Peer Counselor Training at FISIP Undip: Strengthening Mental Health Support and Sexual Violence Response

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June 25, 2024

Semarang, June 22, 2024 – In an effort to foster a more supportive and secure campus environment, the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at Diponegoro University (FISIP Undip) conducted a peer counselor training program. This program was designed to equip students and administrative staff (Tendik) with the necessary skills to provide initial support to their peers facing mental health issues and sexual violence.

With an increasing awareness of the importance of mental health and addressing sexual violence in educational settings, FISIP Undip took proactive steps by establishing peer counselors. These peer counselors are expected to serve as initial companions who understand and are prepared to assist victims in the reporting process to the FISIP Wellness Unit (FWU).

The training began with a pretest aimed at assessing participants’ understanding of the forthcoming material. It proceeded with presentations on adolescent issues, encompassing key challenges such as academic stress, social pressures, and mental health challenges. Additionally, in-depth explanations were provided on violence and its various forms, including physical, emotional, sexual, and psychological violence, along with the impacts on victims.

The event concluded with an interactive discussion session allowing participants to ask questions, share experiences, and delve deeper into the topics covered. This training engaged students and administrative staff within the FISIP Undip community as part of efforts to ensure uniform support for the academic community at FISIP Undip. Participants gained practical knowledge and skills to effectively serve as peer counselors, ready to provide emotional support and understand the FWU reporting procedures.

FISIP Undip continues to demonstrate its commitment to developing programs that support the well-being and safety of its entire community. This peer counselor training program stands as tangible evidence of these efforts, aimed at fostering positive change agents within the campus.