Peer Education

The University Counseling Center Peer Education Program consists of seven nationally certified BACCHUS Network peer educators who are committed to improving the well-being of Grand Valley students through education, outreach, and referral.  Click here to learn more about the BACCHUS Network. 

Peer educators receive ongoing professional development on topics relevant to their needs, the needs of the University Counseling Center, and the needs of the larger student body.  Among other areas, they are trained in intervention strategies, listening skills, programming and presentation skills, multiculturalism, self-care, campus resources, and appropriate boundaries.






Peer Educators:

Provide Outreach Programming
Typically provided in residence halls to student groups and organizations. Programming may include such things as educational events and informational seminars. Click the events tab above for a schedule of peer education outreach activities.

Participate in National Screening Day Events
These include Depression Screening Day, Eating Disorder Screening Day, and Alcohol Screening Day, in addition to screening days specific to Grand Valley, such as Sleep Screening Day and Stress Screening Day.  Peer educators assist counseling staff in recruiting students, relaying the benefits of participation, and promoting available campus services.

Represent the University Counseling Center at Campus-Wide Events
In the past, peer educators have attended events such as Rock Against Rape, hosted by the Women’s Center, and Laker Experience Days, hosted by the Office of Admissions.  During these events, peer educators strive to destigmatize mental health services and provide accurate information about the University Counseling Center and other campus supports.

Promote Social Justice
Our Peer Educators coordinate events around Unnatural Causes, a documentary that explores the disparities in health and health care availability based on race, gender, age, and socioeconomic standing.

If you would like peer educators to present for your student group or organization, please fill out a request for outreach programming and indicate your interest in peer education in the Comments section. You can access the request form HERE. If you would like to have peer educators represent the University Counseling Center at an event or program, please click on the Tabling Request tab above.

For more information please contact
the Peer Education Coordinator
Melissa Selby-Theut
at 616-331-3266 or