Friday, April 24, 2009

Slideshow: Closing Ceremony

First session of “Peer Counseling Training” was completed successfully in March, 2009. A total number of 32 students from 4 different institutes completed training. Closing ceremony of Peer Counseling Training was held in the first week of April, 2009. All the students presented a number of activities on drug abuse prevention including poems, speech, songs and a short play. Towards the end the honourable chief guest Brig. Babur Idris expressed his views and distributed certificates amongst the trainees. Attached is a slideshow of the closing ceremony.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Closing Ceremony

All the students are requested to collect pictures and DVD of the Closing Ceremony.

Second Session of Peer Counseling Training

All the students who have completed Peer Counseling Training carried out by Aghaz-e-Nau and Anti Narcotics Force are requested to form another group of students in their departments. We plan to start second session of 90 students from 25th of April.

Inaugral Ceremony

Inaugral Ceremony of Peer Counseling Training was held by Aghaz-e-Nau in December, 2008. Trainee Students prepared a number of activities on drug abuse prevention. Chief Guest Force Commander Brig. Babur Idris, Anti Narcotics Force, Punjab delivered a very enthusiastic speech, which was really appreciated by all the participants.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Introduction: Peer Counseling Training

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Bright Stars: Peer Counseling Training Program for Drug Abuse Prevention was planned in April, 2008 and a structured training program was developed for students with special focus on to develop social and academic skills, to enhance peer relationships, to develop self confidence and to help students develop coping and drug-refusal skills. An Orientation Lecture was oranized by Aghaz-e-Nau for the Heads of Educational Institutes. Force Commander Brig. Babur Idris, Anti Narcotics Force, Punjab presented a well detaileled description on drug abuse situation in the region of Punjab, commonly used drugs and the need of Primary Prevention. All the teachers and department heads were requsted to nominate students to pariticipate in Peer Counseling Training Program. As a result we managed to form a group of 40 students from 4 differnt institutes.First training session was started in November, 2008.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Features of Peer Counseling

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Bright Stars is a unique program having unique features to help young students to stay away from drugs. It helps them learn how to form positive habits; to overcome past traumatic experiences; learning to be positive; developing empowering beliefs; building Positive Attitude for a Drug Free Life; learning to become a winner and not a loser; goal setting; motivation building; developing healthy self esteem; building confidence to conquer the war of drugs; emotional management; interpersonal skills; developing healthy relationships; communication skills; social skills training; overcoming shyness to avoid Peer Pressure; improving concentration and memory and learning healthy ways to enhance concentration, memory and ability to recall; stress management; improving study skills; learning to cope with difficult situations and developing values and clear vision as it is a
pathway for a drug free life.

Why Peer Counseling Training?

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There is no single reason to start using drugs. In most cases drugs are used by teenagers who have problems that they can't deal with. Many people use drugs for some unexplained reasons but the most common reasons are: to overcome shyness; to overcome stress; to seek pleasure; to overcome anger or other unpleasant feelings; to improve confidence, self image or self worth; to cope with problems at home; to cope with problems in relationships; the most common reason that makes people to use drugs is peer pressure; some use drugs because of being adventurous and curious; problems in school, college or university like low attention span, concentration and memory problems; poor grades and some end up using drugs because one of the family members is drug addicted.
Many factors can add to a person’s risk for drug abuse. Risk factors can increase a person’s chances for drug abuse, while protective factors can reduce the risk as reported by nida research. Risk and protective factors can affect children at different stages of their lives. At each stage, risks occur that can be changed through prevention and intervention. Early childhood risks, such as aggressive behaviour, can be changed or prevented with family, school, and community interventions that focus on helping children develop appropriate, positive behaviours. If not addressed, negative behaviours can lead to more risks, such as academic failure and social difficulties, which put children at further risk for later drug abuse.
Peer Counseling Training for young students is a wonderful idea to help them stay away from drugs. It gives them a healthy environment to interact with others and develop confidence; self worth and communication skills. Good communication skills help them resist peer pressure, which is the most common cause of drug abuse.

Peer Counseling Training

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Today’s youth is increasingly diverse in many ways resultantly having diverse problems. All children and adolescents face problems time to time. They may feel stressed out, anxious or depressed; they may feel lack of confidence, low self esteem; they may lack effective study skills and fall behind in their studies and they may experiment with drugs and alcohol. Peer Counseling Training will help students overcome their problems and at the same time they will learn to help their peers. AeN has developed a program, which is educational, interactive and skill based to equip students fight against drrug abuse. At the same time they learn to help others.