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. Community Building

    Date: Monday, April 9, 2018 • 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.

  2. Communication & Assertiveness Training 

    Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 • 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.

  3. Conflict Resolution

    Date: Monday, April 16, 2018 • Time: 7:00-8:00pm • Location: Moss Cove A

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

  4. Test Anxiety & Stress Management

    Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 • Time: 7:00-8:00pm • Location: Moss Cove B

    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. Social Relationships

    Date: Monday, April 23, 2018 • Time: 7:00-8:00pm • Location: Moss Cove A

    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.

  6. Coping with Grief

    Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 • Time: 7:00-8:00pm • Location: Moss Cove A

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

  7. Depression & Suicide Prevention 

    Date: Monday, April 30, 2018 • Time: 7:00-8:00pm • Location: Moss Cove A

    Depression and suicide affect many on the UCI campus.  Learn the signs of depression and suicide risk as well as how to support and assist yourself and others in need.

  8. Body Image & Self Esteem

    Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 • Time: 7:00-8:00pm • Location: Moss Cove A

    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

  9. Life Transitions

    Date: Monday, May 7, 2018 • Time: 7:00-8:00pm • Location: Moss Cove A

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

  10. Microagression & Cultural Awareness

    Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2018 • Time: 7:00-8:00pm • Location: Moss Cove B

    Microaggressions are subtle unintentional or intentional insults or slights, and they can affect us in various ways.  Learn what to do if you withness them around you.

  11. Self-Care as Resistance

    Date: Monday, May 14, 2018 • Time: 7:00-8:00pm • Location: Moss Cove A

    Self-Care is more than just taking extra good care of yourself and treating yourself to certain luxuries - it is a means of survival.  Learn about how self-care is a form of resistance and how it can help you navigate through spaces in a positive and powerful way.

Meet the Peer Educators

Picture of Saimir Thano, Ph.D., Peer Educator Coordinator
Saimir Thano, Ph.D.
Peer Educator Coordinator

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 are 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

Alexia Macfarlane
Alexia Macfarlane
Anaiz Perez
Anaiz Perez
Andrea Laguna-Morales
Andrea Laguna-Morales
Anthony Forunati
Anthony Fortunati
Daria Lasc
Daria Lasc
Elaine Ta
Elaine Ta
Facia Strong
Facia Strong
Kendra Arellano
Kendra Arellano
Kennedy Frazier
Kennedy Frazier
Zayra Valencia
Zayra Valencia  
Mikayla Scott
Mikayla Scott 
Rebecca Rogozen
Rebecca Rogozen
Shine Kim
Shine Kim 
Joyee Li
Joyee Li

Peer Coordinators

Christina Keheyan
Christina Kehayen
Melissa Molina
Melissa Molina 
Mariel Tisby
Mariel Tisby 

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.