Mental Health Peer Educator -Student Hourly

Position Overview

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) contributes to the educational mission of the University by assisting students in meeting personal, social, and academic challenges as they negotiate their college careers. CAPS Clinical Service provides programs designed to increase awareness and educate students about important issues related to life skills, adjustment, and college life. It also works closely with offices within Student Affairs and other University offices.

CAPS is seeking Mental Health Peer Educators who will provide outreach and support services to students, student organizations, classrooms, and departments of the campus community for the 2024-2025 academic year.

Job Description

HOPE@CAPS Mental Health Peer Educators (MHPE) provide KU-Lawrence students with support, referrals to CAPS and/or other campus resources, drop in peer listening, outreach and programming, and will assist with developing marketing materials for CAPS (e.g., social media, posters). MHPE are expected to work an average of 10 hours per week each semester with required training/orientation time prior to the start of Fall semester. Regular weekly meetings are required as are occasional evening and weekend times. MHPE are trained in listening skills, program presentation, BAACHUS peer educator training, risk assessment and suicide prevention, and other relevant topics from CAPS licensed staff/invited professionals throughout the academic year. The position requires 10 hours per week including weekly supervision and monthly trainings and will offer an hourly salary of $12. Anticipated start date is August 19, 2024 and will require a commitment for the entire 2024-2025 academic year.

Required Qualifications

  • Undergraduate or graduate students in good academic standing and enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours at KU. Possess leadership and teamwork skills (i.e. self-motivated, well-organized, able to share responsibility, assertive, receptive to feedback, creative thinking) as well as basic presentation and communication skills as evident of the application material.
  • Schedules must be flexible to provide outreach services on days/times requested by campus organizations or departments and drop-in peer listening hours, as permitted by class schedule.
  • Applicants must be able to attend required weekly MHPE team meeting.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience and interest in working in college mental health.
  • Openness to learning about self and others .
  • Effective and empathetic listening skills.
  • Interest in increasing awareness about mental health issues and treatment.

Additional Candidate Instructions

REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION: Interested applicants should apply at Complete applications include cover letter, 3 references, and a detailed class schedule. If you have any questions, please contact Eric Lowery, Outreach Coordinator at

Contact Information to Applicants

If you have any questions, please contact Eric Lowery, Outreach Coordinator at

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Anticipated Start Date

Monday August 19, 2024

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Posting Information

  • Posting ID:  27467BR
  • Department:  Counseling/Psych Svcs
  • Primary Campus:  University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
  • Reg/Temp:  Temporary
  • Employee Class:  S-Student

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