What is Peer Counselling; and who is it for?
Peer Counsellingis a counselling service for students on campus. It was created to help students deal with problems and issues, which they may be unable to cope with on their own. The service serves as both a counselling and referral service as well as an educative body on advocacy issue.
Students can get help with personal problems such as relationship difficulties, anxiety, stress, depression, family issues and basic support.
We are open form 8:15 to 16:30 weekdays
How do I sign up for counselling?
Who will my counsellor be?
- New Clients will be referred by a CCDU Intake therapist to a peer counsellor
- Counselling is free of charge
- Because of the number of student seeking help, we can offer only short-term therapy for 3-6 sessions. This means that if you have a long-term issue such as substance abuse or a severe eating disorder, we may need to refer you to other counsellors or agencies.
Trained peer supporters, psychologists and social workers that offer a broad range of interests, approaches, backgrounds and perspectives.
If I get counselling from a peer counsellor, can anyone find out about it?
All counselling is confidential. This means that we cannot release information about you except under certain legally prescribed conditions with your consent.
What we don t do!
The counsellors do not give advice, try to persuade or impose his/her opinions on you. Rather he/she listens, empathises and facilitates you re coming to your own decisions
How did this service start and who runs it?
Initially, the crisis centre was developed by the Students Representative Council to offer a service for the students. Due to its success it became an initiative of Student Affairs and is now housed under the Counselling and Careers Development Unit. However, it still remains a service by Wits Students for other students.
Top ten reasons why you should volunteer to be a CCDU Peer Volunteer?..
|10. ||Improve your personal and communication skills. |
|9. ||You get to work with professionals. |
|8. ||You gain organisational skills. |
|7. ||You get the opportunity to incorporate different skills and talents in your everyday work. |
|6. ||It s a place for personal growth and development. |
|5. ||You make new friends with fellow peer supporters. |
|4. ||You become active in campus life. |
|3. ||Volunteering is a GREAT way to spend all that extra time. |
|2. ||You help students to help themselves. |
|1. ||It just feels GOOD. |
Click here for the Peer Volunteer Application form