“...Towards empowering students to create solutions for a happy and fulfilling life!”

About us

“If a child is to keep his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.”    - Rachel Carson

CMS Child Wellbeing Department is the brain child of our Respected Founder-Director and Child Psychologist Dr Bharti Gandhi, and our President Prof. Geeta Gandhi Kingdon. For ‘Making Every Child Good and Smart’, the Child Wellbeing Department was created with the appointment of school counsellors in every campus of CMS.

This department seeks to create an environment for spiritual, moral as well as social development of the child so that she/he feels safe, happy and secure in life. It further empowers the students to deal effectively with their everyday challenges by providing counselling services and life skill training on regular basis.

Child Well being

We at CMS believe that wellbeing is about children being confident, healthy and happy. Children desire to be loved, valued, respected, cared for and included. We feel that wellbeing is also an important element of overall student success. Students cannot achieve high academically if they feel unsafe and unhappy. They cannot be expected to reach their full potential if they have mental health issues and if we do not provide the support they need. And they cannot be their best if they are not motivated to adopt a healthy, active lifestyle, both in and outside of school.

Workshops & Training

  • 01-05-2021 Zoom online sessions on Special Pranayam practice sessions by MalvikaBajpai, National Yoga coach and joint secretary of Up Yoga association gave an effective session on Yoga focused on breathing exercises.
  • 05-05-2021 Zoom online sessions on “How to stay positive in times of crisis” Mental Wellbeing Series with Fortis National Mental Health Program team @IPNIndia conducted the session with the esteemed Guest Dr. Samir Parikh, Director, Fortis National Mental Health Program , where he answered number of questions and gave his valuable inputs on How to Stay Positive in Times of Crisis.
  • 06-05-2021 Zoom online sessions Virtue circle on 'gratitude' Dara Feldman gave a therapeutic session in the virtue circle on 'gratitude' for all the counsellors in which the counsellors shared how they were feeling, managing themselves and counselling others in this time of crisis.
  • 08-05-2021 Zoom online sessions Staying strong in crisis- role of teachers was taken up by the Session Expert - Ms. Kaman Cribber, Clinical Psychologist and Head Mental Health, Department of Mental Health & Behavioural Sciences, Fortis Healthcare
  • 15-05-2021 Zoom online sessions Skills for life during uncertain times Various Skills for Life during Uncertain Times were discussed for the Students. Session Expert - Ms. Diva Jain, Sports Psychologist and Head Psychologist Services, Department of Mental Health & Behavioural Sciences, Fortis Healthcare answers numerous queries of various students.
  • 20-05-2021 Zoom online sessions Loss and grief addressing the universal and a therapeutic session was taken up by Dr. Shekhar Seshadri, NIMHANS Bangalore on the issue relating to grief- where it was Priya Mehrotra personal contexts in the time of covid about helping and being there for those many who have lost near and dear ones in this time of covid.
  • 21-05-2021 Zoom online sessions coping with anxiety, depression and grief IQAC and counselling committee, Janki DeviMemorial College, with the team and resource person DR. Mamta Sood, (professor department of psychiatry, AIIMS, Delhi) gave an informative session on managing anxiety and grief.
  • 03-06-2021 Zoom online sessions Disaster management: mental health and psychosocial aspect An effective and much needed Session on Disaster management: mental health and psychosocial aspect was taken up by Dr. Suresh Bada Math under the chairpersons Dr. Nimesh Desai and Dr. M. L. Agarwal.
  • Child Well-being Survey and Research

    To buttress the process of Child Wellbeing at CMS, a survey for all students of classes 7th to 12th is conducted annually. The findings of the Child Wellbeing Survey are analyzed in detail by Professor Geeta Gandhi Kingdon, President and Managing Director (MD), CMS and Professor Nita Gandhi Forouhi, MRC Epidemiology Unit, School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge. The 2017 survey’s findings were discussed in detail on 31st September, 2017 with the CMS School Counsellors. Professor Nita Gandhi Forouhi, highlighted the various behavioural and psychological trends of our students revealed in the survey. The survey analysis gave some really amazing results worth consideration. It gave an insight of the students’ behavioral patterns, food habits, health and hygiene, nutrition, exercise, experincecne of bullying, internet usage, social media time expenditure, etc and the findings were presented by gender, age, domestic arrangement (living with both parents versus living with a single parent), etc.

    The survey gave our counsellors insights in to the various aspects of the well-being of their students (for whose Counselling they’re responsible). The in-depth analysis helped the Counsellors to know the actual condition/status of the pupil in their respective campuses and plan their actions accordingly, to ensure the wellbeing of the children. By the help of the survey, the counsellors could easily identify the target points and thus take necessary remedial actions. The survey will be carried out yearly.

    Our Services

    Individual Counselling

    We provide an open, supportive and confidential environment to the students to address the issues that are of concern to them. Through this unique process between a counsellor and a student we aim to help him/her to gain an understanding about his/her own behaviour and promote development of skills for dealing with difficulties associated with personal, academic and social life. This process works on the basis of trust and confidentiality.

    Group Counselling

    Students with similar experiences/issues are addressed together, where each group member contributes in some way, listening and talking to others. This group interaction provides an opportunity to build relationships and receive interpersonal feedback about each other’s experiences. This process helps them to gain specific skills and strategies to meet personal challenges and gain support and encouragement from others.

    Parental Counselling

    The school offers parental counselling to reduce the stress level and to increase the sense of confidence in parents. Parental counselling helps the parents in identifying and expressing feelings for their child when they interact with him/her. They learn new parenting skills and behavior management strategies.

    Family Counselling

    City Montessori School always places great importance on the family, with a number of initiatives each year to bring the school and the family closer together. A child needs the support of the entire family to live a happy and healthy life. At times family counselling is given to strengthen the relationship between the family members and the child.

    Training on Life Skills

    It is our endeavor to focus on cultivating life skills. Life skills are abilities for adaptive and positive behavior that enable us to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life. They are a set of human skills acquired via teaching or through direct experience and are used to handle problems and questions commonly encountered in daily human life. They aid individuals to develop into active and productive members of their communities.

    Our Team


    Contact Us

    Mrs Aruna Gupta

    Coordinator - Child Well Being
    President's Secretariat
    City Montessori School
    11, Station Road,
    Lucknow - 226001
    Uttar Pradesh, India
    Phone: 091 522 2638923, 2638483, 2637655 Ext. 6139
    Email: childwellbeing@cmseducation.org