What Does a Peer Coach Do?
Student Success Coaching (SSC) provides a unique opportunity for students interested in gaining practical experience in a paraprofessional counseling role. Peer coaches hold approximately four hours of appointments in the Center for Student Success each week, and generally work with 8-10 clients during peak SSC times.
Peer coaches work primarily with students who are placed on scholastic probation, have mid-term deficiencies, or are directly referred to SSC by faculty and staff.
All peer coaches must have successfully completed an upper division course, MFTS 365: Current Approaches to Peer Assistance. You may apply to be a peer coach while concurrently taking MFTS 365. Students selected as peer coaches must then enroll in MFTS 366: Applied Experience in Peer Assistance in which they receive ongoing training and intensive supervision throughout their experience.
For detailed descriptions of the required courses, download the following PDF file: MFTS 365 and MFTS 366
Enroll This Fall
MFTS 365: Current Approaches to Peer Assistance (Fall 2013)
Meeting Time: Tues. & Thur. 9:15 am - 10:35 am
This course exposes students to practical application of theoretical concepts and empirical data related to student wellness, academic success, adaptation to college and peer counseling. The course also provides students with an introduction to peer counseling skills and offers a framework for the implementation of programming, outreach, and intervention used to address current issues facing college students.
Students interested in being a peer coach for the Fall 2013 semester must have completed MFTS 365 or will need to enroll in MFTS 365 for Fall 2013.
Coaching Success Stories
Clients of Student Success Coaching are not the only success stories! Students who completed the course and became a peer coach have been accepted into graduate programs such as psychology, counseling, marriage and family therapy, social work, and more!
See what former peer coaches have to say about MFTS 365 and the SSC program:
- "I felt very prepared to meet with clients. I think all the videos in the course and all of the role-plays during training really helped, as well as going over issues and how we might handle them, and explaining all of the basic information." (Peer Coach, 2011)
- "I enjoyed everything we were learning in the course and felt like this was a great way to practice the skills in a realistic setting." (Peer Coach, 2011)
- "It's a really good training and discovery program for people who think they want to go into counseling or something in the psychology field." (Peer Coach, 2011)
- "The peer counseling class was the most rewarding class I've taken at USD. I learned the importance of empathy and how one phrase can make someone feel comfortable and heard." (Peer Coach, 2007)
For questions on how to become a peer coach, please contact Merrick Marino or Stephanie Bernasconi in the Center for Student Success:
University Center, Room 114
Phone: (619) 260-5995