Wellness Peer Education Program

2014-15 Wellness Peer Educators
FRONT: Tenaya Senzaki, Vivian Zagarese, Dr. Erin Bartelma, Victoria Le, Natalie Stewart, Josh Simpson

BACK: Sarah Feteih, Dr. Meg Stein, Alex Bilski, Taylor Valdivia, Anna Arzuyan, Marlee Kongthong, Dr. Tiffany O'Meara and guest

The Wellness Peer Education Story

The CAPS Wellness Peer Educator Program was started in the 2004-2005 school year. The goal of the Wellness Peer Education program is to educate fellow students about mental health and wellness, reduce stigma and spread awareness of Counseling and Psychological Services on campus. Wellness Peer Educators participate in All Peer training in basic counseling skills, group facilitation, crisis management and ethics, and how to construct and implement outreach and workshop presentations. The Wellness Peer Educators host a number of events throughout the year, including:

  • National Depression Screening Day
  • National Sleep Awareness Week "Sweet Dreams" Event
  • Spring Quarter "Stress Free Zone"
  • Building Healthy Relationship Workshops
  • Tabling events to educate students about CAPS services
  • Peer educator recruitment


The Wellness Peer Educators also plan, develop, advertise and deliver psycho-educational workshops and interactive presentations related to mental health and wellness. Topics include:

  • Academic Success Strategies: Goal Setting, Procrastination Busters & Managing Test Anxiety
  • Assertiveness Training
  • Body BFF: The Media, Body Image, and Eating Disorders
  • Building Social Confidence
  • Communicating Love and Appreciation in Relationships
  • Creating Meaning, & Learning to Increase Optimism and Hope
  • Financial Wellness
  • Love and Healthy Relationships
  • Mindfulness/Mindful Walking
  • The Ex-Factor: Integrating Exercise into your Life
  • Recognizing Depression and Anxiety
  • Relaxation Training
  • Healthy Sleeping 101
  • Stress Management
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Time Management

Some of the groups the Wellness Peer Educators have presented to include:

  • Course lectures/discussion sections
  • Emerging Leaders Program
  • Express to Success
  • Fraternities and Sororities
  • Jenna Druck Foundation
  • Psi-Chi
  • Resident Advisor Training
  • Student Health Advocates
  • UCSD Residence Halls

If you are interested in scheduling a workshop from the Wellness Peer Educators, please click on the Request a Program tab on this page.

If you are interested in becoming a peer educator for the Wellness Peer Education program, please click on the Be a Wellness Peer Educator tab on this page. Applications are typically accepted in mid-April for the next academic year. There will be an Information Session about the program and application process each April, so check back for specifics regarding time and location.

Wellness Peer Education FAQ's

What is peer education?

Peer education involves UCSD students providing education and outreach to other students.  We believe that student peer education is a strong and important avenue to provide information on topics important and applicable to UCSD students: mental health wellness and women's issues. Peer education provides unique experiences for students to receive training in teaching, presentation, and basic counseling skills.  In addition, these students then provide valuable resources and information to the UCSD community through workshop/outreach presentations, group forums, and individual meetings with students.

Many of our past Peer Educators have attended or gone to graduate school in areas of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, Medicine, Social Work, and even Engineering. There's something for everyone!

What is the Wellness Peer Education Program?

Led by Dr. Tiffany O'Meara, The Wellness Peer Education Program offers unique programming and training experiences. These groups typically meet weekly to discuss training, program development, and program planning.  In addition, the peer educators meet for an "all-peer training," in which the peers are provided extensive training in basic counseling skills, group facilitation, crisis management and ethics, and how to construct and implement outreach/workshops presentations.

What is the time commitment to be a Wellness Peer Educator?

Wellness Peer Educators typically devote from 3-6 hours per week throughout the academic year.  During the start of the Fall quarter, there are two extensive "all-peer training" sessions that require approximately 6 total hours.

What types of programs or presentations do Wellness Peer Educators provide?

The Wellness Peer Education Program provides outreach presentations for a wide variety of issues (related to the program's theme). Listed is a sample of recent programs and trainings provided with the peer education program:

  • National Depression Screening Day
  • Stress Management Workshops
  • National Sleep Awareness Week "Sweet Dreams" Event
  • Biofeedback and Relaxation Training Workshops
How do I become a peer educator?
THIS YEAR'S INFORMATION SESSION (TO BE A 2016-17 PEER EDUCATOR) WAS:
  • ON MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2016
  • AT THE REVELLE COLLEGE FORMAL LOUNGE (NEXT TO 64 DEGREES DINING HALL)
  • FROM 6-7PM
  • CLICK TO DONWLOAD FLYER!
APPLY TO BE A 2016-17 PEER EDUCATOR:
  • The deadline to submit your online application was 12 NOON on Friday, April 15, 2016.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Erin Bartelma at 858-822-0155.

Request a Wellness Peer Education Program

If you are interested in scheduling a workshop from the Wellness Peer Educators, please complete the online Wellness Peer Educator Program Request Form below. For general information about our programs, please contact our Program Director Dr. Tiffany O’Meara at tmomeara@ucsd.edu.

Coming Soon!

Be a Peer Educator!

If you are interested in becoming a Peer Educator, you can apply online in the upcoming Spring quarter! Each Spring, we offer an Peer Education information session. During this information session, you can find out more about the Wellness Peer Educator Program, impressions from the peer educators and coordinators, and other useful information.

THIS YEAR'S INFORMATION SESSION (TO BE A 2016-17 PEER EDUCATOR) WILL BE:
  • ON MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2016
  • AT THE REVELLE COLLEGE FORMAL LOUNGE (NEXT TO 64 DEGREES DINING HALL)
  • FROM 6-7PM
  • CLICK TO DONWLOAD FLYER!
APPLY TO BE A 2016-17 PEER EDUCATOR:
  • The deadline to submit your online application was 12 NOON on Friday, April 15, 2016.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Erin Bartelma at 858-822-0155.

If you have questions about becoming a peer educator, please contact us at wpe@ucsd.edu.