Through EARS, I made my closest friends and became confident in who I am and how I connect with others. From training to counseling, EARS made Cornell feel like home.
Renee Gewercman, Class of 2007
Anyone interested in joining EARS is welcome to take part in our training program. While becoming a counselor requires a significant time commitment, most people who have gone through the training find the skills to be practical during a counseling session, as well as in real-life situations. In training you will learn about topics such as communication skills, relationship dynamics, and active listening.
There are three semesters of training offered. Training for all three levels meets on Monday nights, from 7pm to 9:30pm.
In this first level of training, future counselors are introduced to all the skills that counselors use during a session. Training is as fun as it is informatiive, as we introduce trainees to our counseling techniques using skits, games, interactive presentations, and small group discussions.
With practice counseling sessions offered almost every week, trainees have many opportunities to use and develop their counseling skills. Signing up for training is a great way to learn many practical skills, contribute to the Cornell community, and meet new friends.
Building on the skills developed in Beginning Training, Advanced Training offers more opportunities to practice counseling. In addition, expert guest lecturers come in and discuss problems that our callers often face.
Some of the topics discussed include dating and relationship dynamics, eating disorders, substance abuse, suicide, and sex and values.
The highest level of training required to become an EARS counselor, Intensive Training focuses on practice counseling to get trainees ready for the Long Role Play, which is the final evaluation to become an EARS counselor.
Trainers custom tailor the activities each week so that the group can most efficiently hone their counseling techniques. There is also a great deal of personalized feedback, helping trainees to refine their skills as much as possible before they begin working with the larger Cornell community.