Volunteer & Peer Educator Program

  • Fall 2016 Volunteers
    Fall 2016 Volunteers and Peer Educators
  • CAPS peer educators
    Spring 2015 volunteer group
  • Students tabling in the residence halls
    Volunteers and peer educators tabling in the residence halls
  • Students at a CAPS event
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  • Fall 2015 volunteers all together
    Our fall 2015 volunteers and peer educators working together

CAPS volunteers and peer educators are undergraduate students dedicated to making a positive impact in the campus community. They represent a variety of majors, backgrounds, and career interests. They are all passionate about promoting our counseling and educational services as a way to improve students’ wellness and mental health.

Our volunteers play a vital role in our mission to support the health and wellness of CU students. They lend energy, credibility with peers, a student perspective, and wide variety of talents to our services. Our volunteers see their CAPS experience as one that is both personally satisfying and helpful in pursuing their career paths.

"I appreciate the inclusive community within CAPS. The volunteer program provides some great resources for reaching out to the university to advocate for mental health. Beyond that, volunteering has given me valuable information about pursuing a career in Counseling.” -Madeleine, CAPS Volunteer

Goals of the CAPS Volunteer Program

  • Build leadership skills
  • Learn about health, wellness, & prevention
  • Explore interests in counseling, education, mental health, psychology, mentoring, etc.
  • Learn how a college counseling center operates

Opportunities

  • Participate in outreach focused on mental health & wellness such as running Stress Breaks (training provided) on campus, reaching out to residence halls and student organizations
  • Attend skill-building tranings (basic counseling skills, multi-cultural issues, different areas of mental health)
  • Promote CAPS resources and events
  • Help with CAPS social media efforts
  • Staff informational tables
  • Assist and attend workshops
  • Use your creativity to organize events, workshops, and your own outreach opportunities
  • Interact and network with CAPS staff, including psychologists, licensed professional counselors (LPCs), and social workers
  • Potential letter of recommendation
  • Earn a CAPS Volunteer Training Completion certificate
  • Qualify to apply for a peer education internship at CAPS for the following semester
  • If you have skills including graphic design and filmmaking, we want you!

Commitment

  • Must be able to attend meetings/trainings twice a month on Thursdays 4:30-6:30
  • Participate in at least 3 volunteer opportunities a semester
  • Contribute to ongoing committee projects around PR, social media, or outreach to student organizations
  • Must complete training sessions in the beginning of the semester

Do you have an interest in a career in counseling, health, or education? Would you like to build leadership and professional skills while making a positive impact on the CU campus? Are you looking for an opportunity to build your resume and find mentorship and support? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we hope that you will consider applying to be a CAPS volunteer. We welcome applications from all majors, years, backgrounds, and levels of experience.

Apply to be a Volunteer
Applications are currently closed. Check back in the fall semester! 
 

CAPS Peer Educators are dynamic, positive individuals who are ready to make a significant contribution to the campus community. The Peer Educator program requires a higher level of skill, experience and commitment than the volunteer program. Peer Educators take a more active role in CAPS services through co-facilitating workshops and a group, taking the lead in outreach projects, and receiving more supervision and training. They also participate in general volunteer meetings, trainings, and activities in addition to their peer educator responsibilities. Because of the additional time, training, and experience required, our peer educator program is considered an internship.

“CAPS at CU-Boulder has given me the opportunity to grow and be a leader. The skills I have acquired from being a volunteer and will help me throughout my time at CU as well as the rest of my life! ” -Anil, CAPS Peer Educator

What do Peer Educators do?

  • Attend all scheduled volunteer meetings and training sessions. This includes one hour of weekly group supervision and bi-weekly two hour peer educator/volunteer meetings which includes a specific training. Trainings will focus on mental health, diversity, and improving your role as a peer educator.
  • Serve as a Peer Coach for the Bounce Back program, a 10 week group for students on academic probation. As part of their role they will help lead discussions and exercises, teach academic skills, learn about group dynamics and begin to gain clinical experience, and help organize and facilitate presentations/workshops.
  • Each peer educator is in charge of one ongoing year-long outreach project around a specific topic or targeting a specific campus community, for example: outreach to the business school, residence halls programming, student organization outreach etc.
  • Develop skills in leadership, professionalism and networking by working closely with the CAPS staff and taking on leadership roles in the volunteer program.

If you are a current or former CAPS volunteer who is interested in applying to be a Peer Educator, contact Kenli Urruty for more information.

