Student peers provide psychoeducational programming and outreach services to the UC Irvine student community.

About the Program

As a major component of the Counseling Center’s consultation and outreach offerings, the Peer Educator Program provides psychoeducational learning experiences for the UC Irvine student community. Peer Educators are committed to teaching skills that will help students to reduce the potential for distressful life experience (primary prevention) and to resolve stressful situations more quickly should they arise.

Peer Educators provide consultation services to various student groups; develop and deliver workshops/training sessions covering a variety of mental health topics, market the services of the Center to the campus community; assist professional staff with outreach programming; assess student need regarding mental health issues; and provide stress management relaxation training to individual students. Peer Educators also complete a special project which contributes to the effectiveness of the Peer Educator Program and the Counseling Center. Peers receive group supervision from the program instructor/coordinator and Associate Coordinators on a weekly basis and individual consultation as needed.

Workshop Requests

If you would like to request the Peer Educators to present a workshop to your organization, class, club, etc. please fill out the request form as thoroughly as possible. Click on link.

What to expect from Peer Educator Workshops:

  • One hour long workshops on psychoeducational topics
  • Printed packets will be provided to each attendee
  • Interactive dialogues as opposed to PowerPoint or Keynote lectures
  • We will do our best to accommodate both your needs and ours
  • We will let you know promptly if we are unable to complete your request

Friends Helping Friends Seminars

Friends Helping Friends seminars, presented by the UC Irvine Counseling Center Peer Educators, provide psycho-educational advice and training for students who are interested in increasing their social, self-management and helping skills. The seminars, covering a wide range of topics, will assist you in developing skills that will enable you to identify and support a friend in distress. There is no cost for this program and it is open to all UC Irvine students.

Students who attend a minimum of five (5) psycho-educational seminars will receive a Friends Helping Friends certificate and will be honored at an awards ceremony. To download the Friends Helping Friends shedule click on the link.

Spring Seminars:

  1. Living Together

    Date: Monday, April 10, 2017 • Time: 7:00-8:00pm • Location: Doheny Beach C

    For many, the college experience includes living with others. This workshop is designed to help you develop better relationships with your roommate (s) and make living together a positive experience.

  2. Conflict Resolution 

    Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 • Time: 7:00-8:00pm • Location: Moss Cove A

    We sometimes have conflicts, and it is important to deal with potential disputes before they become key triggers of stress. Learn and practice ways to deal with conflict before it damages or destroys a relationship.

  3. Time Management, Procrastination & Study Skills

    Date: Monday, April 17, 2017 • Time: 7:00-8:00pm • Location: Moss Cove A

    Not enough time in a day; too many tasks on your plate?Discover ways to manage your priorities and overcome procrastination by setting your goals ahead of time.

  4. Test Anxiety & Stress Management

    Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 • Time: 7:00-8:00pm • Location: Moss Cove A

    Anxiety and stress can be overwhelming and affect your performance in school and daily life. Explore practical techniques that can help you reduce stress, better prepare for your exams, and cope with stress.

  5. Communication/Assertiveness Training

    Date: Monday, April 24, 2017 • Time: 7:00-8:00pm • Location: Moss Cove A

    Communciations is essential in many aspects of our lives, including our interpersonal relationships and public speaking. Gain assertive skills that can help you to convery your needs and goals, while considering the needs and goals of others.

  6. Social Relationships

    Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 • Time: 7:00-8:00pm • Location: Moss Cove B

    Maintaining healthy and mutually beneficial relationships is important. Primary foci will be on 1) understanding yourself and your needs regarding the relationship, and 2) good communication skills in a successful relationship.

  7. Community Building 

    Date: Monday, May 1, 2017 • Time: 7:00-8:00pm • Location: Moss Cove A

    Getting involved on campus and joining organizations can be a big part of student's life. We will work together on figuring out the different ways on how to build a strong, cohesive team.

  8. Grief

    Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 • Time: 7:00-8:00pm • Location: Moss Cove A

    Loss is difficult: the death of a loved family member, the loss of a cherished relationship, the loss of a highly expected opportunity. Learn to help friends who experience grief or loss.

  9. Depression & Suicide Prevention

    Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 • Time: 7:00-8:00pm • Location: Moss Cove A

    Research shows that 20% of the UCI population suffers from some symptoms of depression and that 3% meet the criteria for clinical depression. Learn signs of depression and suicide ideation as well as how to support and assist friends in need.

  10. Body Image & Self Esteem

    Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 • Time: 7:00-8:00pm • Location: Moss Cove B

    We live in a culture that places a tremendous amount of expctations and value on our daily appearances. For some, this may be a bit stressful; come and learn about positive body image perceptions and self-esteem

  11. Life Transitions

    Date: Monday, May 15, 2017 • Time: 7:00-8:00pm • Location: Moss Cove A

    Change can be difficult: Coming to college, leaving home, graduating and starting a new career. There are some major life transitions that can be stressful. Come learn to cope with and prepare for major life transitions.

  12. Microagression & Cultural Awareness

    Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 • Time: 7:00-8:00pm • Location: Moss Cove A

    Microaggressions are commonplace and negative insults or slights. They can affect us in various ways. Learn what to do if you witness them around you.          

Meet the Peer Educators

Peer Educators are undergraduate students representing a rich diversity of cultural backgrounds and life experiences. Many, but certainly not all, students participating in the program plan on pursuing either employment or graduate work in the counseling/mental health professions. However, students in the program have represented a variety of undergraduate majors and there are former Peer Educators and Student Associate Coordinators who have entered into such graduate programs as economics, law, and veterinary medicine. Peer Educators have a genuine commitment to learning and self-growth, and to providing a meaningful service to the UC Irvine student community. Students accepted into the program during the Spring Quarter participate during the following academic year.

Peer Educators

Vanessa Avalos
Vanessa Avalos
Astrid Bartolo
Astrid Bartolo
Susan Evbuomwan
Susan Evbuomwan
Shayon Falls
Shayon Falls
Miriam Fam
Miriam Fam
Veronica Garcia
Veronica Garcia
Nicole Giles
Nicole Giles
Erika Huerta
Erika Huerta
Alma Leon-Oseguera
Alma Leon-Oseguera
Ali Motamedzadeh
Ali Motamedzadeh
Leona Odabachian
Leona Odabachian
Andrew Sengphrachanh
Andrew Sengphrachanh
Judy Tam
Judy Tam
Teresa-Trang Tran
Teresa-Trang Tran
Nhan Truong
Nhan Truong

Peer Coordinators

Semaj Garbutt
Semaj Garbutt
Gabriela Herrera
Gabriela Herrera
Jerimi Vindua
Jerimi Vindua

Interested in becoming a Peer Educator?

All UC Irvine undergraduates with a minimum GPA of 2.5 are eligible to apply for the program. Peers receive training from professional therapists in a variety of mental health and student development topics and receive academic credit.

For more information, visit our Opportunities for Student Involvement Page.