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Peer Helping

Peer helper training consists of approximately 30 hours of customized training, aiming at attitudes and skills associated with interpersonal relationship building. It focuses on basic communication and helping skills.

Selected peer helpers attend a training programme which focusses on self-knowledge, relationship building and the transference of skills, such as non-verbal and verbal communication styles; empathic listening and responding, feedback, decision-making and problem-solving, value clarification, confidentiality, referral and ethics.  Trained peer helpers can serve as role models who formally and informally transfer their skills to peers, friends and families.

Following the core training, additional training and reflective practice sessions cover other topics, service delivery topics such as learning support (assisting with academic and learning skills), career information and employability skills and life style enhancement.

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