Peer counselling is a safe environment created for GPRC students who are in need of help. This program is created with funding from GPRC and Alberta Campus Mental Health Innovation (ACMHI). Counselling is a great way to overcome issues that may arise during post-secondary education. This service can handle a range of personal issues.
Some issues over which students seek counselling include the following:
- death of a family member or a friend
- difficulties balancing school work with other commitments
- family problems
- relationship concerns
- sexual assault
- work or career decisions
- and many other issues
About our Peer Counsellors
Peer Counsellors are GPRC students who volunteer their time to manage the peer counselling centre. These Peer Counsellors are trained and knowledgeable about students’ and mental health issues that may arise during their time at GPRC.
Peer Counsellors receive over 93 hours of training, which covers a range of topics related to mental health issues. The peer counselling training is over and above the requirements for the Peer Counsellors’ degree programs.
Where to find us
The peer counselling centre is located in Student Services. A Peer Counsellor is available on Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, except on Wednesday from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, from September to April, excluding holidays, for drop-in sessions based on first come first served basis. However, emergency or students in crisis will be seen as soon as possible.
Peer counselling is confidential and is available for GPRC students only.
If the presenting problem is beyond the capability of the Peer Counsellor, information regarding community resources will be provided and a referral to one of these resources may be arranged.
Peer counselling is a free service offered to all GPRC students, however, there may be a cost associated with accessing other community resources.