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  • Locations: Oberlin, United States
  • Program Terms: Winter Term
  • Restrictions: Oberlin applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
WT Program Focus: Academic Focus, Community Engagement, Personal Development
Program Description:
Project Description:
Introduction to Peer Helping Skills 1 is the first of two courses designed to enable students to build skills for both formal peer helping roles (RA, peer mentor, etc...) and being a supportive friend and good listener in general. Modes of instruction will include outside readings and reflections, lecture-discussions, guest presenters and interactive experiential activities, such as role play. IPHS 1 focuses on foundational helping topics such as self-awareness, self-care, active listening, communication, identity, interpersonal dynamics, stress management, community-building, social justice, emotional wellness, sexuality, referral processes and campus resources. This course is the pre-requisite for IPHS 2 (LEAD 202), and both are required for student interested in peer listener position at the the Peer Support Center.  One or both courses are also strongly recommended to applicants for positions as an RA, peer mentor and other campus jobs.  Skills learned are applicable in a broad range of situations working with other people, including musical ensembles, athletic teams, science labs, student organizations, etc... and applicable to professions such as education, law, business, medicine, psychology, public health and social work.  The course will include classroom sessions most weekdays of winter term for 2 hours along with a separately scheduled required small group skills lab hour, daily readings, written reflections and a final project.

There is no fee for this project.

 Number of students: 

Dates: January 6th - January 28th, 2020
Project Sponsor:
Matthew Hayden (
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This program is currently not accepting applications.