Mangaluru, May 20, 2018: Abhyuday, the Department of Counselling, Welfare, Training and Placement, NMAM Institute of Technology, Nitte, will organise a four- day national -level workshop on ‘Understanding Our Adolescents, Suicide Prevention and Introduction to Therapeutic Counselling for Teachers in Higher Education’ from May 21 to 24.
This year, along with teachers in higher education, senior training and human resource officials, Good Samaritans, practising doctors and wardens have also registered for the workshop.
Head of the department Prof Shalini K Sharma said familiarising the teachers with adolescent needs, helping them to identify their bio-psycho social and psychiatric problems early and intervening in a sensitive and professional manner is possible to create a caring atmosphere in the campus. It is a cost effective way of minimising student problems and maximizing growth in youngsters. It helps students to deal with the challenges in their personal and academic life which if ignored, result in unhealthy coping, poor academic performance and danger or loss of life, she added.
Professional colleges, engineering colleges in particular, admit students in large numbers. Hence, students’ problems get unnoticed. A proactive approach to effectively identify and respond to student’ issues, is the need of the hour, she said.
Student frustrations and impulsiveness could be tackled with concern and avenues provided to channelise their energies healthfully. It is essential that teachers are empowered to take on the adolescents under their care with a favourable attitude, knowledge and skills, she said.
The workshop will focus on various themes suicide prevention; identification of adolescent problems and psychiatric disorders in professional colleges; working with students to maximise competencies and practice counseling sessions. All will be done using real case studies, demonstrations, short films, discussions, role plays and practice sessions.
Dr Mohan Isaac, professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, University of Western Australia and Fremantle Hospital, a world-renowned psychiatrist will be the key note speaker.
Other resource persons are Dr P V Bhandary, psychiatrist and director, Dr A V Baliga Hospital, Udupi, Dr Rameela Shekhar, Dean of PG Department at the School of Social Work, Roshni Nilaya and Prof Shalini K Sharma, head, Department of Counselling, Welfare, Training and Placement, NMAMIT.