Apply to be a CAPS Peer Educator!

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is now accepting applications for its exciting new Peer Education Program (PEP)!  Five volunteer CAPS Peer Educators will be selected for this coming Winter and Spring terms, 2014.

Applications are due by Friday, November 15, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.  Late applications will not be accepted.  Please email your complete application to Emilie Cate, Ph.D. at eecate@ucsc.edu. All applicants will be notified by December 13th if they are invited to a brief in-person interview in January 2014.

What is CAPS looking for? UCSC undergraduates who are. . .

  • Enthusiastic, caring, collaborative, and flexible
  • Interested in increasing awareness and de-stigmatizing mental health issues and treatment
  • Dedicated to helping other students on-campus to increase their well-being through education
  • Committed to stigma reduction and diversity

CAPS Peer Educator Job Description

Responsibilities of a Peer Educator:

  • Contribute original content to the CAPS blog and newsletter on relevant topics for students
  • Develop your own project focused on stigma reduction and mental health awareness
  • Assist with other projects and special events as needed
  • Promote CAPS events in collaboration with the Marketing Team
  • Commit 2 – 6  hours weekly to PEP activities, including mandatory Friday morning meetings (9:30 – 10:50 a.m.) and trainings.  The weekly hourly commitment will vary depending on events or special projects, with occasional evening/weekend hours possible
  • CAPS Peer Educators will NOT be trained as counselors or providing any counseling-related services

Benefits of being a Peer Educator:

  • Free certification in Mental Health First Aid
  • Trainings from CAPS staff on a variety of topics
  • Opportunities to develop skills in leadership, communication, and training
  • Opportunity to attend a statewide Peer Education Conference in Southern California during Spring term (dates TBA)
  • Opportunity to help UCSC students to become more aware about mental health issues

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Be available Friday mornings (9:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.) Winter and Spring terms for mandatory staff meetings and trainings
  • Attend two five-hour trainings for Mental Health First Aid certification (two Fridays mornings in Jan/Feb, schedule to be announced)
  • If you are selected, you are making a two term commitment throughout Winter term and Spring term 2014.

CAPS Peer Educator Application

Directions:  To apply, please cut and paste the following questions into a word document, and email to: eecate@ucsc.edu.

Please do not apply if you are not available Friday mornings (9:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.) during Winter and Spring term 2014 for mandatory staff meetings and trainings

First name:

Last name:

Preferred name/nickname:

Student ID#:

  1. Local phone number:
  2. Is it okay to leave a message at this number?
  3. UCSC student email address:
  4. Local Address:
  5. Permanent Address:
  6. Enrollment status (full/part-time?):
  7. Class status in Winter 2014 [Freshman/Sophomore/Junior/Senior/Other (specify)]:
  8. Race/ethnicity (optional):
  9. Gender identity (optional):
  10. How did you hear about the CAPS Peer Education Program?
  11. Have you ever been convicted of a crime other than minor traffic violations (yes or no?  If yes, please explain):
  12. Are you currently on academic probation (yes or no?)

Essay Questions

Please limit your answers to 1-2 paragraphs maximum.

  1. Why are you interested in becoming a CAPS Peer Educator?
  2. What experience do you have with helping others, such as volunteer work, courses, jobs, trainings, being an RA, or anything else that could be related? (We are looking for examples beyond being a good listener to your friends.)
  3. Specifically, why do you think you would be an excellent CAPS Peer Educator?
  4. Please briefly list your estimated commitments for Winter and Spring terms 2014 (expected number of units, work hours, extracurricular activities, etc).
  5. Please describe how you manage your own stress and include the following:  What strategies have you found to be successful in managing your stress?  What do you find challenging about your own stress management?
  6. Highlight one issue affecting college students today that you feel passionate about.
  7. Is there anything else you would like us to know about you?

Applications are due by Friday, November 15, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.  Late applications will not be accepted.  Please email your complete application to Emilie Cate, Ph.D. at eecate@ucsc.edu.  All applicants will be notified by December 13th if they are invited to a brief in-person interview in January 2014.

Thank you for your interest in the new CAPS Peer Education Program (PEP)!

We are excited to receive your application!

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