Peer Listeners is made up of Whitman students who are committed to listening to and helping their peers. We are not professionals, rather, we are students who have been trained extensively in peer counseling in order to provide a beneficial service to the student community. Although Peer Listeners is under the auspices of the Whitman Counseling Center, it is entirely student-staffed and directed. Any student can become a Peer Listener by attending a 12 week training available both Fall and Spring semesters. Areas covered in trainings include listening skills, problem solving, crisis management, and referral. Special topics, e.g., suicide, loss and grief, eating disorders, depression/anxiety, sexual assault are also covered in training. Each semester the group works on a fun project that promotes positive mental health and connects us to the larger student community.
Adviser: Marie Metheny (firstname.lastname@example.org)