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Peer Support Services

Student Personnel Course Descriptions

STPER 200: Introduction to Counseling and Advisement (required)
This course combines counseling and advisement theory and practice aimed at providing an understanding of interpersonal interactions, communication skills development, decision-making and problem-solving, and interviewing and counseling techniques. It is designed to train students who have been specially screened and selected in the skills necessary to advise other students regarding academic concerns.


3 lecture hrs., 1 practicum hr. (3 credits) Semesters offered: fall, spring.

Prerequisite: Upper sophomore standing and/or permission of the instructor. Screening interviews will take place during the semester prior to enrollment.


STPER 300: Practicum in Counseling and Advisement (required)

This course includes individual and group supervision in a practicum setting. Emphasis will be placed on further exploration of theoretical and practical issues in the advisement and counseling process, along with continued development in interviewing skills and techniques. Four hours a week of advising students plus participation throughout the academic year, including advisement days and freshman registration periods, are required.  

2 lecture hrs., 4 practicum hrs. (3 credits) Prerequisite: STPER 200 and permission of the instructor. Semesters offered: fall, spring.


Optional Third-Semester Course

STPER 302: Advanced Practicum in Counseling and Advisement (Optional Third-Semester Course)

Continued supervision in a practicum setting. The experiences are parallel to those in STPER 300. Students will initiate and complete individual projects in the area of counseling and advising (theory, training, or research). There will be an opportunity to integrate counseling and advising skills previously acquired with supervisory and training functions. Participation and service throughout the academic year are required. 

2 lecture hrs., 4 practicum hrs. (3 credits) Prerequisite: STPER 300 and permission of the instructor. Semesters offered: fall, spring.

If you have any questions or would like to request additional information about Peer Support Services, please contact the program’s administrator, Nancy Leighton, at



 Office Information

Office: Student Union, LL 37
Phone: 718-997-5419
Fax: 718-997-5508

The Peer Services Office will be closed during the Winter and Summer Intersessions. The office will reopen the first day of classes.
Fall and Spring Semester Office Hours:
 The Office is working virtual when classes resume.  We will have our hours here during the semester.

Nancy Leighton
Program Administrator
Teaching Staff 
Francesca Girod

Student Coordinators

 Mariam Aslam

"Introduction to Counseling"

Teaching Assistant

Charles Martinez
Screening Coordinator

Frank Basile
Publicity Coordinator​ 

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