At times, students in distress initially feel more comfortable talking to a trained student rather than a mental health professional. OASIS and HAVEN are the two peer support services on campus, supervised by the Psychological Counseling Center (PCC). Brenden Garcia, SUNY New Paltz graduate student, is the Coordinator of OASIS/HAVEN.
OASIS is a student-staffed, crisis intervention center and telephone hot-line. OASIS volunteers are trained and supervised by the hotline Coordinator. Students may walk in or call the office.
OASIS offers confidential crisis intervention to help students deal with difficulties in life areas such as:
Students also can call OASIS for information and referrals on:
HAVEN is a student-staffed, crisis intervention center and telephone hot-line. Peer volunteers are specifically trained to respond to issues around rape, sexual assault, other unwanted sexual experiences and relationship violence. HAVEN volunteers are trained and supervised by the Hotline Coordinator. Students may walk in or call the office.
SUNY New Paltz students who wish to become peer volunteers should contact the Psychological Counseling Center at 845-257-2920 to inquire. A Crisis Intervention (PSY330) psychology course is required for hotline volunteers. The hotline is supervised by the PCC and has existed at the college since the early 1970s.