Peer counselors needed to shepherd Davao Norte youths


TAGUM CITY (PIA)—Peer counselors are needed to address the growing number of psycho-social concerns of adolescents, said Dr. Leslie Capuno, manager of Davao Medical Regional Center’s (DMRC) adolescent and youth wellness program. 

In an interview, Capuno said counseling would have a significant impact on adolescents and youths “if they can identify with the one telling them.”

The youth and adolescent hub of DMRC is scouting for peer counselors and seeking to tie up with the Provincial Health Office of Davao del Norte and the Department of Education’s schools divisions in Tagum City and Davao del Norte.

Recruits will be given thorough orientation and training before they would be deployed to carry out counseling and other interventions they can handle for adolescents and youths, Capuno said.

Under the Adolescent and Youth Wellness Program, DMRC needs three peer counselors a day to substantially provide counseling interventions to a minimum of eight and a maximum of 15 adolescents with psycho-social problems brought to DMRC in a day.

Temporarily, such program of DMRC is concentrating on cases of adolescent and youth pregnancy but Capuno said it will be looking after other social issues of the age group such as smoking and drug problems.

Cases needing interventions of psychiatrists and psychologists are referred to in-house professionals who can handle them, Capuno said.

The search of DMRC for more peer counselors is in line with its bid to gain the accreditation as Center for Adolescent Wellness providing “wholeness of services” for the welfare of adolescents, whom  Capuno viewed as “unique” individuals undergoing development transition.   (PIA XI)


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