Princeton Distress Awareness & Response (PDAR)

Become a PDAR partner

Counseling & Psychological Services (CPS) facilitates a training program for students, faculty and staff, called Princeton Distress Awareness and Response (PDAR). PDAR is an interactive session designed to educate participants on the signs and symptoms to watch out for in students and others who may be in distress, and to arm participants with the tools needed to effectively respond. 

This free training is facilitated by CPS clinicians and takes about 1.5 hours to complete. 

Request a PDAR workshop through our Request a Program form (select "Connecting Matters" for program) if you are interested in bringing this training to your student organization or department, or if you are interested in attending a stand-alone session.

See our guide for faculty, staff and administrators for some key takeaways on recognizing and responding to students in distress. 

PDAR Partners

The following departments, groups and student organizations participated in PDAR trainings:


  • CJL Peers
  • Faculty through McGraw
  • Graduate Peer Mentors
  • Library Staff
  • Mol Bio Graduate Students
  • RCAs
  • Residential Life Coordinators
  • SIFP Mentors
  • Tigers Leading Tigers
  • Art & Archaeology Department
  • Honor Committee
  • Campus Recreation
  • Department of Spanish and Portuguese Pedagogy Seminar
  • Department of English AI's
  • Lewis Center Faculty
  • Title IX Investigators


  • CONTACT of Mercer County
  • Faculty Institute 
  • Industrial Relations Section 
  • Honor Committee & Peer Reps
  • SPIA Students
  • Physics Department
  • Comparative Literature Pedagogy Seminar
  • McGraw Center Learning Mentors 
  • Peer Academic Advisers 
  • Psychology and Neuroscience 
  • RCAs
  • SIFP Fellows
  • Tigers Helping Tigers


  • Disability Alliance at Princeton ERG 
  • English Pedagogy Seminar 
  • First Year Re-Orientation
  • Grad School Mental Health Month
  • Psychology and Neuroscience Faculty
  • RCAs 
  • SPIA
  • Tigers Helping Tigers