Peer Counselling Training
The Peer Counselling Training and Supervision Programme, an important component of the Youth Substance Abuse Prevention and Awareness initiative, continues to be a much-needed programme for young people, especially in high-risk communities. Prospective peer counsellors, usually senior learners at school or youth leaders from the community, volunteer to attend an intensive two-day training programme which equips them with the skills, ability and confidence to counsel and render support to their fellow peers, encouraging them to seek treatment for substance abuse and other problems they may be experiencing.
SANCA Western Cape, in partnership with the Department of Social Development, successfully trained 34 volunteers from Atlantis, Delft, Khayelitsha and Mfuleni in the past year. Upon the completion of the rigorous training programme, peer counsellors were then monitored and supervised to render support services to no fewer than 2,000 of their peers.
News & Events
- SANCA recognises that there is no legal provision for the medicinal use of marijuana. South Africa is amongst over 95% of countries in the world which have classified marijuana as an illegal substance. SANCA’s stance on the matter is in line with this legislation.
- It is of the utmost importance to take into consideration the fact that marijuana is not harmless. The fact that one third of all patients treated at SANCA nationally during the past year used marijuana alone or in combination with other substances testifies to this. International studies strongly support evidence that marijuana is the “gateway drug” to other drug abuse.
- There is no conclusive evidence that the medicinal use of marijuana would be any more effective than the medications which are currently registered with the Medicines Control Council. Further research in this regard is necessary.
- Comprehensive research outcomes (national and international) on the effectiveness of the medicinal use of marijuana must be weighed up against the proven harmful effects of marijuana use and the effectiveness of currently available medication. This will provide the basis for a review of policy on this issue which should include consideration of implications for health policy in general.