• Tabling at the UMC fountain
    CAPS Peer Educator Tabling
  • Tabling at Norlin Library
    CAPS Peer Educators with Practicum Students
  • Fall 2016 Peer Educators
    Fall 2016 Peer Educators

CAPS 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.

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 Kritika Dwivedi 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.


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. 



We offer a wide variety of student-led programming:
  • 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.
  • Tame Your Anxiety: This can be a presentation or tabling event. This program will teach students to understand stress and anxiety, about the physicological and emotional effects of anxiety, how it relates to academic performance, skills to address anxiety and when to seek help.  
  • 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.
  • Ask the Question: This brief presentation will teach students how to have peer-to-peer conversations about suicidal thoughts. The presentation will help participants understand suicide while learning how to identify and respond to signs that someone may be at risk.
  • How to Help a Friend Series: CAPS peers provide information to students about helping their peers with a variety of concerns from anxiety to healthy communication, suicide prevention, relationships, adjustment to college, self-esteem, depression and grief/loss.