Become a Peer Counselor
Are you interested in becoming a Peer Counselor? You may have many questions about what it means to be a Peer Counselor and how to apply. We hope to address many of your questions here.
What is Peer Counseling?
The Peer Counseling Helpline is a free, confidential, and anonymous phone service available to all undergraduate and graduate students who wish to share a problem, need referral information, or just want to talk to an unbiased listener. The service is staffed by student volunteers who are trained active listeners and who are knowledgeable about the campus resources available to assist students.
What qualities do I need to be a Peer Counselor?
Peer Counselors should be dedicated, empathetic and committed to helping others. We want individuals who are able to problem solve without sharing personal information, experiences, opinions or values.
Will I get paid?
Unfortunately, no. We ask Drexel students to volunteer their time to help others.
Can only certain majors participate?
You might think that you have to be a psychology major in order to be a Peer Counselor. However, that is not the case. All majors are welcome to apply.
What are the benefits of being a Peer Counselor?
Peer Counselors gain skills in active listening and problem solving that can be applied to many real life situations. They also receive the good feeling of helping others, while interacting with other peer counselors. This service can also be used as a reference for employers and graduate schools.
What are the requirements and expectations to be a Peer Counselor?
Upon signing up to volunteer, there is an application and interviewing process along with a mandatory, intensive training seminar that is broken up over a Friday and Saturday. Each student is expected to be on shift for between 2 - 4 hours per week. There are also mandatory bi-weekly staff meetings designed to help refine active listening skills.
For how long do I have to volunteer?
While there is no limit, it is expected that newly accepted applicants volunteer for two terms before leaving. This way you are able to gain valuable experience that can benefit both callers and other Peer Counselors who may look to you for guidance.
How can I apply to be a Peer Counselor?
The Peer Counseling Helpline recruits for new Peer Counselors twice per year, usually in the fall and spring quarters. Please check back during that time!