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Not all students find it easy to express their thoughts and feelings to guidance counsellors of adult age. To address this gap, the Center of Guidance Services (CGS) of Our Lady of Fatima University (OLFU) holds the annual Peer Counseling Training Program. This year, activities along this area simultaneously took place on March 30 to 31, 2017 across all OLFU campuses.
Since 2004, CGS has been running training sessions for students interested to become University Peer Counselors. These volunteers go through a rigid screening process to guarantee that the would-be peers’ intentions are to sincerely be of help.
Peer Counselors are students, not professionals. Their role is to support their advisees, and guide them in developing resolutions to their problems, Skills in active listening, open dialogue and practical coping come into play. Simply put, Peer Counseling is all about peers helping their peers to help themselves.
Traditionally, the training program is usually rolled-out at the end of each school year, and is done simultaneously at all OLFU campuses. Using the same training modules ensures that trainees receive the same inputs, beginning from the lectures down to the group exercises. This creates a template for a unified sharing of knowledge and competencies.
After the two-day event, CGS presents the University with over a hundred certified University Peer Counselors who are ready to support their co-students in the new school year of 2017-2018.