ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to develop a peer helping training program for university students in Turkey and to examine
its effectiveness in improving the helping skills and self-growth of peer helpers. A pre-test, post-test, follow-up-test experimental
design, involving a treatment and control group, was carried out with a total sample of 31 undergraduate participants. Results
indicate that there was a significant difference between treatment and control groups in specific measures of empathic and
reflection skills, but not in communication skills as a general measure. Significant improvements also were found in the treatment
group participants` self-esteem and self-acceptance in regard to time.
International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling 04/2012; 31(4):255-269.