Who We Are:
CAPS Peer Educators are student advocates with specialized knowledge to promote and support educational, personal and social well-being within the TCNJ community.
For a list of our current Peer Educators, click the following link: CAPS PE list 2016-17
What We Do:
- Act as liaisons between CAPS and the TCNJ student community
- Gather information to assess the mental health and wellness needs of the TCNJ student community
- Provide information, support, and referrals
- Offer workshops and programs to groups of students, such as residential communities, Greek organizations, athletic teams, student organizations, and academic classes on wellness topics (reference our workshop menu below)
- Design, organize, and implement campus-wide programs to raise awareness about mental health and wellness, such as:
- Welcome Week and LakeFest programs
- First Year Experience Programs: Homesickness and adjustment to college, roommate issues and conflict management, healthy eating and sleep habits, and transitioning into sophomore year
- Finals Fest Program: Stress relief, time management, and relaxation techniques
- Mental Health Awareness Month (October): Mental Health Screening Day, Stigmonologues, and Film Screening
- Eating Disorders Awareness Month (February): Speaker Presentation and Film Screening
- Check out the video that our CAPS PEs made to learn more about our program: CAPS PE Video
- Stress Busters – Interactive workshop about your sources of stress, stress symptoms, and ways of managing your stress. Will demonstrate various relaxation strategies. Can also include a discussion about test anxiety and performance anxiety.
- Time Out – Assess your current time management skills and discuss additional strategies for making your time use more effective
- More Than Just the Blues – Discuss how clinical depression is different from just feeling “the blues.” Can include a discussion about suicide prevention. Also, learn about counseling resources on and off campus.
- Who Needs Sleep in College Anyway – Discuss the effects of sleep (or lack of sleep) on your physical, mental and psychological health. Learn some ways to manage sleep difficulties.
- Love the Body You’re In – Address issues of mindful eating, positive body image and moderate exercise for a healthy body and healthy mind. Can include information about signs and symptoms of eating disorders and treatment options.
- The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Tools for Conflict Management – Conflict is natural and can be an opportunity for growth. Understand your conflict style and learn helpful tools for managing conflicts.
To request a program:
- If you would like to request one of the above programs from the CAPS Peer Educators or discuss the option of having a more tailored program to meet your needs, please complete an on-line program request form. NOTE: Requests need to be submitted at least 2-3 weeks in advance of the proposed program. (The last date to submit your program request form for Fall semester is November 15th and for Spring semester is April 10th).
- Follow up with Robbin Loonan, MA, DVS, LPC at (609) 771-2247 or email@example.com, if you do not hear from a CAPS Peer Educator within a week of submitting your request.
Some topic areas we cover:
- Stress and anxiety management
- Time management
- Healthy sleep habits
- Healthy eating and positive body image
- Communication skills and conflict management
- Helping others in distress
- Managing depression / suicide prevention
- Healthy self-esteem
If you’re interested in becoming a CAPS Peer Educator, click here.