Indiana University’s Crimson CORPS (Caring, Open‐Minded, Respectful Peer Support) is seeking applicants for the 2017-18 academic year!
Crimson CORPS is a group of carefully selected undergraduate students, trained to provide informal, accepting and non‐judgmental peer support. As a student group, the mission of the CORPS is to promote a culture of compassion and action at IU, and to bring awareness to issues of emotional well‐being within the student community. We do this through peer‐to‐peer support, advocacy and outreach. In response to research that tells us that students in distress are most likely to reach out to a peer first, we have created a group of students committed to making a difference in the lives of their fellow IU students.
We are looking for a diverse group of undergraduate students who offers different perspectives and are bonded by a common commitment to our mission and shared values involving:
- A passion for helping others
- An interest in stretching themselves to engage with people on a different level
- An openness to expanding their sense of compassion, tolerance, and appreciation of themselves and others
- A desire to make a difference in the lives of fellow IU students
Crimson CORPS members are trained and supervised by the professional staff at IU Health Center’s Counseling & Psychological Services. The skills members acquire will be useful in all aspects of their lives. Members participate in more than 30 hours of informational and experiential training. Along with gaining a basic knowledge off the various mental health issues facing college students today and the issues preventing students from seeking help, we will help you learn how to:
- Listen actively without judgment
- Engage people from different backgrounds
- Gather important information in non‐threatening ways
- Engender a feeling of trust and safety
- Recognize signs of distress in a fellow student
Crimson CORPS is a significant commitment but one that is rewarding on many levels! Crimson CORPS members will attend one half-day training session each semester, attend one 90-minute training session each month, participate in monthly task team meetings, participate in at least two outreach programs per semester, and will commit to volunteer for a full academic year (Fall 2017 – Spring 2018).
Interested? Please complete the online application here, no later than February 15.
Applicants will be notified about the status of their application by March 3, and may be invited for an interview with the Crimson CORPS staff.
The Crimson CORPS Staff
- Laura Conner, M.S., LMHCA; CAPS Therapist
- Molly McKelfresh, M.S., LMHCA; CAPS Therapist
- Nancy Goodrich Mitts, B.S., Doctoral Student, Counseling Psychology
- Elyssa Klann, B.A., Doctoral Student, Counseling Psychology
- Nelson Zounlome, B.A., Doctoral Student, Counseling Psychology