TRAINING

Fall 2021 Training Registration has closed. Fall 2021 Training starts Monday 9/13 and will last 10 weeks. There will be no training on the weeks of 10/11 and 11/22 because of Fall Break and Thanksgiving Break, respectively.  

 

Thank you for your interest in EARS Training! Unfortunately, registration has closed, but we offer Training every semester! Click here to sign up to be immediately notified when Spring Training registration opens. Please contact ears@cornell.edu if you have any questions.

For Fall 2021, EARS Training will be held entirely in-person with an asynchronous Large Group option available for those with special circumstances and online makeups for any missed Small Group sessions. 

Link to be notified of Spring 2022 Training Registration: https://cornell.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1Hq5H9PPbBvVioS 

Training Overview

EARS Training supports a variety of student interests. The skills presented can help enhance your personal and professional relationships by improving your communication, empathy, and listening skills. Beginning Training must be completed before enrollment in Advanced Training. For more specific questions about training, please contact ears@cornell.edu

Registration

Everyone in the EARS community starts at the Beginning Level. If you have never taken or completed a semester of EARS training before, please select Beginning on the sign up form.

 

Beginning Training

  • Overview: The curriculum of Beginning Training includes a comprehensive peer listening, communication, and support skills model which is taught through interactive workshops, demos, and small group discussions, and lots of opportunities to practice your peer support skills and get feedback.

  • Basic Requirement: Beginning Training is intended for anyone in the Cornell community (students, faculty, staff) who wishes to develop the basic skills of listening, empathy, referral, and leadership. 

  • Length: Beginning Training is one semester long and includes weekly Large Group meetings (1 hour in-person with an asynchronous recording option) and weekly Small Group meetings (1 hour in-person).

    • Large Group meetings will be offered on Mondays, 6-7 PM EST​.

    • Small Group meetings will be offered at various 60-minute time slots (M 7-8PM, W 7-8PM, R 10-11AM). You will be able to indicate your availability when you register. ​

Upon successful completion of Beginning Training, trainees may qualify to attend Advanced Training or to become Empathy Chairs starting Spring 2022. For more information about Empathy Chairs, click here.  

 

Advanced Training (Pre-requisite: Completion of Beginning Training)

  • Overview: Advanced Training builds upon Beginning Training to address more specific topics relevant to the college/graduate student experience and to provide extensive opportunities to practice the EARS skills. The curriculum of Advanced Training includes practice role-plays and presentations by campus and community experts on various topics relevant to well-being (previous topics have included cultural awareness, relationship dynamics, body image, alcohol and other drug use, identity exploration, and more). 

  • Basic Requirement: Advanced Training is intended for anyone in the Cornell community (students, faculty, staff) who has completed Beginning Training and wishes to continue developing their active listening, support, and leadership skills. 

  • Length: Advanced Training is one semester long and includes weekly Large Group meetings (30 minutes in-person with an asynchronous recording option) and weekly Small Group meetings (90 minutes in-person).

    • Large Group meetings will be offered on Mondays, 6-6:30 PM EST​

    • Small Group meetings will be offered at various 90-minute time slots (M 6:30-8PM, W 7-8:30PM, R 10-11:30AM). You will be able to indicate your availability when you register. 

Upon successful completion of Advanced Training and its related evaluation process, trainees may quality to become EARS staff members. 

 

Training FAQs (Click here for more FAQs)

Who can participate in training?

Any member of the Cornell Community (students, faculty, staff) who wants to:

  •     Become a better listener

  •     Become a better leader

  •     Make friends from across campus in a supportive and caring environment

  •     Gain valuable life skills and develop both personally and professionally

  •     Acquire confidence and skill in communicating with others

  •     Prepare to become a Peer Mentor, EARS Liaison, and/or Empathy Chair

Does Beginning and Advanced Training have to be taken consecutively?

No. As long as Advanced Training is taken after successful completion of Beginning Training, you are free to take a break between Beginning and Advanced -- as long as you are still an official member of the Cornell community when you sign up for both Trainings. 

Do I have to become a staff member after Advanced Training?

While the curriculum of Advanced Training is geared toward preparing trainees to fulfill the future roles of staff members, becoming a staff member is not required after Training. 

Who can become an EARS staff member?

While Training is open to any student of the Cornell community, staff membership is limited to currently enrolled Cornell students (Undergraduate, Graduate, and Professional). 

How has training changed?

Since EARS no longer offers peer counseling and has reimagined its services to reflect peer support through peer mentorship, Training will no longer teach a formalized structure of counseling. Instead, Training will focus on equipping trainees with strong listening, communication, empathy, and referral skills so that they can provide support, mentorship, and leadership in their respective social circles and/or organizations. The foundation of EARS training will stay the same in that we will still teach how to become an empathetic listener, but the focus, scope, and skills will be adjusted to align with the goals of peer mentorship. 

Do I need new training if I received Beginning Training under the old model but not yet Advanced Training?

No. Although the Beginning Training material has changed to align with the new EARS model, an overview of all skills - including all changes - and a thorough orientation to the new roles will be provided at the beginning of Advanced Training. You can continue to sign up for Advanced Training if you intend to join EARS staff. 

"The EARS model changed the way I communicate with both strangers and the people I love. The training taught me to let go of the pressure of saying the perfectly 'right' thing and to focus on fully listening instead. Putting those lessons into practice brought me some of the strongest friendships I have from Cornell. [...] I found EARS has helped me better identify and place value on my own wellbeing as well"

    - Annie Fu '20