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What is Peer Helping?

Peer Helping is a mutual learning situation in which NMMU students, who have received special training, listen to and help facilitate the growth and development of other students.

Selected students are chosen by SCCDC to attend training focused 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 are an extension of SCCDC and can serve as role models who formally and informally transfer their skills to peers, friends, and families. 


Our Values:

Peer Helpers at NMMU adhere to the values of NMMU, in particular, the values of Ubunty, integrity, and appreciation of diversity.

Respect for human dignity is also one of the foundations of a Peer Helper's thoughts and actions.

Peer Helpers are trustworthy, non-judgemental, good listeners and easy to talk to and they have a sound academic record.


Our Code of Ethics:

Peer Helpers are people of personal integrity, have a commitment to and pursuit of:

1.  A philosophy which upholds peer helping as an effective way to address the needs and conditions of people.

2.  Each individual's right to dignity, self-development, and self-direction.

3.  Training and support from professional staff while involved in the peer helper program.

4.  The development of a nurturing personality which:

  • reflects a positive role model and healthy lifestyle, and
  • rejects the pursuit of personal power, elitist status and gain at the expense of others.

5.  Maintenance of confidentiality except in the following situations which shall be reported to professional staff:

  • Situations involving real or potential harm or danger to self or others;
  • Severe dysfunction, eg psychotic behaviour, extreme alcohol and other drug abuse and other problems beyond the experience of a peer helper.

6.  Recognize personal limits and report and deal with potential threats to own emotional or physical well-being.


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