Peer Educator Profiles

Ashley Peer Ed Name: Ashley 

Major: Psychology & Sociology

What I love most about CU Boulder: I love CU because there are so many opportunities to get involved! Whether you have already found your passion or you are still exploring, Boulder is a great place to do it! I have always been an avid skier and snowboarder so between classes and homework the mountains are close enough to CU that I can always get away!

What I love most about working with CAPS: CAPS has provided me with the once in a lifetime opportunity to be clinically involved with mental health as an undergraduate. I enjoy coordinating outreach events and being exposed to the various fields in psychology. CAPS provides me with a creative outlet while helping me develop professionally at the same time. I love working with our talented mental health professionals, peer eds, and volunteers!


Emilee Peer Ed

Name: Emilee

Major: Psychology

What I love most about CU Boulder: I love the opportunities that arise each semester and how they prepare me for my future. I love that I get so much help from my professors by just reaching out to them and asking them questions about their lives. I've formed so many relationships with similar people and find that everyone at CU has struggles and difficulties and that we all come together to help each other. Being a CU Buff is the best decision I could have made!

What I love most about working with CAPS: I have never felt a part of a community or group more than I do with CAPS. I belong in CAPS and with the people I work with. I also have learned lifelong skills in professional development that I don't think I would have been able to attain anywhere else. CAPS makes the volunteers and Peer Educators feel important and like our voices are being heard, which ultimately makes me feel as if I have a purpose here.


Lauren Peer EdName: Lauren

Major: Psychology, Sociology minor

What I love most about CU Boulder: I love being a student at CU Boulder because there are so many clubs and organizations to get involved in. 

What I love most about working with CAPS: I started volunteering with CAPS my freshman year and have stayed with it ever since.  CAPS has given me the opportunity to reach out to my peers, while participating in something I am passionate about.

 

 

 

 


Nic Peer Ed

Name: Nic

Major: Neuroscience and Creative Writing.

What I love most about CU Boulder: My favorite feature of the university is its physical campus. I could ramble on about how amazing the professors here are, or the benefits of unparalleled access to new technology. But, more than anything, I am reminded everyday how spoiled I am to live and work in such a beautiful part of the country.

What I love most about working with CAPS: If I had to share one thing I've learned from working with CAPS so far this year, it's that working with fellow peers has taught me how to value my words and respect other's. 

 

 


Selena Peer Ed

Name: Selena

Major: Psychology, Minor in Creative Writing

What I love most about CU Boulder: I love our beautiful campus and the opportunity to learn from some amazing professors!

What I love most about working with CAPS: As a Peer Ed I'm able to interact and have a positive influence on fellow students. I love working with CAPS staff because I'm able to learn new things everyday while having experiences that allow me to grow as a student and a professional.

Our Programs

We offer a wide variety of student-led programming:

  • 20-Minute Stress Break: CAPS volunteers provide quick tips and information on managing stress and guides participants through a relaxation exercise.
  • Stress Your Best: This volunteer-led presentation is designed to help students address stress-related issues such as differentiating “good” stress from “bad” stress, identifying the role of stress in one’s life, and managing/reducing stress.
  • Make Your Own Stress Ball: Using flour, a funnel, and a balloon, this program gives students a chance to make their own stress ball! Volunteers teach students how to make a stress ball while providing resources about stress and anxiety. This interactive activity is a fun stress reliever itself!
  • College Knowledge: This is a 30-minute to 1-hour presentation on how to navigate various aspects of being a college student. Topics include: academic skills, self-care, creating a structure, getting connected in the CU community, and social aspects of college life.
  • CAPS Promotion at Meetings, Events, Tabling: This is a 5-20 minute presentation on CAPS: what we do and how to access our services. We can also set up tables during information events or within residence halls and other buildings on campus with information about all of our services.
  • Interactive Tabling/Games - Topic Specific: Topics include stress, academic skills, and adjustment, as well as other mental health and wellness issues. Our tabling events usually include something interactive such as trivia games, art stations, board games, and other activities.
  • How to Help a Friend Series: CAPS volunteers provide information to students about helping their peers with a variety of concerns from anxiety and body image to healthy communication, suicide prevention, alcohol and other drugs, relationships, adjustment to college, self-esteem, depression, and grief/loss.
  • The Roommate Challenge: Think you know your roommate, friend, or peer? Test your knowledge and learn more during this fun and energetic challenge! This activity, which involves an upbeat partner game, is especially recommended for residence halls and student organizations.