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Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC) Peer Educator Program

Business Hours:
Monday thru Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Appointment-Scheduling hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-4:00pm
Phone: (512) 471-3515 - Student Services Building 5th Floor
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Become a CMHC Peer Educator!

The CMHC Peer Educator program accepts new applicants each spring semester. Applicants will complete a written application and may be selected for an interview. Applicants will be notified if they are accepted in advance of registration for the following fall semester.

The application for the CMHC Peer Educator program is now open. Applications close March 31st.

Questions? Contact us at

"I have enjoyed getting to know everyone in the class so well and really feel like a team, all working towards a common goal. I look forward to it every week!" - CMHC Peer Educator

"Since taking the class, I feel more equipped to approach mental illness topics… It has been a great experience and I’m excited to share what we know on campus!" - CMHC Peer Educator

The goal of the Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC) Peer Education Program is to actively engage students in building the skills necessary to be effective mental health promotion leaders on campus. To fulfill this goal, CMHC has created a new academic course called Peer Health Leadership - Mental Health Promotion (HED 360K/SW 352K).

Students in the course gain an understanding of public health theory as well as mental health promotion. Students learn strategies to promote a campus culture where positive mental health is valued and practiced. Peer Educators have the opportunity to learn about and act on a variety of mental health topics impacting college students. Students involved in the Peer Education Program gain skills and experiences in these areas:

  • Foundational topics in public health practice
  • Promoting self-care
  • Happiness
  • Resilience
  • Bystander intervention
  • Coping skills
  • Mental health content areas affecting college students such as stress management, perfectionism, anxiety, depression
  • Leadership skills including group facilitation and public speaking

2016-2017 Peer Educator Profiles

2015-2016 Peer Educator Profiles

2014-2015 Peer Educator Profiles

Questions? If you have questions, please contact the course instructor, Michelle Emery at

Program Outline and Requirements

  • Peer educators must commit to three consecutive long semesters (fall-spring-fall).
  • There are no academic prerequisites for the Peer Educator program.
  • During the first semester, all peer educators enroll in HED 352K or SW 360K, a three credit hour academic course, to prepare to be a peer educator through discussions, lectures, readings, assignments and interactive exercises. Some activities are held outside of normal class times.
  • During the first semester, new peer educators shadow veteran peer educators for 10 hours of volunteer service.
  • In the following spring, peer educators take a one credit hour course, and complete 30 hours of volunteer service that semester. These hours may include delivering workshops, staffing CMHC tables at outreach events, attending CMHC events, and many other opportunities.
  • In the final fall semester, peer educators take a one credit hour course, and complete 30 hours of volunteer service that semester. Following this fall semester, students will be invited to join an ongoing volunteer pool of students to deliver future workshops, providing continuing leadership opportunities and optimizing CMHC efforts to positively impact campus culture around mental health.
  • Volunteer hours are completed through attending outreach events for CMHC, presentations, planning meetings, program development and committee participation.
Course Credit
Required Service Hours
1 (fall) 3 hours 10 HED 378D/
SW 360K
2 (spring) 1 hour 30 HED 178E
3 (fall) 1 hour 30 ED 178F

Questions? If you have questions, please contact the course instructor, Michelle Emery at

We're here for you.    We recognize that many UT students are being impacted by historical and recent events. The CMHC holds firm to the university’s values and commitment to diversity and inclusion. Our staff are here to help students navigate through these times. Click here to learn about our resources.

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