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Mental Health Peer Job Application

MENTAL HEALTH PEER
JOB DESCRIPTION

Mental Health Peers (MHP) are hired, for a paid position, for one academic year (September – June) and work as a part of the Mental Health Peer Program (MHPP) of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). MHP are available to assist students in acquiring new strategies for coping with the stressors of daily life. MHP are trained in basic counseling skills and provide students with support, stress management techniques, and peer advising on mental health related issues and concerns. Peers provide drop in-counseling, an individualized School Anxiety Program (SAP), workshops, outreach services, and assisting students with the relaxation rooms. The Mental Health Peer Program (MHPP) also provides many resources, such as brochures on a variety of topics, relaxation media, and “passive bulletin displays” available for check out on relevant topics. MHP assist with these resources by providing general guidance and directing students to specific resources or making referrals to staff psychologists when appropriate.

OFFICE HOURS
Mental Health Peers are expected to work up an average of 10 hours per week for 10 weeks of the quarter, 6-7 of which are office hours at CAPS. MHPP operational hours are determined on a quarter by quarter basis based on the availability of the current MHP.
OUTREACH
MHP take part in campus-wide outreach efforts, which require a good deal of planning and organization. Duties include educating students about mental health resources on campus through tabling at various campus events and fairs, developing a liaison project with different areas of campus, disseminating information through campus newsletters, and updating our website. Peers co-lead workshops during the quarter. These workshops are for student groups, organizations, and clubs including sororities and fraternities, campus residence halls, and athletic teams. Attendance at the workshops can range from 5 to 200 students. Peers should demonstrate an ability to lead groups and make presentations. They will also help with advertising our Test Anxiety Program by making announcements, contacting professors, and coordinating with Housing and Residential Services.
STAFF MEETINGS
There are weekly staff meetings and monthly professional development meetings that are mandatory. Meetings are scheduled each quarter after individual class schedules are confirmed. These meetings will provide MHP with direction and supervision, as well as provide an opportunity to develop new skills and resume building experiences.
 

Important Dates:
1)  Information Sessions (recommended but not required): 
Thursday, 1/19/17, 5-6pm in Building 599,  the CAPS main building OR
Wednesday 1/25/17, 12-1pm in Building 599,  the CAPS main building
2)  Application submission deadline: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 by 11:59pm (no late applications will be considered)
3)  Group Interview:  Thursday, April 6, 2017 (required only if invited) 
4)  Individual Interview: By individual invitation (required only if invited)                     

* Please note - there is a MANDATORY 40-hour training week that is required for all peers, which will be the week prior to the start of Fall Quarter 

** If you are selected for the position, you must be able to attend the entire week of training, no exceptions.

The application process is as follows:
1)     The application is available on Orgsync. Complete the application form, which includes your contact information, four essay questions, a letter of recommendation, and your resume. 
                                       https://orgsync.com/43514/forms/234055
2)     Be sure to follow the directions on the application itself carefully so that you submit it accurately. If you have any questions, please email Gladys Koscak at gladys.koscak@sa.ucsb.edu. 
3)    Once applications have been reviewed, after the deadline for submission, all applicants will be contacted. 


This form closed on March 8, 2017 11:59 PM PST