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Peer Assistance for Learning

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 PALs 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
  • Adjusting to College
  • Stress Management
  • Sleep Hygiene
  • How to Refer a Friend to the Counseling Center
  • Recognizing the warning signs of: Anxiety, Depression, and Eating Disorders

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. For additional information you may download our PALS brochure

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

Applications are now being accepted for 2021 -2022 PALS!

If you would like to request a presentation by the Virginia Tech PALs, please fill out a request form here.

*Please note that these request forms are not a method of contact for counseling or help in an emergency. If you do need counseling, you must call the center at 540-231-6557 during the day and after-hours to reach the on-call counselor. If you do not feel like you can keep yourself safe, call 911 to receive immediate help.

2019 - 2020 PALs

Rea and Julia
Hannah and Sydney
Amanda and Hannah
Naima and Meghan
Riddhi and Tatiana
Sophia and Andrea
Alexa and Kelly