HOPE@CAPS Mental Health Peer Educator

Student Hourly Position Academic Year 2019-2020

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) contributes to the educational mission of the University by assisting students in meeting personal, social, and academic challenges as they negotiate their college careers. CAPS Clinical Service provides programs designed to increase awareness and educate students about important issues related to life skills, adjustment, and college life. It also works closely with offices within Student Affairs and other University offices.

CAPS is seeking Mental Health Peer Educators who will provide outreach and support services to students, student organizations, classrooms, and departments of the campus community for the 2019-2020 academic year.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: HOPE@CAPS Mental Health Peer Educators (MHPE) provide KU-Lawrence students with support, referrals to CAPS and/or other campus resources, drop in peer listening, outreach and programming, and will assist with developing marketing for CAPS (i.e., social media, posters). MHPE are expected to work an average of 10 hours per week each semester with required training/orientation time prior to the start of Fall semester. Regular weekly meetings also are required. MHPE are trained in listening skills, program presentation, Mental Health First Aid in Higher Education, BAACHUS peer educator training, risk assessment and suicide prevention, and other relevant topics from CAPS licensed staff/invited professionals throughout the academic year. The position requires 10 hours per week including weekly supervision and monthly trainings and will offer an hourly salary of $10. Anticipated start date is August 19, 2018 and will require a commitment for the entire 2019-2020 academic year. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Undergraduate or graduate students in good academic standing and enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours at KU. Possess leadership and teamwork skills (i.e. self-motivated, well-organized, able to share responsibility, assertive, receptive to feedback, creative thinking) as well as basic presentation and communication skills. Ability to work with a diverse team is required. Schedules must be flexible to provide outreach services on days/times requested by campus organizations or departments and drop-in peer listening hours, as permitted by class schedule. Applicants must be able to attend required weekly MHPE team meeting.

DESIRED/PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Demonstrated experience and interest in working in college mental health with a diverse student population. Openness to learning about self and others of diverse backgrounds. Effective and empathetic listening skills. Interest in increasing awareness about mental health issues and treatment.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION: Interested applicants should apply at Complete applications include cover letter, 3 references, and a detailed class schedule. Application review begins on April 29rd, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Christian Vargas at


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