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Transcript of Module 1
Overview of Peer Health Education: by Kerri Boyd
What is a Certified Peer Educator?
-Certified Peer Educators, or CPEs, are granted their certification through The BACCHUS Network-- the largest active student organization in higher education.
-To become a CPE, you have to complete a comprehensive training, and pass a test.
-Because The BACCHUS Network is nationally known, having the CPE certification is beneficial to your professional development!
-Peer: A person who is of equal standing with you in a group. (In this case, a peer would be a fellow student)
-Peer Educator: A trained student in a helping position who encourages healthy choices.
How does peer education affect PHEs?
How does Peer Health Education affect the campus & community?
Correct misperceptions about students' behaviors and choices
Assist campus professionals to reach out to students and increase services offered
Promote healthy choices
Influence individual behavior
Increase campus collaboration by establishing shared leadership
5 Roles of a Peer Educator
4. Role Model
5. Team Member
Make healthier choices for themselves
Meet the students where they are
Gain stronger leadership skills
Learn accurate health information
Become familiar with campus resources
Develop a greater sense of community
Available to listen
A link to people and resources that help
Supportive and encouraging
What we do:
Latest health information
Strategies to stay safe
Campus health issues
How we teach:
Create and conduct educational programs
Conduct awarness displays
Plan fun events
Create positive change through leadership
Focus on changing the environment
Create partnershipss and networks to increase effectiveness
Confront unhealthy attitudes and behaviors
Become an empowered bystander by intervening
Lead lives that are healthy and safe
Confront unhealthy beahviors we see within our group
Share our own stories of struggling and asking for help
Be a peer education team member
Be an active member of the team
Work closely with peer education advisor
Support the other members of your group
Common Traps in Peer Education
Trying to do too much
Taking on something too big
Internalizing the issue
Create trust with the person you are helping
Put his or her needs first
Know when you have to tell someone else
Harm to self
Harm to others
When not telling causes pain or suffering
Know who is appropriate to tell
Always be honest
If you need to tell someone, always make sure it's a campus professional
If another PHE tries to tell you about a confidential conversation, stop them
If you don't know what to do, ask for help
PHE Code of Ethics
Five Principles of Integrity
All people deserve my respect
I have the right to make mistakes
I will never use my position of influence to negatively affect another person
I must make my decisions based on what I know and believe, regardless of what "everyone else" is doing
I will take my own advice
Hammer Time! (Group Activity)