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Karen Kirkpatrick
Office Manager

Ph: (540) 464-7667
Fax: (540) 464-7025
Email Cadet Counseling

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Center for Cadet Counseling (CCC)
Virginia Military Institute
VMI Health Center
448 Institute Hill, 2nd Floor
Lexington, VA  24450

Cadet Peer Educators

Cadet Peer Educators, CPEs, are trained and nationally certified to assist with new cadet development, education/prevention programs, and individual peer support for a broad range of topics such as stress management, alcohol and other drugs, sexual health, interpersonal relationships, bystander intervention, and suicide. Cadets who serve as peer educators are selected, trained, and supervised by the Center for Cadet Counseling’s professional staff.


Cadet Peer Educators are committed to educating, role modeling, and motivating the VMI Corps of Cadets by offering information, resources, and support for developing and maintaining healthy lifestyles.


  • CPEs will provide peer support and motivation for non-life threatening, non-mental health needs
  • CPEs will assist professional staff at CCC during matriculation with peer support and out-processing
  • CPEs will provide accurate and current educational information about health/wellness to the Corps of cadets; This may include presenting at select safety briefs, hosting programs/events, talking to fellow cadets one-on-one about ways to stay healthy, and/or referring cadets to appropriate resources for assistance.
  • CPEs will encourage cadets to examine their attitudes and behaviors concerning these health issues
  • CPEs will role model healthy behaviors and attitudes, including but not limited to, engaging in appropriate bystander interventions, communicating efficiently and effectively, and providing support/empathy for fellow cadets
  • CPEs will be trained and well-versed on wellness topics, including alcohol/drug/tobacco use, healthy relationships, bystander intervention, and personal health
  • CPEs will assist in facilitating requested wellness workshops