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Interpersonal Violence Peer Support

Program Description

Interpersonal Violence Peer Support (IVPS) will be a volunteer group of confidential student peers, trained to assist fellow students who request support, options, resources, or information on University policies, procedures, and reporting options due to an interpersonal violence situation. These critical areas include sexual assaults, attempted assaults, dating, domestic, and family violence, stalking, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and sex/gender discrimination. This program plans to launch in Fall 2017.

Partnership

Interpersonal Violence Peer Support (IVPS) is a partnership program between the Title IX Office, Voices Against Violence at the Counseling and Mental Health Center, and Student Emergency Services in the Office of the Dean of Students.

Student Volunteer Recruitment 2017-2018

Currently, we are recruiting student volunteers for the 2017-2018 academic year. Applications are due by March 3, 2017: https://deanofstudents.utexas.edu/secure/emergency/ivps_application.php

Information Sessions – Becoming a Student Volunteer

  • Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. in SSB 4.212
  • Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. in SAC 1.106
  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. in SSB 3.406
  • Check out the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/utaustinIVPS/

Student Volunteer Duties

  • Be available, and respond timely to student requests for an IVPS peer
  • Be knowledgeable of on and off campus resources available
  • Offer confidential consultations to students
  • Provide information of student's rights, options, and resources available
  • Meet the emotional needs of the students
  • Offer to walk students to agencies or services that are available on campus
  • Provide space to students for empowerment and independent decision-making
  • Report consultations to supervisor

Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled students
  • Good academic standing
  • Good disciplinary standing
  • Available to serve 2017-2018 academic year
  • Must inform supervisor if standing or criteria change

Time Requirements

  • Must attend a retreat and subsequent training sessions (40-50 hours total)
  • Available approx. 4 hours per week during the academic year for peer support
  • Must attend required program meetings as they are scheduled and continuing education sessions during the academic year

Benefits

  • Valuable work experience
  • Job recommendations
  • Provides extensive skill development
  • Valuable contacts with the community and campus