Social Work Department of Madras Christian College extended its Training Program

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Social Work Department of Madras Christian College extended its Training Program

The Social Work Department of Madras Christian College has extended its training program on managing mental health of students to teachers of private schools.

Through ‘Doors’, its community mental health project, the department started a two-day training program for students of the Government Higher Secondary School in Sadurangapattinam near Kalpakkam in August last year. The program was organised in association with the School Education Department.

The training program, held recently, was aimed at disseminating information about mental health among the teachers, creating a favourable environment in promoting mental health in their institutions and to have an understanding of the relationship between adolescent behaviour and mental health, staff of the department told The Hindu.

Some of the key components of the training programme were to make the teachers have a perspective on life skill education and psychological interventions and ensure knowledge about mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention. Teachers handling classes above VIII Standard were trained in “identifying and managing mental health practices of the adolescent students,” they said.

Asked why such a project was formulated, staff of the department said teachers had a role in shaping and influencing the attitude of each student, who was influenced by several factors before taking a decision. The training programme would enable teachers to mould their students as overall sound individuals, who would think and act positively before taking a decision.

Stating incidents of students resorting to extreme steps for poor performance in academics and for other personal reasons, organisers said the two-day training programme would equip teachers with skills to guide students on the right path.

The training programme was held at Zion Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Selaiyur near Tambaram.

N.Vijayan, school principal, staff from the department, including Ninan John and Princy Solomon were among those present.