Course Description

SA081A Peer Advocates: This course is a 2 consecutive hours per week course that consists of a one hour lecture component and a one hour discussion section that includes experiential demonstration and practice of counseling skills learned in lecture. This course will expose you to the basic skills necessary to engage in a supportive consultation with a distressed peer. You will learn about basic listening and attending skills and, by the end of the quarter, will be trained in Campus Connect which provides you with the knowledge and skills necessary to engage with a peer who endorses suicidal thoughts. As part of this course you will also meet with Mark Stapf on a Saturday during the term to learn CPR/First Aid. 

SA081B Peer Advocates: This course is a 2 consecutive hours per week course that consists of a one hour lecture and one hour of discussion/role play practice. Guest speakers will also present on mental health topics of their specialty. This course will expose students to the different mental health concerns common to the university population and to Caltech and they will learn how to recognize and support their struggling peers in the role of peer advocate. Course topics include relationships and intimate partner violence, substance abuse, sexual assault, depression, eating disorders, suicide, depression, LGBTQ issues, and grief and bereavement.