KDU Peer-to-Peer Training Camp: You Are Not Alone

Ms. Hany’s Workshop on Ethics and Self Care. Case Study Discussion among the participants of the programme.
Starting the day with a kick during a kickboxing session. Visit and sharing session at the Befrienders Kuala Lumpur.
For the past 3 years, Peer to Peer (P2P) had been organising a training camp for the new members in order to equip them with relevant skills to help improve and spread awareness on mental health well-being in the campus. This year, its annual training camp was held on 3 and 4 March 2018.

The training camp kicked off with Mitchell Liong, the Senior Manager of Student and Alumni Centre (SAC) of KDU University College, welcoming the members and introducing the vision and mission of why P2P was established. The event later progressed into the micro-skills session with another 3 counsellors from the SAC, Tan Pei Xuan, Su Fay May and Grace Chan. The session focused on how different skills in counselling will be able to help the members to engage in a more meaningful sharing and create a therapeutic relationship between their peers who are in need.

As the programme continued, Ms. Hany Cheng (a licensed counsellor) conducted a workshop on self-care and ethics with the participants by reminding them that while taking care of others is extremely important, it is also part of their own duty to take care of themselves. It goes without saying that in order to make other people love us, we must love ourselves first. It is only through that positive mentality that we could reciprocate the similar outcome which we expect from other people around us. It is also essential to note that extending a helping hand to those who are really in need, will not make you feel less of what you already have but instead it will multiply the happiness via sharing.

The latter half of the day was packed with different activities, such as team building, counselling practice and movie screening. All of the sessions emphasised on active listening skills, observation skills and verbal tracking. The day ended with a group sharing session among members where they share their feelings and insights based on the movie, Good Will Hunting.

On the following day of the camp, P2P members started their morning with a kickboxing session with Ms. Shazrina Shamsuddin. On top of the casual in-house training regime, the members also had the chance to visit Befrienders KL at Jalan Templer. Mr. Kenny Lim, a full-time volunteer in Befrienders KL shared his experience, challenges and skills as a mental health helper with the participants.

Towards the end of the camp, the students created a ‘safety net’ as a symbol of supporting each other while supporting other peers. It was indeed a memorable experience for everyone who was part of this wonderful programme where they have acquired a number of skill sets which could be useful in their future. But more importantly, it is the new mindset that they inherit from this programme is hopefully going to be worthwhile for the participants when they enter the real world industry to become professionals in their respective fields.