Job Opportunity

Peer Counselor / Interventionist

Description

We are hiring graduate and undergraduate research assistants to support adolescent gay, bi, and queer young men as they pursue goals in areas like health, education, and relationships. The project offers the opportunity for RAs to gain experience implementing clinical trials, as well as to receive training in Motivational Interviewing, a therapeutic approach used in counseling, social work, and other health professions. 

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  • Typical tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Providing mentoring to gay, bi, and queer young men via video-chat and on a moderated support forum. 

  • Maintaining proficiency in Motivational Interviewing by participating in regular trainings, practice, and skill supervision.

  • Assist in implementing components of the clinical trial, including participant retention messaging, data entry, and maintaining study documentation.

  • Assist in other research activities such as drafting study documents, conducting literature reviews, preparing presentation documents, and participating in team meetings.

Qualifications

  • Undergraduate or graduate student with a strong interest in LGBTQ+ health and/or research

  • Desire and ability to interact empathetically and supportively with a diverse range of people

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Experience in peer education or mentoring and/or training in empathetic listening skills is a bonus

  • Previous experience with research, or other detail-oriented work is a bonus

  • Must pass criminal background check and child abuse clearance

 

The research assistants will work under the guidance of faculty and project managers. Research assistants will be expected to work independently and as part of a group. Work can be a paid hourly position and/or a work-study position. Please email a cover letter and résumé to James Wolfe at jameswol@upenn.edu.

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