The University of Houston is excited to launch the Peer Body Project for the 2018-2019 academic year through a collaboration with UH Wellness, the Women and Gender Resource Center (WGRC), and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). This unique program consists of four weekly discussion groups designed to help young women resists cultural pressures to conform to the appearance idea standard of female beauty and reduce their pursuit of this unrealistic idea. The Body Project is an evidence-based prevention program, with research showing that it helps to reduce thin ideal internalization, body dissatisfaction, and other eating disorder risk factors amongst participants.
As part of our launch, we are seeking 8 to 10 undergraduate facilitators to lead these discussion with their peers throughout Fall 2018 and Spring 2019. Peer facilitators will receive direct training from the Body Project and will be supervised by staff from UH Wellness, WGRC and CAPS – selected facilitators will be required to attend in-person training on-campus on Thursday, August 2nd (9:00 am to 5:00 pm) and Friday, August 3rd (9:00 am to 5:00 pm). Additionally, a video conference training will be held on Friday, August 24th from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Facilitators will assist with recruitment of participants throughout the year with our an anticipated start for our first discussion group in late September or early October.
Who can serve as a facilitator?
Any undergraduate female-identified or nonbinary student can apply to be a facilitator! We encourage any student, regardless of major or organization involvement, to apply!
What will I be doing as a facilitator?
Each discussion group will have three trained peer facilitator leading a group of students. As a facilitator, you will be focusing on a different topic around body image each week while utilizing a script and guided questions. This, along with much more, will be covered in our training!
What is the time commitment?
In addition to the trainings listed above (August 2nd, 3rd, and 24th), we are planning to host four groups throughout the year, two in Fall 2018 and two in Spring 2019. At present, each facilitator will lead at least one group - which will be a series of four one hour weekly meetings. Facilitators and staff supervisors will decide on these meeting dates and times in August 2018.
What will I gain from this experience?
From valuable facilitation skills, to leadership, to navigating discussion around a critical topic - there is a lot to gain! Facilitators will also be interacting and learning alongside staff in UH Wellness, WGRC, and CAPS.
Tell me more about this training!
All facilitators must commit to attending the all-day training on Thursday, August 2nd and Friday, August 3rd, along with a video conference on Friday, August 24th from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. For our August 2nd and 3rd dates, we will be visited by an official Body Project trainer where we will be learning more about the program and group facilitation skills, as well as practicing those skills. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.