CCSU Natural Helpers
The Application of Knowledge is Power.
What is a Natural Helper?
What do Natural Helpers do?
When do Natural Helpers train?
What skills are Natural Helpers trained in?
What outreach programs do the Natural Helpers participate in?
What campus and community groups do the Natural Helpers collaborate with?
How do I become a Natural Helper?
Q: What is a Natural Helper?
Natural Helpers are CCSU students who work out of the Office of Alcohol and Drug Education, part of the Counseling & Wellness Center. They volunteer their time to be a peer resource to students. Natural Helpers are nominated by their peers, staff and faculty. They are nominated because they have good listening skills, are leaders, and have a genuine concern for others. Natural Helpers receive training on preventing substance abuse and promoting wellness.
Q: What do Natural Helpers do?
Natural Helpers are available to their friends and peers. They are also trained in substance abuse prevention topics to present in classrooms, residence halls, and to various groups on campus.
Q: When do Natural Helpers Train?
Natural Helpers attend one all-day training during the Fall semester. At this training they learn about important health and prevention topics, many of which they will use on campus. During a fall retreat, they receive additional training and prepare for programs. Ongoing training happens throughout the year during afternoon meetings and evening meetings.
Q: What skills are Natural Helpers trained in?
- Counseling and Listening Skills
- Drug and Alcohol Prevention
- Leadership Skills
- Diversity Training
- Stress Management
- Referral Skills
- Suicide Prevention
Q: What outreach programs do the Natural Helpers participate in?
- Hosting Safe House Parties
- CHOICES about High/Low Risk Drinking
- BASICS Referrals
- National Alcohol Awareness Day
- Great American Smoke Out
- Stress Busters
- Depression/Anxiety Screening
- Suicide Prevention
- Nutrition Awareness
Q: What campus and community groups do the Natural Helpers collaborate with?
- Presidential Advisory Council on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
- Residence Hall Programming
- Devil's Den @ 10
- NAMI on Campus
- Town and Gown Task Force
- MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving)
- New Britain and CCSU Police Departments
- Other clubs and organization Events
Q: How do I become a Natural Helper?
We are asking you to send us the name(s) of anyone who you believe would make a good natural helper. In order for this form to be valid we must get the complete name, and an accurate phone number and/or email address. Please contact Meagen Wentz, Wellness Programs Administrator at 860-832-1618 or at email@example.com.