The Senior Peer Counseling Program offers both individual counseling and support groups to residents who are 55 or 60 years of age and older. Our services are often free of charge and confidentiality is strictly observed. Through our program, active older adults are trained to assist fellow seniors and can provide the needed support and encouragement required in meeting the challenges of aging. Peers helping peers is a remarkable gift.
Sometimes a little help means a lot. You may be facing challenges that are difficult to cope with alone. We offer support to help you through life's problems, crises and challenges.
Talk to a Counselor
Finding help is possible by just calling a program near you. A counselor will then meet with you for an initial visit and match you with a trained senior peer counselor. Counselors are available throughout California and in other locations in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Japan. Family members, friends and health care practitioners are also encouraged to refer individuals who would benefit from our services.
Counseling sessions can take place wherever you and your counselor are comfortable; whether it be at the nearby AASPC Center or in your home. You and your counselor will decide how often to meet. Meetings are usually once a week. You will work together to set goals, resolve issues, weather crises and achieve objectives.
If you are more comfortable in a group setting, the Senior Peer Counseling Program offers support groups which are invaluable in introducing you to others who are dealing with similar issues as yourself. Call us for times and locations.
To talk to someone about individual counseling or group support, locate and contact a nearby program today!
How Can I Get Involved?
Become A Counselor
As a peer counselor, you will use your life experience and skills in a self-help approach to mental health. After participating in a training program, you will provide supportive counseling under the close supervision of mental health professionals. No specific education is required to become a peer counselor. We train applicants who are warm, caring and non-judgmental. If interested, we encourage you to locate a nearby program. Contact the program administrator to submit an application for the next available training program.
Other Opportunities to Serve
Board of Directors
Beginning in 2003, the membership elects three Board members every year at the Annual Conference. The Board of Directors may also appoint new members to fill vacancies as needed. If you have experience in our field and would like to contribute your time to our efforts, this is a great opportunity. Call the office to get more details or speak with one of our board members about the time commitment involved. Applications available on request.
Start a Program
Contact our office for information on obtaining funding, training materials, and network contacts. Our goal is to spread the benefits of the Senior Peer Counseling Program from coast to coast!
The Board is seeking volunteers to serve on a variety of committees that are currently being formed. If you have experience in our field and would like to contribute your time to our efforts, this is a great opportunity. Call the office to get more details or speak with one of our board members about the time commitment involved.
Volunteer at events
There are many opportunities to serve your community by volunteering at our Annual Conference or one of the many Regional Network Meetings held throughout California. Contact the office for more information on these events.
Contact us now for more information on getting involved!