Shri Brijesh Pathak, Hon’ble Minister of Law and Justice, Government of U.P. highlighted the safety and security measures for girls. Many other dignitaries from various departments like Ms Thangzamawi Guite, Assistant Director, NIPCCD, Ms Bhavna Kapur, Child Right Actvist & Journalist, Col. Sanjay Panwar(Retd.), MD, ICONFIDA, Ms Sangeeta Sharma, Chairperson, Child Welfare Committee and Ms Renu Mishra, AALI Foundation presented their views creating awareness on Child Sexual Abuse and new measures to ensure child safety.
The workshop was held for Principals, Vice Principals, Senior Incharges and School Counsellors of CMS Campuses. It outlined the importance of having a secure base in one’s life and how it could be created for students in school. They explained Secure Base as a relationship that creates a feeling of safety and comfort, allows for exploration of environment, assures guilt free return after exploration and promotes the feeling of confidence and competence.
The workshop was conducted students of classes 10th and 12th, Senior Teachers and School Counsellors at various CMS Campuses. The session focused on goal setting, effective planning, how to enhance one’s concentration, overcome procrastination and facts about studying well and Do’s & Don’ts before exams, during exams and before the result. The students were encouraged to make SMART goals and to prioritize all activities.
Dr. Shelley Singh apprised the students of the changes that take place during adolescence, emotionally, physically and behaviorally. She shared that the hormonal changes which take place during adolescence and explained the bodily changes associated to puberty and laid emphasis on reproductive health. For girls, she shared the symptoms of menstruation and the hygiene to be maintained and safe products that are available for use. She shared some tips on how to maintain good menstrual hygiene to avoid infection and diseases.
Dr Mohajer explained external and internal behaviour in children with behavioural disorders. He said that those with external disorder were violent and aggressive, those with internal disorder were loners with anxiety and mood disturbances. Both these kinds found it difficult to focus on studies. Emotional and behavioural disorders could be due to heredity, diet, biological causes, home environment or school related factors like bullying and uncaring attitude of teachers. Children with such problems showed anxiety, panic, restlessness, stress and trauma and all these directly or indirectly affected their physical growth and mental development.
The workshop was attended by all the school counsellors along with the Coordinator Child Wellbeing, Mrs. Aruna Gupta at the NIPCCD regional center, to sensitize the participants about sexual offences being committed against children and the consequence traumas faced by them. Eminent psychologists and legal luminaries gave an orientation about the prevention, different support systems and rehabilitation services available for victims of sexual offence under POCSO Act & rules 2012.
The workshop was attended by all our School Counsellors at Nur Manzil Psychiatric Center, Department of Child and adolescence guidance clinic, Lucknow, which was indeed an enriching experience for everyone in context with being even better in understanding children with Self Harm behavior, making them understand what can be done and doing what is best for them.
It was attended by the Principals and the school counsellors with an objective to expand and disseminate knowledge on mental health issues of children.
The digital session was conducted by Cyber Security expert, Mr. Rakshit Tandon with the purpose of spreading awareness about safe use of Internet, Cyber Laws and Data privacy to make students virtually smart.
Workshops have been conducted in various branches of CMS for the senior section students to help them cope with examanation stress and motivate them to do their best.
Experts like Dr Anshumali Sharma, Chairperson of the Child Welfare Committee, Lucknow; Ms Shachi Singh, Director, EHSAAS; Dr Sangeeta Sharma, Director, HUM; and Mr Chandra Shekhar Verma addressed the students and shared the keys to success with them.
The School Counsellors conduct various regular workshops on Time Management, Aggression management, Good Parenting, Student teacher relationships for the students, teachers, and parents. Counsellors interact with the parents through Model Class Presentations, Orientation Programmes, and more.
Our counsellors have attended various workshops organized by ICTRC at Kanpur, Lucknow, Madhya Pradesh and New Delhi on various topics like: “Learning and Behavioral Problems”, Addiction in School Children – New Age Challenge”, “Child Mental Health”.
Held for our School Counsellors and Student Council members by the team of the Director, Department of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences, Fortis Healthcare, New Delhi, Dr. Samir Parikh. The workshop focused upon Gender Sensitization, Aggression Management, Bully to Buddy, Media Literacy and Study/Exam skills.
It was a great learning experience for the school counsellors.
CMS Aliganj I alumni Deepika Gupta took a session with school counsellors on the mental health of Indian teenagers through a video on Depression titled “Dobaara Poochho” highlighting that depression is hard to diagnose and sensitized the school counsellors with such cases.
Mr. Soni Kewal Ramani, expert in the field of emotional intelligence and hypno therapy conducted the session on “How to help children cope with stress”. It was attended by CMS Administrators and School Counsellors to help them get updated with the latest techniques of being more resourceful towards working for child wellbeing.
Dr Siddhant Kumar, UMEED Rehabilitation Centre conducted the workshop at CMS Gomti Nagar Campus II. Modules covered included role of counsellors and teachers, and how to find out if a child needs special care or support and various rehabilitation services.
Well-known Pediatrician Dr Piyali Bhattacharya led the session at CMS President’s Secretariat. Modules covered were adolescent diet, nutrition and health, and their connection with the mind.
Ms Nandini Sharma attended ‘Master Trainer Programme for Dyslexia and ADHD’ by the Development of Persons with Disabilities Department, Uttar Pradesh. (January 2017).
This was an awareness session conducted by Telenor. They emphasized the growing rate of cyber-bullying in India. The modules covered were ‘netiquettes’ and internet safety.
This was a workshop for CMS School Counsellors, conducted by renowned clinical psychologist Dr Divya Prasad at CMS Gomti Nagar Campus II. Modules covered included self-harming behaviour in school children and its management.
Mr Chandra Shekhar Verma led the session at The President’s Secretariat, City Montessori School, for Senior In-Charges and School Counsellors of various campuses. The participants learned about how to handle the students with ease and dignity and making them good humans and good students, thereby leading the child to the success ladder without pressure.
The workshop was conducted by Angela Sisson and attended by the School Counsellors.
Modules covered were helping children with special needs like Autism, ADHD, etc., and the role of teachers and counsellors in handling such children and supporting them.
A series of workshops were conducted in every campus for teachers of City Montessori School from August to December 2015 by eminent educationist Dr Sohayl Mohajer.
Presided over by Mrs Aruna Gupta (Coordinator, Child Wellbeing Department), the modules covered were Mental Health in School and a discussion on the Child Protection Plan.
This was conducted by the ‘Let’s Serve Foundation’ in collaboration with ‘Education We Want’ (NGO) at CMS Gomti Nagar Campus II. The teachers and counsellors of various schools participated and Ms Maggie Landry was the resource person. Modules covered included types of abuses, impact on mental health, building resilience among children, and the role of counsellors in building a support system.
This was held by the Macmillan Education Society, presided over by the eminent clinical psychologist Ms Jyotsna Bharadwaj. Modules covered included engagement and excellence in education, instilling of leadership qualities amongst students, and enhancing the personality of students through life skills.
Led by Ms Shachi Singh, Director ‘Ehsaas’ (NGO), along with lawyer Ms Shivangi Singh from "AALI" (NGO), this was held at the World Unity Training Centre at CMS Kanpur Road Campus. Modules covered included the POCSO Act and clauses. The importance of child protection plans was emphasised.
A five day comprehensive training workshop was conducted by Ms Shachi Singh and Ms Aditi Khosla, Co-founders of ‘Talking Point’, along with the clinical psychologist Ms Saumya Singh. The modules covered were on the role of counselors, counseling processes, counseling skills, life skill training, and child rights.