Peer Listener Application
Do you listen?
Are you eager to become more involved on campus, help the Goucher community, and support your peers? If so please consider applying to become a peer listener. Goucher's peer listening program is a supplemental support system for the student body, available every night from 7 p.m. until 2 a.m.
The application process
An invitation to apply is issued midway through each semester--watch for an email, posting on Class Facebook pages, or in the Gopher app. All who apply are required to attend a group interview. Following the group interview, those selected to move forward will be invited to attend training before the beginning of the next semester. Training is not a guarantee of becoming a Peer Listener; the co-directors and current Peer Listeners will make final decisions at the conclusion of training.
Just prior to each semester are several days of training and group development (this may impact your ability to participate in other trainings or J-term classes); continued training occurs in the regular weekly meetings. Training covers issues relevant to college students such as: new-student issues, sexual and relationship violence, substance issues, stress, and common social dilemmas. In addition, skills such as empathy and active listening will be strengthened. Once the training has been completed, peer listeners meet as a group one hour each week throughout the semester and volunteer for on-call shifts.