The Peer Assistance for Learning program (PAL) is a volunteer opportunity for Virginia Tech students. In this role, PALs provide programmatic support for the counseling center by making and giving outreach presentations on various topics. They help spread information about mental health awareness and study skills.

The Cook Counseling Center’s PAL’s also provide educational programs designed to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, as well as helping students better understand when to seek treatment. They present programs in the classrooms, residence halls, or other requested venues. The Peer Assistance for Learning programs include:

  • Orientation to the resources and services of Cook Counseling Center
  • Stress Management
  • Time Management
  • Mental Health Issues of College Students
  • Managing Academic Stress
  • Healthy Relationships

PALs learn invaluable leadership skills while getting the chance to gain public speaking experience and learning about academic success strategies. The PAL program allows students to make like-minded friends while educating their peers on more productive ways to study. Training is provided by Cook Counseling Center.

Students of all majors are encouraged to apply if interested. Applications can be picked up and filled out at 240 McComas Hall or downloaded, filled out, and turned in. Application review begins immediately.

If you have any questions about the program, call Cook Counseling Center at 540-231-6557.