The new Student Mentor Program at Santa Monica College is accepting applicants. Gain valuable experience and help the SMC community!
The Student Mentor Program is currently accepting applications for talented and motivated SMC students who will serve as peer-to-peer mentors for the 2014/2015 academic year. Students selected for the program will receive training on skills including basic counseling, active listening, crisis intervention, conflict resolution and supporting mental health. Students must be able to attend training sessions that will take place on four Fridays in May 2014 (each Friday, excluding May 23, for 4 hours per day). Training will include the "Mental Health First Aid" curriculum, an internationally recognized mental health program.
Applicants should be motivated to learn about mental health-related skills and build competence in providing these services. These skills will be especially valuable for students aiming to pursue a career in counseling, clinical and social work-related fields. Applicants must commit to attending all training sessions in May, an orientation meeting in the fall of 2014, and at least two hours of volunteer mentoring each week during the 2014/2015 academic year.
To apply, students should submit 1) a one-page personal statement explaining why they would be a good fit for this program 2) a résumé and 3) one letter of recommendation. The personal statement should also name at least one SMC professor as a reference (this may be the same person as your letter of recommendation). Please send all materials (including letters of recommendation) to studentmentor.SMC@gmail.com. Please send all attachments in word compatible (.doc or .docx) format.
The deadline to apply is March 20th.
The Student Mentor Program is a collaboration between Psychological Services and the Psychology Department at Santa Monica College.
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