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Student Leadership Empowerment Training for All Peer Educators

Order your Certified Peer Educator training materials now.

Would you like to have your students trained by BACCHUS?
Are you too busy to train your peer educators yourself? Does the idea of bringing in someone from the outside to conduct a CPE training for your campus sound appealing? You can utilize the convenient and very affordable option of having The BACCHUS Network™ come to your campus to train your students. A BACCHUS staff member will work with you every step of the way to plan the CPE training on your campus. For less than the cost of a speaker who presents for an hour, you can have this 12-hour training that empowers your peer students and campus to commit to healthy and safe lifestyle choices.

Please contact BACCHUS for more information.

CPE is an Effective, Evaluated Training Program

The Certified Peer Educator (CPE) Training helps peer educators develop leadership skills to be able to successfully develop and implement campus programs. In 2000, an assessment survey was conducted by an independent evaluator of 407 CPE students from across the country. The assessment collected baseline data from a pre-test and compared the results with data collected immediately after the training and again four months after the training. The data analysis revealed that CPE training produced:
Increased knowledge, comfort and skills in peer education
Increased activity levels among veteran and new peer educators
Emergence of new, active peer educators

What Is CPE?
A comprehensive, 12-hour foundation training suitable for any health and safety focused collegiate peer education group. The training concentrates on the skills needed by all peer educators to:


Nine topic modules (each approximately 90 minutes long) make up the CPE Training Program. Each training module on the DVD can be used to conduct the program on a variety of media: LCD projectors, smart classrooms, or TV monitors. The program is designed so that any advisor with some basic facilitation or workshop presentation skills can train their own students. A facilitator's guide of over 200 pages guides the trainer through a series of interactive exercises, role-plays with discussions, and lectures on key topics.

A program DVD contains ready-to-use Power Point presentations outlining each module. Embedded into the Power Points are role-plays and demonstrations to generate discussions and aide participants in learning important skills. Students receive their own student workbook to keep, to follow along with the training. Trainers can tailor the program to their own skill level and group needs.

What's in the Bag?
The CPE Training comes complete with:

Additional workbooks with online testing codes can be purchased as needed for $20 each.

Certify Your Peer Educators
After completing the training, students can be "certified" by completing the online test.  If no testing code was provided within the student workbook, the cost for certification is $10 per test.

Students who are certified receive a CPE membership stating that they have indeed been trained in the core skills that will make them a better leader, role model, activist and team member.

Nine Trainings In One!

The following are the nine training modules (each approximately 90 minutes long) contained in the 2008 CPE Program. Each module contains a set of learning outcomes and a complete reading list. Use all nine at once for a leadership retreat, or use them one at a time for a workshop series or classroom setting.

1. Understanding the Power of Peer Education
Module 1 provides an overview of The BACCHUS Network™, why peer education is an effective prevention strategy, and what impact a peer education program can have on students and a campus. The module also discusses peer educator ethics and avoiding common "traps."

2. Strategies for Change in High-Risk Behaviors Module 2 introduces students to several health promotion approaches. It covers the basics of motivational interviewing, stages of change, the social norms approach, harm reduction, and environmental approaches. Students will also learn the difference between individual, targeted and universal prevention approaches.

3. Listening Skills
Listening skills are one of the most important strategies for becoming an effective peer educator. In Module 3, participants will learn why students seek peer educators to discuss personal issues. Interactive activities throughout the module teach strategies and techniques for active listening.

4. Responding and Referral Skills
Module 4 teaches the techniques that peer educators can use after the listening process has occurred to begin the "take action" process. Several exercises explore different issues, resources on campus and potential referral agents for the various health issues students may face, as well as learning the boundaries of helping.

5. Intervention Skills
Module 5 covers the topic of bystander behavior and intervening to prevent harmful or unhealthy behavior. Participants will discuss the bystander behavior and why it occurs. Through group activities, participants will become more comfortable addressing inappropriate or unhealthy behavior.

6. Developing Inclusive Peer Education Efforts
Successful peer education programs have the ability to be inclusive of campus diversity. In Module 6, participants will explore their own cultural identity and their group's identity through interactive activities and reflection. A cultural competency discussion will assist participants to identify ways to develop inclusive educational programs.

7. Programming and Presentation Skills
Module 7 covers the skills necessary for planning and implementing programs and presentations. The module contains worksheets and activities to increase participants' skills in program and presentation design as well as program marketing.

8. Taking Care of Yourself
Module 8 teaches peer educators how to take care of their own wellness and deal appropriately with stress, over-commitment, and potential burnout. It provides techniques for achieving greater balance.

9. Group Development and Success
Module 9 introduces students to the concept of group dynamics and the key elements for maintaining a successful and productive peer education group. Participants will learn and discuss the strategies for achieving and maintaining a group that is recognized and utilized across campus.

How to Order

Click on the Order CPE Kit and Workbook link on the left hand side of this page to order online or call the BACCHUS Materials Center at (952) 929-8999. Be sure to plan ahead and order extra workbooks, if your year-end budget allows.

If you have any questions or comments about CPE, please contact BACCHUS. Your feedback is always appreciated.