on-going commitment, however there may be additional advanced SSN-trainings and volunteer opportunities (see Peer Educator internship below).
If you're interested in our SSN training series, please complete our online SSN Application below. If the next session doesn't fit your schedule, we can keep your information on record for a future session. Once you have filled out and submitted this application, we will contact you to discuss scheduling and answer any questions that you may have.
Peer Educator Internship
The Peer Educator Program at the Center for Counseling and Personal Growth provides peer-led psychoeducational learning experiences for the Clark University student community. Peer Educators are committed to teaching skills that will help students to reduce the potential for distressful life experiences. Students who serve as Peer Educators at CPG help the Clark community by:
- Providing consultation services to various students groups
- Developing and delivering workshops/training sessions covering a variety of mental health topics
- Marketing the services of the counseling center to the campus community
- Assisting CPG staff with outreach programming
- Assessing need of the student body regarding mental health issues
- Helping to manage the social media and other various forms of communication from the counseling center
As part of the Peer Educator Internship, students will meet on a weekly basis and receive credit for the internship experience. In addition to receiving group supervision regarding their programming and outreach projects, students will also engage in a didactic experience that provides education and training to help increase social, self-management, and helping skills.
In order to become a Peer Educator at CPG, a student must have taken the SSN training. If you are interested in becoming a Peer Educator, please email CPG Director, Megan Kersting, at firstname.lastname@example.org.