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Updated on Wednesday, April 1

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OMG: For anyone who needs someone to talk to: The Women's Centre and The Glow Centre for Sexual Diversity offer Peer Support Counselling most nights during the week. Everyone leaves the centre except for a trained Peer Support Counselor so it is very private and anonymous. They are there to talk about anything and can direct you to other resources if need be. They are not psychologists, but if you are waiting to see someone at counselling services or just need to get something off of your chest they are very knowledgeable, understanding and helpful.

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  1. There's also UW Mates in Health Services: http://uwmates.weebly.com/

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  2. How and by who specifically does a Peer Support Counselor get their training and for how long? How much do you mean by "very knowledgeable"?

    What's the implication of them not being psychologists?

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    1. How about as a percentage of how many hours training a psychologist puts in.

      Sucks that literally no one will fix the management crisis in counselling services, where the real psychologists are.

      The people that care don't have the power and the people with the power don't care.

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  3. Other counselling services issues are in omg's 20813, 20801, 20791, 20768, 20780.

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  4. sorry to say but at the womens centre most of the time the peer support person is an in-your-face feminist and someone who forces you to talk when you dont want to... not really helpful

    plus it's probably embarrassing for students to talk to other students about personal issues, who are at the same level as them (aka not a trained counsellor) who they might even know personally. this probably creates all kinds of anxiety

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    1. That sounds like good feedback for the Centre. But unless you want generic advice, I think most places would need to know what brought you in, and that'll take you saying since potentially difficult things.

      On difficulty talking to a person the same level - a peer. I'm a bit confused but may see your point. If you're more comfortable talking with a more trained counsellor whose outside of your wider social group, this may not be for you. Or they may have someone in that cattery. Have you asked?

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    2. it wasn't me, it was a friend who had this experience. not sure how what i said was confusing. thanks but no thanks

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