About the Program

Program Information and Application Process

The Peer Health Educator (PHE) Program accepts applications throughout Fall and Winter quarter, with a final application deadline of February 19, 2018. Applicants accepted into the program will complete some initial training requirements and be selected into a topic group by the end of Spring quarter, and will complete their topic specialty training during the week before Fall quarter classes resume the following year. Once fully-trained, PHEs will perform 3-5 hours of volunteer service per week beginning Fall 2018 as members of their topic specialty group.

For those wanting to apply and get involved right away, there is an early-decision application cycle during Fall quarter with an application deadline of November 13. Applicants accepted during this cycle will complete their initial peer educator training and have the opportunity to begin volunteering with Prevention and Wellness Services during Winter quarter. 

See below for detailed information about the application and training process. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please email pws@wwu.edu or call 360.650.2993.

What You Need to Know

The Application Process

  1. Submit a completed Peer Health Educator Application before the deadline
    1. Early-Decision Application Deadline: November 13‚Äč
    2. Final Application Deadline: February 19

  2. Provide a reference from someone who is able to speak to your ability to learn and grow as a leader, advocate and team member (i.e. a professor, employer, former teacher, mentor, coworker, RA, current Peer Health Educator, etc.).  Completed reference forms must be submitted by the corresponding application deadline, so follow up with your reference to ensure that they are willing and able to complete your request by the deadline.  The reference form takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete, and the link to send to your prospective reference can be found here: Reference Form Link.

  3. Attend a group interview. All applicants who submit a completed application and reference form will be invited to interview. Interviews will take place during the same week as the application deadline, and dates/times will be arranged following receipt of all application materials.

  4. Applicants will be emailed a decision letter within 2 weeks of the final interview date. 

Program Requirements for Accepted Applicants:

  • Attend a Peer Health Educator Overview Session (dates to be announced).
  • Participate in a 12-hour Certified Peer Health Educator (CPE) training and pass the CPE certification exam (offered during Winter and Spring quarter; dates to be announced).
    • Additional opportunities to participate in PWS trainings and events will be offered throughout the year (more information to follow).

  • Complete a Topic Group Application and related prerequisites for topic group consideration in Spring 2018 (application deadline to be announced). PHEs will receive topic group placement notification by the end of Spring quarter.

  • Attend a week-long topic group specialty training during the week before Fall Quarter classes begin (dates to be announced). 

Topic group opportunities for Peer Health Educators:

Peer Health Educator Roles and Activities

  • Following completion of the initial Certified Peer Educator training, early-decision applicants will have the opportunity to begin volunteering with Prevention and Wellness Services during Winter quarter, assisting with general outreach and events as well as some topic group-specific activities as needs arise.
  • Following completion of all required trainings, PHEs will volunteer an average of 3-5 hours/week with their specific topic groups under the guidance of a PWS staff member. This includes attending a weekly group meeting throughout the school year as well as participating in both formal and informal health promotion activities as directed. These activities may include:
    • Presenting educational workshops and trainings
    • Providing structured one-on-one informational sessions with students
    • Participating in tabling and general outreach events
    • Being a role model and support within one’s personal/social network by providing helpful information and referrals to classmates, friends, roommates, etc. 

What Students Say

"The other people in the program are incredible and you get to be part of a really great community."

"You get to contribute to the health and wellness of Western which is very rewarding."

"The training you receive will stay with you your whole life, even if you don't work with that subject matter again. The fact that you know about resources, how to seek them out, how to utilize them, and how to refer others so they can receive the help they need is something that will be valuable in whatever you do with your life."

"The core staff members are a group of amazing people and the nature of the program allows you to develop meaningful relationships with them and they can serve as excellent references for you."

"Looks great on your resume!"