Peer Education Programs

The 2017-2018 Peer Educator

applications will be available

on February 2nd, 2017


WHO ARE PEER EDUCATORS?


 

 
Being a peer educator doesn’t mean you have to be perfect, it means that you care about the health and safety of your fellow Terps! The University Health Center Peer Educators are highly skilled and thoroughly trained to provide fun and interactive presentations and programs for the UMD community!  Presentations can be requested for the classroom, residence halls, student organizations, athletic teams, and more! 

 

 

There are four awesome peer education groups available for you to consider:

All of the following peer educator groups will collaborate to educate the campus community
on bystander intervention using the Step UP! Model.  The college environment yields many opportunities for both intentional and unintentional dangerous, problematic, or violent behavior.


Step UP! is an interactive training that introduces the concept of bystander intervention. Participants learn to evaluate these challenging situations and determine how to safely intervene using one of the 3D’s (Direct, Distract, and Delegate).  This workshop empowers audience members with the awareness skills and tools to help prevent harmful situations
from occurring or escalating on our campus

The SHARE (Sexual Health and Reproductive Education) Peer Education program serves to encourage sexual health and wellness by providing education, support, resources, and collaborative programming for the campus community. Our goal is to empower students to make informed decisions regarding their sexual wellbeing and to encourage a responsible and respectful foundation upon which they can successfully build throughout their adult lives. We strive to be inclusive of the infinite ways that folks choose to use, express, and identify their sexual selves. 

The SHARE peer program serves to increase students' knowledge of sexuality, contraceptive options, reproductive health, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI's), HIV/AIDS, safer sexual behaviors, testing options, affirming communication and relationship skills, as well as University Health Center’s Sexual Health and other incredible services. 


SHARE Presentations Include:

  • The Ins and Outs of Safer Sex – A crash course on sexually transmitted infection (STI) basics! Learn about transmission, signs and symptoms, testing, treatment, protection, and prevention.
  • Safer Sex Workshop – A high energy program with entertaining and educational games that cover safer sex basics.


The SUPER (formerly CHOICES) Peer Education Program aims to provide fact-based information about alcohol and other drug use, so that students are better prepared to make informed decisions that can reduce harmful consequences for themselves and others. Peer educators present interactive workshops to classes, residence halls, Greek life organizations, and other campus groups. Topics covered include the effects of alcohol and other drugs (specifically marijuana and prescription drug use), warning signs of problematic drinking, guidelines for responsible drinking, and most importantly, alcohol poisoning identification and response, among others.


SUPER Presentations Include:

  • Alcohol 101 – A highly interactive presentation that provides students with relevant information to make responsible choices regarding alcohol use, including information on alcohol poisoning and the Responsible Action Policy at UMD. Prescription drugs, and tobacco, which will arm students with information so they can make responsible choices regarding substance use.


The HEALTH Works (Helping Establish a Lifestyle that Works) Peer Education program is designed to increase student awareness of general wellness as it pertains to stress management, time management, mental health, body image, and more. HEALTH Works peers provide opportunities for UMD students to focus on personal growth and enlightenment through programs such as Month of Gratitude (November) and Love Your Body Month (February). 

HEALTH Works Presentations Include:

  • The Mind/Body Connection – A must have workshop discussing how wellness impacts the mind and body while providing active demonstrations of relaxation skills. Other topics to be discussed include stress management, time management, and sleep.
  • It’s Time to Talk about Mental Health – An important conversation about mental health on campus. The discussion will include mental health facts, where to seek help on campus, helping a friend in need, addressing stigma, and much more.


The CARE (Campus Advocates Respond and Educate to Stop Violence) office provides three peer opportunities to address issues surrounding sexual violence in our community:

CARE Peer Educators facilitate presentations and workshops and participate in a variety of outreach events on campus. Presentations and events include: 

  • Sexual ViolenceDefining consent, reading or True Stories, and how to help a friend.

  • Relationship Violence Defining relationship violence, power and control, and the Cycle of Violence.
  • StalkingWhat constitutes stalking, use of technology, and dispelling myths.
  • The Clothesline Project (October & April)
  • Take Back the Night (April)

CARE Peer Advocates work directly with survivors of sexual relationship and stalking violence to provide support, resources, and referrals.

CARE’s Outreach Team is responsible for educating the campus community about the CARE office and other campus resources for survivors and supporters.

THOSE INTERESTED IN JOINING THE CARE ADVOCATE OR CARE OUTREACH PROGRAMS WILL GO THROUGH A SEPARATE INTERVIEW PROCESS.

IF YOU ARE INTERSETED IN JOINING THESE PROGRAMS PLEASE APPLY THROUGH THE PEER EDUCATOR PROGRAM LINK, AND SELECT YES ON THE LAST QUESTION. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERS PLEASE EMAIL: uhc-care@umd.edu



INTERESTED IN BECOMING A PEER EDUCATOR?

Know what you should expect before you apply.


 

Training and Commitment:

Training for the University Health Center Peer Educator program requires a 40-hour training to be held August 21 – 25, 2017 from 9am-5pm daily. Ongoing supervision and training is integrated into the program through course and lab work. Attendance of all training and class sessions is mandatory for the program.

Peer Educators register for:

  • Fall - PEER31X (3 credits) Monday 4-5pm & Wednesday 4-6pm
  • Spring - PEER32X (3 credits) Monday 4-5pm & Wednesday 4-6pm

*Both courses count as major electives for Behavioral and Community Health and Public Health Science majors. PEER32X   courses count towards Scholarship in Practice General Education requirements.

*Students who can only commit to one semester will need to disclose and discuss this during the interview process.

Peer Educators should expect to commit an average of 3 to 5 hours each week (including class time).

Prerequisites:

Previous relevant coursework and work or volunteer experience is helpful but not necessary. You must be available to attend the August training as well as weekly class meetings during the semester. Students who have classes that conflict with part of training or classtime will not be able to participate in this program

Application procedure:

Applications for the 2017-2018 school year will be available on February 2nd, 2017.