BANGALORE: As many as 30 participants including secondary school teachers, volunteers, student counsellors, field workers from NGOs working with adolescent and young women were trained during a life skills educator’s workshop on ‘Empowering Adolescents- Promotion of Psychosocial Competence Using Life Skills Education’ organised by NIMHANS.
The three-day workshop which ended on March 28 focussed on adolescent development and how to facilitate development of psychosocial skills like decision making, problem solving, effective communication, interpersonal relationship, coping with stress and self awareness.
“The aim of the workshop was to provide the participants the skills towards promoting psychosocial competence in adolescents. Uniqueness of adolescent development, life skills and its relevance to adolescents and methodologies to make adolescents become aware of their abilities and ways to enhance them through peer learning were built into the programme of the workshop,” said Prof Srikala Bharath, Department of Psychiatry, NIMHANS.
This workshop is held every three months at NIMHANS. “The workshop focussed on the model of life skills education developed by the coordinators over the years who have also established the impact and effectiveness of the particular model which focuses on a continuous programme over three years during developmental years,” she added.