UCLA Resilience Peer Network (RPN): Innovation to deliver needed care

January 18, 2016

The UCLA Resilience Peer Network (RPN)

The UCLA Student Affairs office and UCLA Campus and Student Resilience are partnering with the Depression Grand Challenge to provide students with peer-to-peer counseling outside of a clinical setting. It will bring effective internet-delivered treatment to UCLA students with mild to moderate depression and anxiety. Trained undergraduate and graduate Resilience Peers provide individual and group therapy to students appropriately screened for this tier of treatment, under the close supervision of licensed professionals. Resilience Peer support for this self-guided internet based cognitive behavioral therapy will expand the availability of effective care to the many UCLA students who face challenges accessing timely treatment through our existing treatment centers. Across the nation, college students are demanding more access to mental health services, with almost 50% of community college students reporting a current or recent mental health problem.


Becoming a Resilience Peer

Resilience Peers will be trained to develop a number of skills:

• Active listening & empathic responding
• Boundaries, privacy, and ethics
• Applied positive psychology principles and resilience skills
• Counseling & motivational support for iCBT engagement
• Mindfulness approaches

Students who successfully complete the initial 9 week training will be eligible to facilitate group therapy and one:one interventions for students with mild to moderate anxiety, depression, and stress. Resilience Peers additionally complete Mental Health First Aid Training, QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training, and CARE Certificate Training, and become eligible to participate in the Resilience Peer Network’s (RPN) prevention, stigma and bias reduction, and early intervention programs. The program requires a two quarter commitment.


Learn More

Media coverage about the Resilience Peer Network (RPN):

Kuhelika Ghosh: Resilience Peer Network is a good substitute for fewer CAPS sessions Daily Bruin, 21 Jan 2016

Resilience Peer Network to supplement student mental health services Daily Bruin, 19 Jan 2016

All of Us town hall encourages wider discourse on mental health issues Daily Bruin, 27 Jan 2016

UCLA researchers to study success of online mental health therapy Daily Bruin, 17 April 2016

For more information, or to become a Resilience Peer* please contact:

Dr. Elizabeth Gong-Guy
UCLA Campus and Student Resilience
*If you are interested in becoming a Resilience Peer, please indicate your degree program, year, and a brief statement regarding your interest in joining the program.