Welcome to Pathways! This website describes our program, services, and msision. Use the navigation bar to the left to learn about the process of becoming a Peer Advocate (how to apply, what to expect) and our educational programs.
About Our Program
Pathways is a confidential peer-to-peer based program that began during the fall 2011 semester. Peer advocates are student volunteers who successfully completed intensive training in helping skills. Peer Advocates offer support and referral information to students managing various challenges, including concerns about stress, academic issues, and social relationships or situations. Peer Advocates participate in ongoing training, supervision, and evaluation. Although Peer Advocates do not provide counseling, tutoring, or professional advice, referral information for these services may be offered to those interested in additional assistance. Peer Advocates also present on-campus educational programs in the residence halls.
Students may contact Peer Advocates for anonymous assistance (see hints below in green). All information shared with Peer Advocates is kept strictly confidential. (The only exception is that University Police may be contacted to provide emergency assistance if Peer Advocates learn that someone is facing possible imminent death).
If you have used Pathways or attended a Pathways program, we welcome your feedback: http://go.geneseo.edu/pathwaysfeedback
About Our Advocacy Services
Dealing with school stress? relationship issues? Are you lonely? worried? confused? Need to vent or talk something through? We're here to listen, to understand, and to talk about options.
-Phone: (585) 237-8860 8 pm to 8am daily during the fall and spring semesters while classes are in session (i.e., unavailable during fall, Thanksgiving, winter, and spring, and summer breaks)
-Chat online: 8 pm to midnight on evenings we are on call. Message us at user name 'geneseopathways' on AIM or "geneseopeeradvocacy on GTalk. To use GTalk, be sure to first invite us to join your contact list; otherwise, your message will not be visible to us.
Forms of Contact In addition to contact via phone, email, or chat, Advocates also might meet with a student to discuss concerns in person or accompany her or him to various offices on campus, etc., depending on the circumstances.
Amount of Contact As a general rule, students may work with one particular Advocate via phone, email or in person, up to three times.
About Our Mission
At times, all people need help.
We listen, without judging, why others think, feel, or act as they do.
We believe others who tell us what is happening in their lives.
We respect others’ thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, even when we do not fully understand.
We seek understanding by asking constructive, non-invasive questions and reflecting on the answers provided.
We acknowledge that people do the best that they can.
We trust others to be competent and resourceful and to have expertise regarding their own lives.
We support others as they consider alternative ways of thinking, feeling, or acting.
We accept that change is difficult and often requires resources that a person may not have.
We tolerate uncertainty about what others “should” do – in truth, we have no way to know.
We celebrate diversity; there’s no single right way to understand or address a problem or to live one’s life.
Pathways is generously supported by the Department of Psychology, the Division of Student and Campus Life, and the Office of the Provost.