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Student-to-Student Peer Counseling DeCal

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Spring 2012
Social Welfare 98/198
2 Unit(s)

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About the Course:

This course is intended to introduce students to the client-centered, Rogerian model of student peer counseling. Through readings and a variety of interactive exercises, students will explore the Berkeley peer counseling model. Through education and open discussion, we hope to decrease the stigma attached to counseling. 

We want students to feel empowered by 1) their knowledge about helping others and 2) the information they will receive about seeking help. Students will be expected to learn some of the theory behind peer counseling, as well as different forms of counseling. Students should be able to discuss the role of a peer counselor in a university setting, as well as understand the limitations of a peer counselor. The students will learn the model of UC Berkeley’s Student-to-Student Peer Counseling. Even if you are not interested in a future as a counselor, come hone your communication skills that can be used in everyday situations.

Students who successfully complete this course may be invited to join Student-to-Student Peer Counseling (SSPC) the following semester. This class is taught by fully trained members of SSPC, Berkeley's oldest on-campus peer counseling group. For more information about SSPC, you can check out our website at

Comments from former DeCal students:

"I really feel like I got so much out of this class and grew as a person. I feel as though I'm a much better listener. I am so glad I took this class!"

"It seems that the practice of peer counseling bases its hope on people taking charge of their own unique well-being, understanding the deep parts of themselves that they didn't even realize, and growing as a person through the hardships they've encountered. This empowerment of the human spirit speaks very strongly to me, and I will always keep that in mind as a counselor when speaking to a client who seems to be broken in spirit, but who I know has the power to come out of that situation having grown stronger."

"This is the coolest class I've ever been in and actually learned something at the same time."

"It's been a great journey taking the Peer Counseling Decal. I have learned many things that will help me not only in counseling others but also in my everyday interactions with different kinds of people."

"What I liked best about this class was the way the instructors made me feel welcome in class. The word welcome is definitely an understatement at how cared I felt. It's a really good feeling and the perfect way to end the day."

"I felt that the small discussion groups really helped bring cohesion to the group and let us get to know each other, as well as share our individual struggles and worries. The guest speakers were really informative, engaging and helpful in giving insight about counseling experiences and methods."

"I love the dyads!!!! They were good practice. I was able to apply what I have learned and challenge myself to come up with appropriate and effective questions promptly."

"I looked forward to check-ins and catching up with my group. It was great getting to know what was going on in everybody's lives."

"The small groups made me open up. The intimate discussions were fun and definitely made a safe space."


How to Enroll:

CNN will be handed out on our first meeting Wednesday Feb 1, 2012!  Please email if you have any questions/concerns!

Course Contact: sspcdecal AT


Faculty Sponsor: Amanda Reiman

Time & Location:

SSPC DecalCathy Dai
404 HavilandW 5:30p-7p2/01full

Uploaded Files:

Syllabus: SSPCdecalSpring2012SyllabusFinal.pdfJan 25213kbAdobe PDF (Viewer)View Download

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