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Peer Wellness Team

The Peer Wellness Team at IU Kokomo exists to promote wellness through teaching better planning, strategic preparation, and prevention strategies to improve student performance as a whole person.

This is accomplished through a variety of peer education strategies including:

  • Mental health screenings at campus events
  • Collaboration with Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and the Accessibility Center on outreach events – such as the therapy dog de-stress days and disability awareness days.
  • Educating the campus on issues of mental illness and various disabilities to help reduce stigma.
  • Developing activities and programs to help students deal with common issues such as time and stress management, study skills, and more.

Who is on the Peer Wellness Team?

The team is comprised of undergraduate students and sponsored by the CAPS office and Ashlee Shoaff from the Accessibility Center.

How can the Peer Wellness Team be useful for you?

Students – the team is available for peer counseling four days per week. They provide workshops on various topics – to request a workshop on a particular topic please email bethbarn@iuk.edu.

Faculty – the team can provide workshops on a variety of topics or can give in class presentations about stress management, time management, study skills, or test anxiety.

How can I be a part of the Peer Wellness Team?

The team is selected on April 1 of each spring. Applications are due on March 15. Please contact Beth Barnett at bethbarn@iuk.edu for application materials.

What are the requirements to be a part of the Peer Wellness Team?

  • Must be sophomore or beyond in academic standing by the time the team begins meeting in the fall.
  • Must have a 3.0 GPA or higher.
  • Must be available to meet for one hour, weekly, on campus, between 9-5 throughout the academic year.
  • Must be able to commit a minimum of 4 hours per week for the academic year (1 hour for meeting, 1-2 hours for peer counseling, and 1 hour committed to outreach activities).
  • Must be able to meet one time per month over the summer.
  • Must be able to provide one letter of recommendation from a supervisor or faculty.
  • All majors welcome.
Last updated: 12/19/2016