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Mental Health Ambassador Program

The mission of the CAPS Mental Health Ambassador Program is to provide an opportunity for Montclair State University students to develop leadership, community outreach and human services skills while also serving as change agents in promoting health, wellness and mental health awareness in the Montclair State community.

Through this program, we aim to engage student leaders in providing mental health outreach programming to their peers and to the Montclair State University community as a whole.

CAPS Mental Health Ambassadors receive training and mentorship in serving as outreach assistants for CAPS, with the aim of decreasing myths about seeking help, empowering and motivating other students to make healthy life changes and providing information on counseling and CAPS services to raise awareness and decrease mental health stigma on campus.

The CAPS Mental Health Ambassador Program is co-facilitated by Dr. Sudha Wadhwani and Dr. Jude Uy, with assistance from CAPS graduate assistants.

Please note we will not be taking new applications for the 2020-21 academic year and will start accepting applicants in May 2021 for the Fall 2021 training cohort. If you are interested in getting involved this year, please join Active Minds, a student organization we advise and work closely with, that has the shared mission of decreasing mental health stigma on campus.

Application Criteria

  • The training program will resume in Fall 2021. It will consist of 10 weekly trainings. Typically, they are on Fridays 10 am-12 pm.  Making a commitment to prompt and complete attendance to all seminars is required.
  • Leadership experience at Montclair State or another university (or high school if an entering first-year student), with a letter of recommendation by a supervisor or mentor, is required. Completion of the Agents of Change Empowerment Certification Program serves as leadership experience (please ask one of the co-leaders for a nomination in place of a letter of recommendation).
  • Mental Health Ambassadors will be selected based on their community service experience, energy, drive to succeed, commitment to being a change agent in the Montclair State community, motivation to reach their personal/academic/professional goals, and overall leadership potential.
  • Students who are current clients of the program co-facilitators (Dr. Sudha Wadhwani and Dr. Jude Uy) are not eligible to apply, due to conflict of interest and dual role concerns, since program administrators are unable to serve as supervisors to current therapy clients.
  • Applicants must be in good academic and judicial standing, with a GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • 10-12 students will be selected.